HP Slate 500 announced, $799 price tag

Who could have predicted that Apple would actually be undercutting the competition in tablet pricing? As the tablet wars really begin to heat up, HP just announced the availability of their Slate 500, an 8.9 inch Windows 7 tablet that will cost $799 (The Samsung Galaxy Tab came in at $599). Aimed squarely at the enterprise and business community, the tablet is packing an Atom Z540 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD, HDMI out, and 3MP back and VGA front cameras. It also comes with a Wacom stylus called a Digitizer for note taking and diagramming.

According to Engadget, the device feels sturdy and is lighter than other 10 inch tablets in the arena. They praised the addition of the Wacom pen due to the cramped feel of the virtual keyboard on a smaller screen. As it is running Windows 7 Professional on an Atom Z processor, this won’t be the speediest tablet to hit the market, but if it’s targeted at the business workforce, it most likely be more than enough for basic productivity needs. The full press release is below.

HP Statement

The new HP Slate 500 Tablet PC is designed specifically for business, enterprise and vertical customers looking for the mobility of a tablet, the familiarity of Microsoft Windows 7 and the ability to run custom or corporate applications.

With a starting weight of only 1.5 lb (0.68 kg), the HP Slate 500 Tablet PC sets a new standard for mobile productivity with a an ultra-thin, sleek form-factor that enables businesses such as retail, healthcare, insurance, education and hospitality to be more intuitive and work efficiently while on the go. The ability to easily incorporate custom business applications differentiates this product and ultimately enhances the user experience and saves time for HP's business and enterprise customers.

The 8.9-inch capacitive multi-touch display of the HP Slate 500 Tablet PC allows users to navigate on the screen with the touch of a finger or with the HP Slate Digital Pen and Evernote® software to handwrite e-mail messages and take notes easily.

The integrated VGA webcam on the front of the HP Slate 500 Tablet PC enables video conferencing, while the 3MP camera on the back can be used for still-image and video capture. With Wi-Fi CERTIFIEDTM WLAN, users can send and receive e-mails or access the internet at work, at home, and favorite hotspots.

The HP Slate 500 Tablet PC will be available first in the U.S. and then evaluated for further market expansion.

Pricing for the HP Slate 500 Tablet PC is $799, and includes the HP Slate Digital Pen, HP Slate Dock, and HP Slate Portfolio.

To learn more about the HP Slate 500 Tablet PC and ways it will enable mobile professionals to increase efficiency, please visit: www.hp.com/go/slate/

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The size of a netbook, the CPU of a netbook, remove the keyboard, and jack up the price.

Yeah, that's got "winner" written all over it.

800$ for a sad slow crippled windows 7 machine ? why would someone in the right mind do that when Windows is still keyboard-mouse intended OS ... 800 $ ? seriously ?

vladtm said,
800$ for a sad slow crippled windows 7 machine ? why would someone in the right mind do that when Windows is still keyboard-mouse intended OS ... 800 $ ? seriously ?
Because windows 7 works great on a touchscreen? Well depending on the touchscreen of course and i wouldn't be surprised if it's a crappy one in this device...

"It also comes with a Wacom stylus called a Digitizer for note taking and diagramming."

1) This means it has full handwriting recognition, something Win7 does well. (It also would make the screen cost more than the iPad screen.) By definition this is what a true 'tabletpc' is supposed to have.
2) The price is not out of line when you also factor this is a full PC, not a hacked down device with sub par hardware. (For example, based on the hardware specs, it can even run games like WoW or really nice drawing software.)

Jdawg683 said,
just costs too much... Atom cpu, 2GB ram, 64GB SSD for $800?

Compared to what?

Name anything which has the cross-compatibility in the form-factor for the price (iPad is priced the same, but runs iOS, not Windows; most Android-based tablets have less RAM and less capacity, and again, run a non-Windows OS). It's a *niche device*, not a general-purpose device. If you need a more general-purpose portable, there's the Pavilion dm1z (which costs less than the Slate, and has more RAM and more storage besides); however, the dm1z *is* a power-netbook (a notebook in a netbook formfactor), and not a tablet/slate.

