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iPad Killer: HP release new netbook - October 22, 2010, 11:55 AM

HP Slate: The $800 business netbook without a keyboard - CNN.com


HP Slate: The $800 business netbook without a keyboard


By Charlie Sorrel, WIRED
October 22, 2010 7:39 a.m. EDT | Filed under: Gaming & Gadgets





The Slate was proudly touted by Microsoft's Steve Ballmer as an iPad killer, back before the iPad even existed.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • HP reveals 8.9-inch tablet with capacitive multi-touch and that runs Windows 7
  • HP Slate 500 Tablet PC is just that, a PC
  • Slate is also Wi-Fi only: There's no 3G radio
  • HP justifying price by saying it's designed for business purposes


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(WIRED) -- HP has at last revealed its long-awaited Slate, an 8.9-inch tablet with capacitive multi-touch and running Windows 7.
The Slate, you will remember, was proudly touted by Microsoft's Steve Ballmer as an iPad killer, back before the iPad even existed.
So is this an iPad competitor? No freakin' way.
The HP Slate 500 Tablet PC is just that, a PC. It runs on a 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor, has 2GB RAM and a 64GB SSD, along with a Broadcom accelerator for 1080p video, a USB port, HDMI-out, a hardware Ctrl-Alt-Delete switch, a button to activate the on-screen keyboard and a pair of cameras, one on the back for photos and one on the front for Skyping.
It also has, somewhat unbelievably, a slide-out Windows license.
That's right. Apparently any machine with Windows pre-installed needs to show the license info and HP, in order to keep the rear design clean, opted to add a slide-out plastic bar to display it.
Oh, it is also Wi-Fi only: There's no 3G radio.
There is one nice touch: the screen includes a Wacom digitizer so you can use a stylus to take notes on screen. There is nowhere to store the stylus, though, so you'll lose it soon enough.
Clearly, the Slate is to full-featured tablet PCs as a netbook is to a proper notebook: a scaled back, underpowered portable with a too-small screen, running an OS designed for the desktop, not a touch-operated device.
HP has tried to justify the ridiculous price with a disclaimer in its press release, which says it is "designed specifically for business." The problem is, businesses are already buying the iPad, which is designed just to be good.
We're certainly looking forward to seeing some proper rivals to the iPad, with ten-inch screens running an OS designed for touch. The HP Slate, a netbook with the keyboard missing, ain't it.


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October 22, 2010, 11:58 AM

Anyone that thinks that is an iPad killer clearly doesn't understand the iPad market.
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October 22, 2010, 12:02 PM

lol i just copied the article...I have an iPad. and this thing certainly isnt a ipad killer.

The one thing it has going for it over the iPad is the usb port. iPad should have at least had an SD slot. (They do sell a combo SD/apple plug adapter) for $30 !!!!.

HDMI out, micro usb, and SD slot would have made the iPad a little more usefull.


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This thing looks as DOA as the new Honda CR-Z, out of touch with the competition and what customers want.


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This thing looks as DOA as the new Honda CR-Z, out of touch with the competition and what customers want.
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My iPad plays over 9 hrs of video... This will probably last two or three hours max.


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It also has, somewhat unbelievably, a slide-out Windows license.
That's right. Apparently any machine with Windows pre-installed needs to show the license info and HP, in order to keep the rear design clean, opted to add a slide-out plastic bar to display it.
Hilarious!!


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Anyone that thinks that is an iPad killer clearly doesn't understand the iPad market.
+100 the same goes for the iPhone. Once you go Mac you never go back


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This thing looks as DOA as the new Honda CR-Z, out of touch with the competition and what customers want.
I love this vehicle. It's exactly what I want!
I hate my Prius... but it's free and gets good gas mileage. I would never and could never justify paying $30k for it. Honda has been tossing around the idea of a sporty Hybrid for a while, and I like it. I would own one if I needed a car. Price is right on too... coming in under $20k.
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I'll file this right next to the Iphone killer ....



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Total and complete failure for this product is what's going to happen.

The market has proven 2 things:

1. They want something that does media extremely well. Thats the iPad

2. They want something that you can be productive and do business on. Thats a the shift from desktops to laptops.


This POS device tries to do both and will be the worst at both worlds. Not to mention $800? Sorry HP - I like your EliteBooks, but this thing is DOA.


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I'm so tired of hearing this is the new "I-xyz" killer.

Just focus on making great products. The marketplace will decide whether it's the new "i-thisandthat" killer.



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I love this vehicle. It's exactly what I want!
I hate my Prius... but it's free and gets good gas mileage. I would never and could never justify paying $30k for it. Honda has been tossing around the idea of a sporty Hybrid for a while, and I like it. I would own one if I needed a car. Price is right on too... coming in under $20k.
and I'm a Toyota Dealer... oops... haha!
I don't think anything with only 122 hp in a car should ever have the word sporty associated with it. It's probably a more fun hybrid to drive then all the rest but its like driving a DX civic back in the day, no fun but you can wring it out and feel cool.


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I hate my Prius... but it's free and gets good gas mileage. I would never and could never justify paying $30k for it. Honda has been tossing around the idea of a sporty Hybrid for a while, and I like it. I would own one if I needed a car. Price is right on too... coming in under $20k.
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under $20? Those dicks wants close to $25 for it.


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The good: you can likely install anything that needs windows (ie, bazzaz or PC3/V software).

The bad: it does not offer enough juice to be a laptop (or even a decent netbook for that matter) and they should offer it with the dual core atom. Plus, the ram is built in and not removable.


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