HP Pro Slate 8: Conclusion

October 15, 2015 by Ed Hardy Reads (22,649)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 9
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 8
    • Usability
    • 9
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Features
    • 7
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.86
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

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.

HP Pro Slate 8Value

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.

Pros:

  • Beautiful, high resolution screen
  • Wireless text transfer
  • Front facing speakers
  • Decent performance
  • Good battery life

Cons:

  • No 64GB or 128GB version available
  • Poor camera quality


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  1. dealstoall

    Camera Quality still needs to be improved. Price seems little high…