HP ElitePad 900 review: HP's first Windows 8 tablet for the business world
The ElitePad 900 is a well-made tablet with a lovely display and lots of business-friendly security features. But sluggish performance and mediocre battery life dampen our enthusiasm.
- Gorgeous, durable design
- Bright IPS display
- Useful accessories, including a case with a spare battery
- Sluggish performance
- Middling battery life
- Expensive compared to other business tablets
HP's business PCs have always been surprisingly pretty. Not that good looks are high on our list of criteria, mind you, but at the very least they make a strong impression. Now that companies have gotten more comfortable with tablets (and Windows 8 in particular) HP is selling the ElitePad 900, its first Win 8 tablet built for the enterprise. Like all those EliteBook laptops that came before it, it has a metal chassis that's not only sleek, but meets the military's MIL-Spec standards too. Otherwise, it has everything you'd expect from a business tablet: support for pen input, mobile broadband and security features like TPM. It's also being sold alongside various accessories, including some cases that add further functionality besides just protection from scratches. With a starting price of $699 for the 32GB model, though, it's a little more expensive than its competitors. Does that mean it's a little bit better too?