For Hewlett Packard, this could be considered a good problem to have.
Citing “extraordinary demand” on the Slate 500 web page, the HP Windows 7 tablet PC is backordered six weeks, meaning those ordering the device will have to wait more than a month for it to ship.
According to an Engadget tipster, HP undershot the predicted demand for its tablet when it ordered the production of 5,000 units. They received orders for 9,000.
The tipster claims this put HP in a bind, forcing the company to re-hire production staff and offer pricing discounts upwards of $100 for upset customers, all in an attempt to smooth over the backorder situation.
The team at TabletPCReview is not surprised by the news, seeing the interest the Slate 500 generated on the TPCR discussion forums. Maybe HP is also rethinking the “tablet for business” tag they pushed during the unveiling. As many TPCR forum members can attest, a compact Windows 7 tablet with a digitizer and active pen is a very attractive device.