Jdawg683 said,
just costs too much... Atom cpu, 2GB ram, 64GB SSD for $800?

Well, Don't forget to add Windows 7 Price in $800...Professional edition is almost $100.

All of these tablet devices coming out are great... Good competition rules. Should mean better overall products in the long run which is better for us(the consumer)

Not a bad price at all.. however, its too high to hit commodity but its low enough that its not overpriced. Compared to the ipad its more of a computer but will the industry see it as that? If this Slate has a kickstand and usb ports to use as a computer then it may very well be priced just right. Where it could really shine is corporate deployments - an area where windows integrates real nicely - from centralized management to active directory to using business applicatinos that are already available but touch enabled to allow more growth in mobile computing.

The price is just a little to high. I was at Walmart the other day and they now sell the iPad. Their display had iPads listed in price from $499.00 up to $899.00. All models had WIFI. So it would appear that HP is going to have to come up with a basic Slate along with something in the middle price range if they plan on committing with Apple.

I'm afraid I can't use HP products. I have a strong hatred for anything HP, minus the brown sauce! (mhmm)

I have a HP laptop that overheats every five seconds. I'm sure this won't, but I'm not risking anything on a HP product.

Purify said,
I'm afraid I can't use HP products. I have a strong hatred for anything HP, minus the brown sauce! (mhmm)

I have a HP laptop that overheats every five seconds. I'm sure this won't, but I'm not risking anything on a HP product.

We had a few (5-6) hp laptops a few years ago that were all utter crap. Buggy, crashed a lot had poor battery life. We swore them off. But now a days HP laptops are at least looking less like cheep pieces of plastic.

Shadrack said,

We had a few (5-6) hp laptops a few years ago that were all utter crap. Buggy, crashed a lot had poor battery life. We swore them off. But now a days HP laptops are at least looking less like cheep pieces of plastic.

Well I have the G7000. Don't get it, honestly.

Purify said,
I'm afraid I can't use HP products. I have a strong hatred for anything HP, minus the brown sauce! (mhmm)

I have a HP laptop that overheats every five seconds. I'm sure this won't, but I'm not risking anything on a HP product.

Most of the laptops I've looked at from friends have been HP's and had the same issue. At this point I just tell them to get an Asus as I've had the best experience with those.

ILikeTobacco said,

Most of the laptops I've looked at from friends have been HP's and had the same issue. At this point I just tell them to get an Asus as I've had the best experience with those.

nothing beats lenovo (they only lack in extendability (ports)) IMO

Purify said,
I'm afraid I can't use HP products. I have a strong hatred for anything HP, minus the brown sauce! (mhmm)

I have a HP laptop that overheats every five seconds. I'm sure this won't, but I'm not risking anything on a HP product.


I've the same experience with Dell Studio laptop. Dell Studio 1557 hangs eveyday Dell even doesn't reply a word on official forum thread. Where I can go? Fujitsu or Sony?

Purify said,
I'm afraid I can't use HP products. I have a strong hatred for anything HP, minus the brown sauce! (mhmm)

I have a HP laptop that overheats every five seconds. I'm sure this won't, but I'm not risking anything on a HP product.

I have a HP Envy, which never overheats even though it's pretty powerful and slim (core i7-720qm, although I heard the first generation ran very hot); I think with HP you have to go expensive or ignore their products. Sony VAIO's are probably the best at mid range prices in terms of build quality, pretty competitive pricing as well.

Minimoose said,

I have a HP Envy, which never overheats even though it's pretty powerful and slim (core i7-720qm, although I heard the first generation ran very hot); I think with HP you have to go expensive or ignore their products. Sony VAIO's are probably the best at mid range prices in terms of build quality, pretty competitive pricing as well.

HP Envy with Core i7-720QM? This processor has itself overheating problem. My Dell Studio goes to 98 Degree Celsius sometimes when I render in Autodesk Revit. So don't write "never overheats"

chadlachlanross said,
I'll stick with the iPad.

