HP’s Windows 7 Slate 500: 8.9-inch screen, requires stylus, retails for $800

“HP has finally released its Slate tablet,” Wendy Sheehan Donnell reports for PC Magazine. “HP is marketing the Slate 500 as a business device.”

“The tablet runs Windows 7 Professional, so it’s focused more on productivity than entertainment,” Donnell reports. “HP is pushing it as, well, a blank slate for customizable business applications for various vertical markets like education, hospitality, and insurance and real estate industries.”

The slates contains a 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor along with “2GB of RAM along with 64GB of solid-state storage. There’s an SD card slot on the left panel to expand that 64GB,” Donnell reports. “Smaller than the iPad (9.2 by 5.9 by 0.6 inches—HWD), the HP Slate 500 weighs the same 1.5 pounds, but feels bulkier despite its slightly more petite 8.9-inch capacitive touch screen. The 1,024-by-768-pixel display, which sometimes requires a stylus, is surrounded by a brushed-aluminum frame.”

Donnell reports, “There’s no 3G connectivity; the Slate 500 integrates 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi… Other features include two cameras—one is front-facing and captures VGA-quality video, and there’s a 3-megapixel still and video camera on the back panel… In the box, you get the very-necessary stylus (some of the elements in Windows are too small to hit accurately on the 8.9-inch screen), and a faux leather carrying case (there’s a space to store the stylus in the case, since it doesn’t slide into, or attach to the Slate itself). Also, there’s a dock/stand that props the tablet up at about a 30 degree angle, which has two more USB ports (there’s one on the tablet itself) and an HDMI-out connector… The Slate 500 retails for $799 and is available now.”

Full article, with many more photos, here.

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