HP Compaq TC4200 Tablet PC “First Look” – (pics, specs)

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HP Compaq TC4200 Tablet PC “First Look” – (pics, specs)

The new TC4200 Tablet PC from HP is an exciting product. At only 4.5 lbs. and powered by the Sonoma-based Intel Pentium M processor, this convertible Tablet PC functions as the perfect powerhouse travel companion. The TC4200 also sports a 1.3″ thick, sturdy and roadworthy casing, a bright 12″ electromagnetic display and operates as a perfect sub-notebook and a fully-functional Tablet PC.

Of honorable mention is the improved Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 video architecture. For users who require more punch and performance for graphics editing and 3D, this new video solution, although not “dedicated” (it shares system memory), promises significant gains over the consumer-level “Intel Extreme Graphics” chips found in the majority of Centrino Tablet PC’s and notebooks.

With the “finger mouse” pointing device and the professional look and solid feel, the TC4200 closely resembles an IBM ThinkPad which is a good thing!  

Here are the basic specs of our review unit:

Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Intel Pentium M 740 processor 1.73GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 533MHz FSB 12.1-inch color TFT XGA WVA/ 1024×768 512 MB (400 MHz) 1 DDR II SDRAM

40 GB (5400 rpm)

Overall TC4200 Specs. (including optional equipment):

  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • Intel Pentium M processors 740 to 760
  • Professional-grade design starting at 4.6 lb/2.08 kg
  • 12.1-inch XGA wide viewing angle display with digitizer and protective sparkle-free glass
  • Mobile Intel 915GM Express Chipset
  • 512-MB DDR2 SDRAM, upgradeable to 2048-MB maximum
  • Up to 80-GB 5400 rpm, user-removable hard drive
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900
  • Optional integrated 802.11 a/b/g or 802.11 b/g wireless LAN modules
  • Support for optional Intel Centrino mobile technology
  • Optional integrated Bluetooth
  • Integrated Secure Digital (SD) slot
  • Security features include optional integrated Smart Card Reader and optional Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Embedded Security Chip
  • NetXtreme Gigabit PCI Express Ethernet Controller
  • Dual pointing devices (Touchpad with Scroll Zone and Pointstick)
  • Digital Eraser Pen with tether and clip
  • Protected by a three-year standard parts and labor warranty – certain restrictions and exclusions apply.

Recently we reviewed the Toshiba R15 which is a significantly larger machine. Both models start at around $1,599. Here is a size comparison between the two Tablet PC’s.

The R15 while offering a 14″ display is quite a bit larger. The HP TC4200 is a perfect alternative for those who are carrying around their Tablet PC all day. The HP TC4200 is also about 2 lbs. lighter.

GBA SP (now obsolete due to the DS and PSP), HP TC4200, Toshiba R15

Because we are completely dedicated professionals, we keep a GameBoy Advance SP on hand for size comparisons. LOL

“tablet” mode

underside (battery, docking port, RAM access, travel charge port, HD bay)

front (indicator lights, IR port, latch)

left (security slot, pen slot, heat vent, wi-fi switch, USB, “info switch”, power “on”, speaker)

right (headphone jack, mic jack, USB, PCMCIA, SD card reader)

back (USB, modem jack, network jack, power, VGA out, S-Video out)

Star Trek! (wi-fi indicator, power, charge, hard drive access lights)

Absent from this model is a built-in optical drive. To keep size down and pack in all the extra features, the TC4200 just simply has no space. The absence of the optical drive is common in lightweight, business-class notebooks. An SD card or flash drive makes a nice inexpensive data backup solution. For those looking to play DVD movies or install software from a CD, you’ll need to purchase an external drive.

Check back with us for our full review of the HP TC4200 Tablet. We are carrying it everywhere to get a true feel for this model in everyday work and play “real world” application. We will run detailed performance benchmarks and reflect on every feature, the good and the not so good. So far my first “impression” is that this machine is simply very impressive.




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