We’ve heard so much about HP’s Windows 7 Slate device. Due to some reason, HP stopped talking about it. We thought that it was the end of the empirical Slate lineage, we were wrong. The Slate just resurfaced the media, aimed at the business class in all its magnificence and glory.
I personally had the opportunity of trying out the Slate 500, last Thursday. It was not that interesting for me. Some features were pleasing, while others instantly blared the train wreck signs. Moreover, I also heard that the Slate 500 got returned by many disgruntled reviewers. Nope, it probably doesn’t have to do anything with the tablet’s quality. It’s just that maybe those customers never got satisfied by the device’s software based capabilities.
The good thing about this tablet is that it supports a pressure sensitive pen layout. The feature was primarily introduced for pen tablet enthusiasts, who can’t spend more money on a professional pen tab. The new digitized screen layer, works like a charm. You can either use the pen, your finger or any pointy device to carve out a few decent sketches.
This touch friendly system was developed by N-Tirg, an Israeli company that has been working since the first IBM PC was released. Anyways, Microsoft is still working on such touch based modes, while other companies are already way ahead in this game.
Coming back to the HP Slate 500, the current version has 1Gigs of RAM. However, HP has dropped hints regarding an increment in RAM capacity for HP Slate 500, which may be introduced anytime soon. My personal choices don’t exactly settle well with Slate 500’s design. For starters, let’s just say that there is a no pen holder; you’ll have to hold it in your hands all the time. Then again, there are reasonable reasons to dislike the battery life, which makes the tablet a little bit awful.