Review HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef Tablet

Michael Moser (translated by Markus Doepfert), 12/17/2013

Price-performance champion. HP renews its smallest tablet with the Slate 7 Plus. Inside we find an Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC and a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. The equipment is standard but in return, prices for the Slate 7 Plus start at 149 Euros (~$205). Will it reach the winner's podium?

For the original German review, see here.

With the Slate 7 Plus the established manufacturer Hewlett Packard, short HP, introduces the updated successor of the HP Slate 7 after a relatively short amount of time. At an RRP of 149 Euros (~$205) the HP Slate 7 Plus comes well equipped with its 7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels, a Tegra 3 SoC including an integrated GeForce ULP graphics card, 1 GB SDDR3 RAM and 8 GB flash memory (net: 5.42 GB). It is driven by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and powered by a 15 Wh battery.

In the highly competitive entry-level segment with a price range of up to 200 Euros (~$276) it encounters fierce competition. Several competitors, among them are, for example, the new Google Nexus 7, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T210, the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 as well as the Palit Galapad 7, which is also equipped with a Tegra 3 SoC, try to arouse the buyer's interest. Is the test device HP Slate 7 Plus able to come out on top against these competitors? How well does it stack up when it comes to performance and hardware? All of these questions are answered in our test review.

Case

Wie wir testen - Gehäuse

The case of the HP Slate 7 Plus...
The case of the HP Slate 7 Plus...
...can be twisted easily.
...can be twisted easily.

The case of the HP Slate 7 Plus is made completely of silver-gray polycarbonate. The back side flaunts a big, black, high-gloss HP logo. The surface feel is acceptable but could be somewhat handier. The workmanship turns out mediocre. Admittedly, the test sample shines with consistent clearances; however, the plastic back side gives in noticeably and with a creaking sound under just a little pressure. Overall, the case can be twisted easily. With measurements of 194.7 x 122.7 millimeters (~7.7 x 4.8 inches) and a total weight of a considerable 342 grams (~12.1 ounces), the tablet is still handy but nevertheless quite heavy. Additionally the HP Slate 7 Plus is 10.7 mm thick (~0.42 inches). Much of the competition builds significantly thinner and more compact products that weigh less. The Google Nexus 7, for example, weighs only 290 g (~10.2 ounces) at a thickness of 8.65 mm (~0.34 inches) and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T210 300 g (~10.6 ounces) at 9.9 mm (~0.39).

The user's maintenance and upgrade possibilities are rather limited for the HP Slate 7 Plus. The 15 Wh battery is not interchangeable; the microSD card slot at the top edge represents the only upgrade possibility.

Connectivity

Wie wir testen - Ausstattung

As common in this genre, the connections are very poor. At least, besides the standard USB 2.0 interface, the internal memory can be extended cheaply and quickly via a microSD slot (up to 32 GB). Both ports, as well as the mandatory 3.5 mm jack, are easily reached at the top edge of the tablet.

This cannot be said about the power and volume buttons, which were unfortunately placed at the bottom side, making it impossible to use them when the tablet lies on a table. The pressure point could be slightly firmer but is still acceptable.

Top edge: microSD, Micro-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm jack
Top edge: microSD, Micro-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm jack
Left side: Microphone, power button, Volume rocker
Left side: Microphone, power button, Volume rocker
The buttons were so unfortunately placed that they cannot be used when the tablet rests on a table.
The buttons were so unfortunately placed that they cannot be used when the tablet rests on a table.
Android 4.2.2
Android 4.2.2

Software

Besides the operating system, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean , HP preinstalls various apps like Google Play, Dropbox, Google Chrome, Google+ and Gmail. Tegra Zone for gaming, Kingsoft Office for productivity on the go and several in-house apps like HP ePrint and HP File Manager top off the good scope.

GPS test
GPS test

Communication & GPS 

Unlike its predecessor Slate 7, HP equips the Slate 7 Plus with a GPS module. NFC and LTE are obviously - considering the price - not on-board. Additionally WLAN 802.11 b/g/n as well as the current Bluetooth 4.0 are supported.

In the practical test, all wireless modules worked impeccably although tablets like the Google Nexus 7 or the Apple iPad Mini Retina show a better reception in the testing environment.

In our navigation test, in which the HP Slate 7 Plus competed against the Garmin Edge 500, the GPS module revealed considerable weaknesses. The device shortens the actual route by one kilometer because of inaccurate position information. Therefore, the test sample only suffices to a limited extent for navigation. It is more suitable for streets than for open country.

HP Slate 7 Plus total
HP Slate 7 Plus total
HP Slate 7 Plus bridge
HP Slate 7 Plus bridge
HP Slate 7 Plus forest
HP Slate 7 Plus forest
Garmin Edge 500 total
Garmin Edge 500 total
Garmin Edge 500 bridge
Garmin Edge 500 bridge
Garmin Edge 500 forest
Garmin Edge 500 forest
The webcam as well as...
The webcam as well as...
...the rear camera lense are sensitive to image noise.
...the rear camera lense are sensitive to image noise.

 

Cameras & Multimedia

The webcam has 0.3 megapixels and records in the VGA format 640x480 pixels. It barely suffices for video telephony and is identical to that of the predecessor HP Slate 7. The main camera at the back side now has an up-to-date resolution of 5 megapixels (2592x1944 pixels) and offers autofocusVideos are recorded in 720p.

Due to its poor resolution, low sharpness and strong image noise, the quality of the front camera is completely unacceptable. The main camera performs much better. Although the pictures display low contrast and sharpness as well as faint colors, the camera module suffices for occasional snapshots - given an optimal light coverage.

