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HP Slate 500 Tablet PC

The HP Slate 500 is an 8.9″ touchscreen tablet powered by a 1.86GHz Intel Atom (Z 540) processor and running 32-bit Windows 7 Professional. It has 2GB of DDR2 RAM and a 64GB flash storage module, 1 USB port, a 3 Megapixel camera and VGA webcam and mic for video calling, 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 3.0. It supports both multitouch and pen input, and offers a battery life of about 5 hours.

HP says it’s intended for “professionals who don’t usually work at a traditional desk, yet need to stay productive in a secure, familiar Windows environment.” Furthermore, HP says the Slate 500 is also intended for those who use custom applications built for Windows.

Since the introduction of the iPad, the perceived significance of tablets has changed considerably. The Slate 500 brings the miniaturization and limited expandability of smartphones to the enterprise tablet class; and with a price of $799, it seems affordable. It does lack the ruggedness of some tablets, and the broadband connectivity of others, but it  answers the demand for an extremely light tablet capable of running Windows software.

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