- Editor's Rating
- Sturdy build quality
- Flexibility via accessories
- Long-lasting battery
- Mediocre performance
- No industry-standard ports built in
- Cost of accessories
Quick TakeUsers who want an affordable tablet with the ability to adapt via numerous optional accessories should not overlook the HP ElitePad 900.
The HP ElitePad 900 is a business-class Windows 8 tablet with a host of available accessories that offer additional utility and performance. The device has a base price of $960 at the time of the review, but users looking to get the most out of the tablet should expect to pay more when accessories are added on.
The ElitePad 900 has a sleek and clean design with a silver aluminum chassis that covers the back panel, a black rubber protective padding along the edges and black Gorilla Glass panel on the front. The tablet is 7 x 10 x .4-inches and weighs 1.5 pounds, making it easy to travel with. TabletPCReview found the chassis is durable and does not flex even when extreme pressure is applied.
TPCR noted the tablet provides users will an “excellent viewing experience.” The ElitePad 900 has a 10.1-inch WXGA multi-touch display with a 149 pixel-per-inch resolution. The screen produces strong color contrast and a “clean, clear, crisp image.” It also has generous viewing angles. TPCR noted the tablet is “perfect for reading and viewing various types of media content,” but did find the screen is very reflective and difficult to view in direct sunlight. The touchscreen capabilities are responsive with no lag. TPCR also found the device’s on-screen keyboard is of high quality and performs well with no delay.
The tablet has minimal buttons with a single home button on the front, volume controls on the back right panel and a stereo/headphone/microphone combination jack, rotation switch and power button on the top edge of the device. The standalone ElitePad 900 does not feature a single port other than the power/docking connector on the bottom edge of the device. However, various accessories including the HP Elite Docking Station and HP ElitePad Expansion Jacket ($100 at the time of the review) offer an array of ports, including USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, and VGA, HDMI and Ethernet ports. TPCR noted users who want the most out of the tablet should consider investing in the Expansion Jacket, which also includes an additional battery.
Performance is where the ElitePad 900 falls short, with TPCR calling it a “noticeable weak point.” The tablet comes equipped with an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator, 2GB RAM and runs the full version of Windows 8. It’s closer on the spec sheet to the Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx than Surface Pro, and TPCR noted the device is best used for basic computing functions like word processing and web browsing and noted the tablet had extreme difficulty multi-tasking. Under strenuous TPCR testing, the ElitePad 900’s battery lasted five hours and 50 minutes, which TPCR called “exceptional.” With the additional battery included in the Expansion Jacket, the battery life almost doubled, lasting 10 hours and 52 minutes.
Overall, TPCR was impressed with the HP ElitePad 900’s sturdy build quality, long-lasting battery and flexibility with added accessories but was disappointed with the mediocre performance and lack of built-in ports. In the end, TPCR noted the HP ElitePad 900 is not to be overlooked by users who want an affordable tablet with the ability to expand with optional accessories.