I have an iPad and I'll be getting a Windows 7 slate like this one ASAP. The iPad has been nice to play solitaire when watching TV or playing movies/music when traveling by plane, but you can't actually *do* anything real with it. The slate will run everything Windows 7 and that means I can do everything an iPad can do *and* replace my laptop in many circumstances.

My iPad is an expensive toy. I need more than that from my next slate device.

Sgutta said,
oh well how can I Ctrl+Alt+Del. I wont feel like using windows unless I can do this...

That is a very good question. Would be annoying to have to force a reboot because there is no way to unfreeze something using ctrl+alt+del

Sgutta said,
oh well how can I Ctrl+Alt+Del. I wont feel like using windows unless I can do this...

As I recall, the button on the top right edge is a Ctrl-Alt-Del button.

roadwarrior said,

As I recall, the button on the top right edge is a Ctrl-Alt-Del button.

Correct.
That is a very good question. Would be annoying to have to force a reboot because there is no way to unfreeze something using ctrl+alt+del

Yes because things freeze so often on Windows right? Oh wait. Not to mention you can always right click on the taskbar and click task manager.

/- Razorfold said,

Correct.

Yes because things freeze so often on Windows right? Oh wait. Not to mention you can always right click on the taskbar and click task manager.

You do realize that most one bad experience will over shadow 100 good experiences in most peoples brains right? With normal use, Windows freezes about once a month on my work PC. Granted its a cheap i3 CPU and only 3Gigs of ram but freezing is freezing. Windows 7 is a huge improvement on XP and Vista but it is not perfect and you have to be naive to think it doesn't ever freeze.
Also, how does right clicking the taskbar and clicking task manager work when its the taskbar that is frozen going to work? hint: it won't. You have to use ctrl-alt-del at that point.

ILikeTobacco said,

You do realize that most one bad experience will over shadow 100 good experiences in most peoples brains right? With normal use, Windows freezes about once a month on my work PC. Granted its a cheap i3 CPU and only 3Gigs of ram but freezing is freezing. Windows 7 is a huge improvement on XP and Vista but it is not perfect and you have to be naive to think it doesn't ever freeze.
Also, how does right clicking the taskbar and clicking task manager work when its the taskbar that is frozen going to work? hint: it won't. You have to use ctrl-alt-del at that point.


Hm interesting. In the year that I've been using Windows 7, I've had it freeze like once on me. And thats with an old core 2 duo, 4gb ram laptop.
7/Vista comes with a reliability monitor and mines at 8+ with the last recorded incident of explorer freezing being on March 2010.
So like I said, "because things freeze so often on Windows, right?".

/- Razorfold said,

Hm interesting. In the year that I've been using Windows 7, I've had it freeze like once on me. And thats with an old core 2 duo, 4gb ram laptop.
7/Vista comes with a reliability monitor and mines at 8+ with the last recorded incident of explorer freezing being on March 2010.
So like I said, "because things freeze so often on Windows, right?".

I am assuming you are at least as good with computers as I am which means your computer should be running at a fairly optimal rate. Most consumers, that is not the case. I run 3 VM's on my machine at a time which is usually the cause for my freezes. I know a few people that are bad enough with computers that they have 3-4 "search bars" on IE and various other crapware on their machine simply because they don't know better. Now imagine one of those people using a device that doesn't have a ctrl-alt-del button. You may not have issues but even if you did, you would hopefully be able to fix them. Most people don't know how because if they did, Best Buy's Geek Squad wouldn't be profitable. Also, even though this is being described as a "enterprise and business" tablet, it is HP so chances are it will end up on Wal Mart shelves. Everyone is happy for you and your great experience with 7/Vista but you are not the uneducated IT consumer so stop using your experience as the basis for what other people would or would not have a problem with. If this did not have a ctrl-alt-del button, it would result in a very bad experience for the average consumer.

Yes because the average person who buys this knows about ctrl-alt-delete and can find explorer.exe and end it. And then considering that sometimes explorer.exe doesn't auto-restart when you end it, they'll also know how to restart the process.

