Hp’s latest product, the HP Slate 21 Pro which has been launched as an update to HP Slate 21 is an all-in-one Android desktop tablet with a 21.5-inch screen also functioning as a PC monitor.
The new business-targeted Android 4.3 device comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage and powered by 2GB of RAM and NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor. Though the deice lacks the latest hardware, the $399 device would provide a 1920 x 1080 IPS display with a keyboard and mouse in box.
The innovative feature of the tablet is its use as a PC monitor through the HDMI input, thus effectively functioning as a 1080p IPS monitor. A USB 2.0 upstream port for Windows touch display compatibility, Ethernet, mic and 3 USB 2.0 ports are also included. Other features include Bluetooth 4.0, a 720p webcam, microphone, stereo speakers, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and a SD slot.
The tablet is mainly focused towards business users in kiosks, educational institutions and other orgainsations as there are pre-installed apps like Kingoffice software, Citrix Xen Mobile, Receiver support and Skype/HP MyRoom for video conferencing.
The HP Slate 21 Pro is available in Matte Black and boxy colors. With the tablet doubling up as a PC monitor its does provide value for its cost. With dwindling PC market HP’s latest offering provides a change, though it is doubtful if markets would adopt a large Android PC tablets for business use.
Last September, HP launched the 8-inch Slate Pro with same NVIDIA Tegra 4 CPU and Android OS. Meanwhile, the HP Slate 21 Pro is priced at $399 and now available for sale.[Via]