It seems to us that the HP ElitePad 1000 G2 is trying to be all things to all people. That’s somewhat understandable because business-oriented tablets get used for personal tasks, too, but it means the company has set an almost impossible goal for itself. But that’s at least qualified by the fact that this device is doing it smarter than most would.
It offers what is a relatively slim and durable base unit for a Windows 8 tablet, at the expense of flexibility; but then offers the flexibility as a series of add-ons, some of which provide very significant benefits including epic battery life. The catch, of course, is the cost. Even the base unit of the second-gen ElitePad 1000 is more expensive than the top-of-the-line 4G model of Lenovo’s Thinkpad 10. But, the Thinkpad can’t be expanded the way that the ElitePad can. Battery sleeves, extra ports, keyboards, security, etc. … all adding significantly to the price.
This HP offering is very much an enterprise device. We wouldn’t recommend it to people looking for a general Windows 8 tablet by any measure, but for a corporate user who wants the flexibility to do as much or as little as they want — and to whom cost is no object — it offers a kind of “mix and match” solution that’s otherwise very hard to find. For most casual users though, we would sooner recommend a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or something from Lenovo, which covers the basics while still being robust enough for day-to-day use.
- Solid specs
- Accessories allow for flexibility
- Limited ports on the device
- Expensive, and accessories make it even more so
The second-generation HP ElitePad 1000 has a base unit that’s a solid but expensive no-frills Windows 8 tablet, with the option for significant expansion for those willing to pay the price.