IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

HP ElitePad 1000 review

With up to 15 hours of battery life, this is the longest lasting Windows 8 tablet available

Display & connectivity

The ElitePad 1000 has a 10.1in display with a 1900 x 1200 resolution. We measured a maximum brightness of 292cd/m2. It's passable for everyday applications but the colour palatte is washed-out and isn't optimised for multimedia use.

HP toldIT Proit had experimented with a matte finish, but this degraded responsiveness and brightness to such an extent it had no choice but to opt for gloss.

One of the most interesting display tweaks is found on the Start Screen. HP defaults the interface to the 'Apps' view instead of the Live Tiles allowing you to see all programs. You can access the Live Tiles by swiping up but it's possible to use the device without ever seeing them. Most enterprise users are unlikely to mind this.

A pen accessory (40) is available should you want to take notes on the device. It's a solid pen built from aluminium and is responsive when it comes to notetaking. However, it feels like an add-on especially when compared to how Microsoft has integrated its pen functionality into the core of the Surface Pro 3.

Physical ports are almost non-existent without the aforementioned Jackets. But the ElitePad has all the standard wireless connections you'd expect from Bluetooth 4 to WLAN 802.11 ac/a/g/b/n. It's also possible to get 4G connectivity embedded if the device is going to be used away from Wi-Fi frequently.

HP provides a SIM-card through its partner Cubic Telecom. If you ever need 4G data on the move you can activate a pay-as-you-go plan depending on how much data you need from 75MB to 2GB or how long you need it for (up to 30 days). It's like signing up to your own personal hotel Wi-Fi on the move and best of all there is no monthly contract.

At present 4G service is available in following European countries:United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands and Luxembourg,Spain, Poland and Austria.

4G roaming for the US, China and Hong Kong is "on the way" but there's no time-frame.

Performance

The specification of the ElitePad 1000 is comparable to a tablet rather than an Ultrabook. The device is powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3795 processor with a speed of 1.6GHz together with 4GB of RAM. HP offers 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.

The ElitePad is a responsive device but the 4GB of RAM struggles with the demands of multimedia apps and when it comes to multitasking.

This places the device in the lower-end of the performance scale when compared to fellow Windows 8 tablets.

Featured Resources

Accelerating AI modernisation with data infrastructure

Generate business value from your AI initiatives

Free Download

Recommendations for managing AI risks

Integrate your external AI tool findings into your broader security programs

Free Download

Modernise your legacy databases in the cloud

An introduction to cloud databases

Free Download

Powering through to innovation

IT agility drive digital transformation

Free Download

Recommended

Best business laptops 2022: Acer, Asus, Dell and more
Laptops

Best business laptops 2022: Acer, Asus, Dell and more

13 Jun 2022
HP Envy 6432e review: Beauty that’s only skin-deep
peripherals

HP Envy 6432e review: Beauty that’s only skin-deep

27 May 2022
HP Deskjet 4120e review: An incredibly cheap home office MFP
peripherals

HP Deskjet 4120e review: An incredibly cheap home office MFP

25 May 2022
HP Neverstop Laser 1202nw review: A great small office choice
peripherals

HP Neverstop Laser 1202nw review: A great small office choice

19 May 2022

Most Popular

Former Uber security chief to face fraud charges over hack coverup
data breaches

Former Uber security chief to face fraud charges over hack coverup

29 Jun 2022
Macmillan Publishers hit by apparent cyber attack as systems are forced offline
Security

Macmillan Publishers hit by apparent cyber attack as systems are forced offline

30 Jun 2022
FCC commissioner urges Apple and Google to remove TikTok from app stores
data protection

FCC commissioner urges Apple and Google to remove TikTok from app stores

29 Jun 2022