updated 05:35 pm EDT, Mon April 19, 2010
HP slate already seen as fundamentally mediocre
The HP slate was panned today in a test by a Spanish blogger who had early access. He described the system as "meh" and ultimately just a netbook with a touchscreen in place of a keyboard. The system doesn't really compete against the iPad at all but other netbooks, Conecti.ca said.
As it just runs a regular Atom and desktop Windows 7, the slate still has the long boot times and slow performance of a cheaper netbook. Its chief advantages revolve around expansion, as it has a camera, USB and a dock with extra ports and HDMI output. However, its RAM can't be expanded, and its Broadcom HD accelerator can only apply to certain kinds of video rather than 3D or other tasks.
HP is due to ship its tablet in June and may price it at $549 for a 32GB version, although the size of Windows 7 may leave it with the same free space as a 16GB iPad. It will also get half as much battery life at five hours versus 10 or more for the Apple device.