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VIDEO: HP's Windows 7 Slate Gets Reviewed

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 38 comments

At this stage, it feels like a launch for HP's Windows 7 slate might never come. We've heard plenty of talk about WebOS devices since HP purchased Palm earlier this year but we've heard very little about the company's plans for Windows devices. Back in July the company said the Windows tablet was still alive but as an enterprise product that could possibly launch in the fall.

Keeping the hope alive is this video from a YouTube user who claims to have an early HP Slate model. He's posted a review of the device to the video-sharing site and though it's a little on the short side (four minutes), he's pretty thorough and gives us a decent look at the ever so elusive Windows tablet.

Check it out and let us know what you think! Will you consider buying one if/when HP releases it?

HP Slate Review

Source: YouTube via Engadget

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    synergi , September 25, 2010 12:56 AM
    Windows 7 is designed to run with touch. You only have to use the touch pack software to know that. Its the software that runs on Windows that has to be built for touch. I wish people would stop talking about what they have no clue about.

    The iPad, while great, (I own one too) is not a real computer. In the moments I attempt to be productive on my iPad, I spend literally hours looking for Apps and work a rounds to do what I want it to do. It seems we are becoming a nation that wants dumb down Apps over real, well done software.
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    jhansonxi , September 24, 2010 11:28 PM
    Too slow to boot but seemed ok once it got going.
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    Parsian , September 24, 2010 11:29 PM
    good stuff, too bad at them moment i cant hear the person. Is this thing running on atom N450?
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    stm1185 , September 24, 2010 11:31 PM
    It seemed pretty responsive. With a good docking station setup Hp might be able to convince some business's to upgrade their tired old p4 xp towers.
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    bv90andy , September 24, 2010 11:41 PM
    It looks ok. Nothing revolutionary though. It needs a little speed-up. Also maybe a Tiny7? 14 Gb of hdd space lost only for windows is too much. Especially if they will sell them in 32 Gb versions.
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    christopherknapp , September 25, 2010 12:05 AM
    To be honest, I am not impressed at all. Windows 7 is not designed to be a tablet OS. I would prefer it to be Ubuntu-like or maybe Android based.

    For now I will stick with my iPad, but I look forward to more Windows offerings.
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    mkyam , September 25, 2010 12:23 AM
    When do they ever learn to design a completely new OS for touch interface instead of porting the desktop version of the OS? I don't know how much R&D it's going to take, but if they continue like this all they're going to get is following behind Apple's footstep, and way behind.

    I'm not an Apple's fan, but I'm yet to see a decent tablet (in terms of user interface, not features) that can rival Apple's.
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    eddieroolz , September 25, 2010 12:24 AM
    The back looks good, and the overall look is good, but we might need upgraded hardware.
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    synergi , September 25, 2010 12:56 AM
    Windows 7 is designed to run with touch. You only have to use the touch pack software to know that. Its the software that runs on Windows that has to be built for touch. I wish people would stop talking about what they have no clue about.

    The iPad, while great, (I own one too) is not a real computer. In the moments I attempt to be productive on my iPad, I spend literally hours looking for Apps and work a rounds to do what I want it to do. It seems we are becoming a nation that wants dumb down Apps over real, well done software.
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    cruiseoveride , September 25, 2010 1:32 AM
    That is some really buggy scrolling.
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    smeker , September 25, 2010 1:41 AM
    Slow bootup, slow and laggy response, and buggy scrolling.

    Ugh oh... This will never sell... No wonder HP pulled the Win 7 Slate off the market.
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    dEAne , September 25, 2010 2:42 AM
    HP is going for it's own OS for the web not for windows or ubunto.
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    LORD_ORION , September 25, 2010 3:08 AM
    OMG speed things up dude, it should not take you more then 10 seconds to show of the exterior.

    Here's this, this, and this... done.
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    JOSHSKORN , September 25, 2010 3:10 AM
    Anyone catch that he's using an iPhone to record this? A bit ironic.

    Anyway, no thanks. Didn't care for the iPad, either so I didn't buy that. I wouldn't mind a cell phone w/ that size screen though. Would make texting a HELL of a lot easier for me.
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    Anonymous , September 25, 2010 3:58 AM
    Lol ya the Iphone. It would be nice if he showed like skype or something to where u can talk and multi task on it like a phone. A cool feature for it to have would be like it can blue tooth with your phone so u can use the tablet and not have to pull your phone out and try to juggle both.
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    Anonymous , September 25, 2010 5:58 AM
    Flash?
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    uruquiora , September 25, 2010 8:15 AM
    this is by far the worse attempt to compete against the Ipad that ive seen so far lol
    and im not a Apple fan...
    not impressed at all... since when is win 7 optimized for such devices ? seems slow ,and buggy, and OMG that manual activation of the keyboard sucks so much, can't believe these guys came up with that and think they gonna grab some market shares... unbelievable ! Seems to get out of an obscure cheap asian competitor factory, i can't believe this is what HP can do... Either this particular Business unit sucks very much or dont have budgets... either the guys that work in it are just dumb asses...
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    Kracer , September 25, 2010 9:09 AM
    A UI has to be designed for desktop or touchscreen and windows is for desktop. Oh and by the way I rhink it's dead slow. Boot up was OK but see that scrolling I don't know but I think it's worse than android. Windows isn't the Os to make a tablet on. Neither is android or iOS as they are designed for 3"-4" screens
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    damianrobertjones , September 25, 2010 11:12 AM
    Stop. Please, just stop.

    Tablets have been out there for years and if it's one thing I know, it's that hardly no-one has even seen one let alone tapped a screen. Of course, most of us have now seen and used an iPad and seem to think that anything else isn't quite there and thus repeat what they've read on forums.

    I've owned over 13 tablets so I know their shortcomings and problems but I'm glad Windows 7 arrived. Latitude XT and XT2, Acer 1820ptz, HP TC1100 amongst a few and I'm sitting next to an Asus R2h and Sony UX right now. (Also owned an Archos 9)

    1 - Change the DPI (If res over 1024x600) to 125%.
    2 - Fit an SSD. Mechanical drives are SLOW.

    Without much difficulty, my Acer 1820ptz booted to the desktop in 15 seconds. Is that fast enough for you? I prefer to have complete control of what I want to do. Does Windows 7 offer you that? Yes.

    One more thing, how many of you commenting here have actually 'used' a Windows 7 tablet of some form? How many have enabled 'Gestures' or multi-touch scrolling? (Yes, two fingers on the screen to scroll or one finger swipe). As for the keyboard, the choice of a button to launch is odd as it appears whenever there's a text entry box or available from the side of the screen where you've docked it. But, of course, you already knew that.


    "To be honest, I am not impressed at all. Windows 7 is not designed to be a tablet OS" Don't make me laugh. Tell that to my Sony UX that has a 4.5" screen and windows 7. Or a HP tc4400. etc etc etc
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    Anonymous , September 25, 2010 2:06 PM
    Sorry but a full OS just does not work on these tablets. I like the way Apple has approached the iPad. Applications designed for Touch screen. A specifically designed OS works much better. I just do not think even Windows 7 can handle tablets.
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    damianrobertjones , September 25, 2010 3:53 PM
    jescott418Sorry but a full OS just does not work on these tablets. I like the way Apple has approached the iPad. Applications designed for Touch screen. A specifically designed OS works much better. I just do not think even Windows 7 can handle tablets.



    Which means that you've not used one, thus have no idea what you're talking about of even the start of the Touch functions within Windows 7. Did you read any of the comments?
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