The HP Pro Slate 8 is a respectable offering, with an attractive, high resolution display and decent performance. Its front facing speakers are a real plus for those who want to use this tablet as a mobile TV. Even better, HP seems intent on keeping Android updated on this device.
The signature feature is the Duet Pen, which works fairly well — but not perfectly — at transferring handwritten notes onto this computer.
On the other hand, there are no 64GB or 128GB versions, and the main camera is sub-par.
The Pro Slate 8 with 16GB of internal storage is $449, and a 32GB version is $469. Both come with the stylus, which is available separately for $62 to $82.
For comparison, the Apple iPad mini 4 16GB sells for $399, while the 64GB version is $499. The Dell Venue 8 7840 16GB is also $399, and a 32GB version is $449. HP’s offering is a good value compared to both of these when the Duet Pen is factored in.
On the other hand, the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 has a similar display and performance, twice as much RAM, 64GB of storage, and a $299 price. It can’t do HP handwriting trick, though.
- Beautiful, high resolution screen
- Wireless text transfer
- Front facing speakers
- Decent performance
- Good battery life
- No 64GB or 128GB version available
- Poor camera quality