Yup, that sounds like an uneducated tech person to me. My dad has a laptop running Windows 7, hasn't crashed on him yet either and he's what you would consider uneducated. Obviously theres some magical voodoo here.

If you're considering application crashes, then yeh applications do crash on Windows but those don't freeze up the taskbar and prevent you from clicking "start task manager"

/- Razorfold said,
Yes because the average person who buys this knows about ctrl-alt-delete and can find explorer.exe and end it. And then considering that sometimes explorer.exe doesn't auto-restart when you end it, they'll also know how to restart the process.

Yup, that sounds like an uneducated tech person to me. My dad has a laptop running Windows 7, hasn't crashed on him yet either and he's what you would consider uneducated. Obviously theres some magical voodoo here.

If you're considering application crashes, then yeh applications do crash on Windows but those don't freeze up the taskbar and prevent you from clicking "start task manager"

Clearly the instances I mentioned and experienced never happened and I was on crack and voodoo was in fact involved. Stop being naive using your experiences as a basis for absolute statements. Fact: Windows 7 is not perfect and freezes up. The arguement here is that when this happens, there needs to be a way to get "ctrl-alt-del" and without that, the device in question is flawed. Your pointless arguing has now brought the argument to an irrelevant place so grow up and stop claiming it is not possible. A quick search on google for "windows 7 task bar freezes" and you'll get plenty of results showing it happens.

ILikeTobacco said,

Clearly the instances I mentioned and experienced never happened and I was on crack and voodoo was in fact involved. Stop being naive using your experiences as a basis for absolute statements. Fact: Windows 7 is not perfect and freezes up. The arguement here is that when this happens, there needs to be a way to get "ctrl-alt-del" and without that, the device in question is flawed. Your pointless arguing has now brought the argument to an irrelevant place so grow up and stop claiming it is not possible. A quick search on google for "windows 7 task bar freezes" and you'll get plenty of results showing it happens.

Your hyperbolic statements based on your reality of Win7 reliability aside, I would assume like other TabletPCs, there is a inset button for Ctrl-Alt-Del.

People act like this is the first Tablet to be running Windows. Windows TabletPCs have existed since 2002/2003, and are quite popular in vendor and business models with sales people.

ILikeTobacco said,

Clearly the instances I mentioned and experienced never happened and I was on crack and voodoo was in fact involved. Stop being naive using your experiences as a basis for absolute statements. Fact: Windows 7 is not perfect and freezes up. The arguement here is that when this happens, there needs to be a way to get "ctrl-alt-del" and without that, the device in question is flawed. Your pointless arguing has now brought the argument to an irrelevant place so grow up and stop claiming it is not possible. A quick search on google for "windows 7 task bar freezes" and you'll get plenty of results showing it happens.


So often =/= never. l2read, ktnxbye.

All I said was Windows 7 doesn't freeze so much that without a ctrl-alt-delete button (that already exists on the device) your life is doomed and your productivity is going down the drain. Like you even said, once a month. Chances are, most people who do get a taskbar freeze will just restart their computer than even know how to close / restart explorer.

They've priced it to fail. It may be more productive but that wont be a factor when compared against the mobile OS tablets which win on price and "cool applications", which is all that seems to be required these days.

Dashel said,
Yup, pricing fail. They just don't understand the market.

I guess you miss the point. This device is not really targeting the consumers but companies.

AtriusNY said,

I guess you miss the point. This device is not really targeting the consumers but companies.

Why can't they make one device that can target to both general consumers and corporate customers? Nothing about those specs say "business only" to me. If Apple can make one version of its iPad and sell it to everyone, then HP should be able to as well. This thing is priced to fail.

AtriusNY said,
I guess you miss the point. This device is not really targeting the consumers but companies.

And some how price doesn't impact on the buying decision in a company? these are the wonks who scream about having to spend money making their web applications standards compliant but its ok to go out and purchase half a dozen of these US$799 bad boys?