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HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Windows 8.1 Tablet Review: Faster, better, still rugged

Jon L. Jacobi | Dec. 4, 2014
Make it better and they will come. That's a common vendor mantra, but rarely are the improvements as compelling as those on HP's $800, 10.1-inch ElitePad 1000 business tablet. The successor to the ElitePad 900 replaces the single-core Intel Atom Z2760 with a significantly faster quad-core Intel Atom Z3795 CPU, features a higher-resolution display (1920x1200 versus 1280x800), and has twice the memory at 4GB. Those adds alleviate just about every complaint we had about the ElitePad 900--without killing what we liked about it. Even the battery life has improved.

You may also opt for the smaller $49 HDMI/VGA dongle, $39 ethernet adapter, and $29 USB adapter, which are easier to pack, if not as convenient. There's also a $249 productivity jacket with a full-size keyboard, USB ports etc. and a $149 battery jacket that will ratchet up runtime to about 20 hours. However, both add considerably to the ElitePad 1000's 0.36-inch thickness and weight. When you start to accessorize any tablet to this degree, you have to ask yourself why exactly you're buying a tablet rather than a laptop.

Storage also continues to be a problem. Our unit came with a 64GB in eMMC which is probably the bare minimum for even a business-class tablet in terms of space. Fortunately, HP sells a model with 128GB too.

Oddly, after touting the ElitePad 1000's ruggedness, HP's warranty for it lasts only a single year. A variety of paid support plans to add up to five years of protection. The ElitePad 1000 is also fully decked out with HP's business-targeted software bundle, which includes Trust Circles, Client Security Manager, and Device Access Manager.

It doesn't get much better than the ElitePad 1000 in a Windows 8.1 business tablet, and kudos to HP for improving what needed to be improved without drastically increasing the weight. It's fast enough, lasts long enough, and has a capable set of accessories.

 

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