HP ElitePad 900: Performance

April 16, 2013 by Michael Wall Reads (31,061)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Design
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 5
    • Features
    • 9
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.50
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Performance and Benchmarks

The performance is one of the notable weak points for the HP ElitePad 900. Equipped with an Intel Atom Z2760 Atom Processor and Intel Graphics Media Accelerator the tablet offers limited computing performance.

While the machine runs on Windows 8 and has access to a slew of programs, the tablet is best relegated to basic computing functions such as word processing and web surfing. More complex processes will cause noticeable performance drop.

With just 2GB of RAM, the ElitePad is also struggles to multi-task. The tablet can handle a few basic functions at once, but even juggling too many of basic functions will cause the machine to lag. While testing the device I tried running multiple video streams and noticed considerable lag and a lack of responsiveness.

Running apps through the desktop mode does augment this issue, but even while running Windows 8 apps the ElitePad does not excel at multi-tasking.

wPrime processor comparisons (lower score means better performance):

PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark and measures overall systems performance (higher scores mean better performance):

Crystal DiskMark storage drive performance test: 

Battery Life
To test battery life, we used our new PowerMark benchmark in balanced mode. The test consists of a combination of automated web browsing, word processing, gaming, and video playback workloads. The test is far more strenuous than many tests, measuring the machine under a litany of scenarios to better simulate real life use. With the test being far more demanding the scores are understandably lower than most benchmarks.

In our tests the HP ElitePad ran for 5 hours and 50 minutes in balanced mode before the device shut down after reaching 5% battery life limit reserve. Resting just shy of 6 hours the HP ElitePad 900 does not offer the longest battery life we’ve seen, but the numbers are still exceptional. Scoring 6 hours of battery life in our benchmark means that the tablet should comfortably make it through the hassle of a workday with a single charge.

Additionally, the HP ElitePad Expansion jacket which houses an additional battery effectively doubles the battery life of the device. In our tests with the jack the tablet ran for 10 hours and 52 minutes before the device shut down after reaching 5% battery life limit reserve. The jacket admittedly adds a bit more weight to the device, but it’s an easy trade-off given the extra ports and incredible battery life that it delivers. If there is a must have accessory for the HP ElitePad it’s this jacket no question

Specs
The HP ElitePad 900 unit we reviewed had the following specs:

Windows 8 (32-bit)
10.1-inch WXGA 1280 x 800 Display with Corning Gorilla Glass
Intel Z2760 Atom Processor
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator; 533 MHz
2GB DDR3
64GB eMMC SSD
802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
HSPA+ (Only in US)
7″ x 10.28″ x 0.36″
1.5 lbs.
HP ElitePad Docking Station
HP ElitePad Expansion Jacket
MSRP: $960
1 year warranty


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