In comparison to the camera modules of the iPad Mini Retina or the reference camera Nikon D3100, the module of the HP Slate 7 Plus is by far inferior.

HP Slate 7 Plus webcam 0.3 MP
HP Slate 7 Plus webcam 0.3 MP
HP Slate 7 Plus main camera 5 MP
HP Slate 7 Plus main camera 5 MP
Apple iPad Mini Retina webcam 1.2 MP
Apple iPad Mini Retina webcam 1.2 MP
Apple iPad Mini Retina main camera 5 MP
Apple iPad Mini Retina main camera 5 MP
Reference camera Nikon D3100 14 MP
Reference camera Nikon D3100 14 MP
 

Accessories

Besides the tablet itself, HP includes in the delivery only the modular USB power supply (5V/2A). HP currently offers few options for the Slate 7 Plus, not more than the external streaming solution HP Pocket Playlist for about 110 Euros (~$151). Other dedicated accessories are not available yet.

Warranty

The manufacturer provides for the Slate 7 Plus a warranty of only 12 months. Currently available in the HP store are two optional and distinct warranty extensions for 24 months each. The standard replacement service costs almost 24 Euros (~$33). For about 72 Euros (~$99) an insurance against accidental damage is added to the package.

Input Devices & Control

The virtual QWERTY keyboard of the HP Slate 7 Plus corresponds to the Android standard. Thus, the control of the device works smoothly and reliably. Even in portrait mode, the keys on the 7-inch display are big enough to type comfortably. Since the Android soft touch keys are constantly blended in at the lower edge of the screen, about 2 thirds of the display remain for other purposes in portrait mode when the keyboard is activated. In landscape mode the visible image section shrinks to about half of the display height.

The touchscreen meanwhile works accurately and quickly enough to translate even fast input. The control via the glass surface works flawlessly. The automatic rotation of the screen content also works perfectly.

In portrait mode enough space remains for the image content.
In portrait mode enough space remains for the image content.
In landscape mode the space shrinks heavily.
In landscape mode the space shrinks heavily.

Display

Wie wir testen - Display

HP Slate 7 Plus: IPS display with 1,280 x 800 pixels
HP Slate 7 Plus: IPS display with 1,280 x 800 pixels

The 7-inch IPS LC display of the HP Slate 7 Plus has a sufficient resolution of 1280x800 pixels. 64 pixels are lost to the ever-present soft touch keys. The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 offers the same resolution while the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T210 and the Palit Galapad 7 have to get by with only 1024x600 pixels. The Google Nexus 7 even comes with an impressive 1920x1200 pixels.

With a maximum brightness of 434 cd/m² and an average value of 408.4 cd/m², the display of the HP Slate 7 Plus proves to be very bright. Thus, it positions itself in the upper third of its range. The test sample shines brighter than the Palit Galapad 7 with 331.6 cd/m² and the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 with 332.1 cd/m² and comes very close to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T210 with its 426.6 cd/m². However, the test device comes nowhere near the immense brightness of the Google Nexus 7 with 513.4 cd/m². The illumination, at 88 percent, is at a good level.

421
cd/m²
404
cd/m²
414
cd/m²
412
cd/m²
434
cd/m²
405
cd/m²
391
cd/m²
412
cd/m²
383
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 434 cd/m²
Average: 408.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 434 cd/m²
Black: 0.52 cd/m²
Contrast: 835:1

The HP Slate 7 Plus offers an acceptable black value of 0.52 cd/m² and a contrast of 835:1. Consequently, it performs very well in the direct comparison. Merely the Palit Galapad 7 is better, with 0.37 cd/m² at 881:1. Subjectively the test sample displays a decent black and a high image sharpness with vivid colors.

The colorimeter measurements with the software CalMAN reveal that the display shows deficits concerning color display. A deviation is especially noticeable for green and yellow tones. Blue tones are slightly too saturated. These deviations, however, are not visible to the naked eye, not even with a purely white image.

The average DeltaE by ColorChecker is at 3.91 acceptable, the color space coverage, however, has much room for improvement. The grayscale display is decent and does not show noteworthy deviations from the ideal curve until 30 percent brightness. All in all the HP Slate 7 Plus achieves a subjectively deep black and a high-contrast image with good colors.

Color fidelity
Color fidelity
ColorChecker
ColorChecker
Grayscale
Grayscale
Color saturation
Color saturation
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Direct sunlight
Direct sunlight

Due to its high luminance, the HP Slate 7 Plus is able to score further during outdoor use. When the sun is not shining directly onto the glass surface of the tablet the display content is very well recognizable. Under direct sunlight, however, heavy reflections outshine the image content.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Due to the in-plane-switching technology (IPS), the LC display offers very high viewing angle stability. Despite the low price range, the HP Slate 7 Plus is able to score greatly. It is only at impractical viewing angles that the brightness decreases by a little. Solely the IPS Glow, which is typical for this technology, is perceptible for this device for very dark image content but this is unobtrusive during everyday use.

Performance

Wie wir testen - Leistung

The HP Slate 7 Plus is driven by a Tegra 3 SoC with a clock speed of 1.3 GHz and an integrated Nvidia GeForce ULP graphics card. Both components are supported by 1 GB SDDR3 main memory. Although the quad-core processor is no longer one of the fastest, it completely suffices to allow that the Slate 7 Plus can be controlled very smoothly and without delay at all times. The test sample achieves remarkable results in the synthetic benchmarks but cannot deny its older hardware. Especially the latest Google Nexus 7 seems way out of reach.

3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
3466 Points ∼2%
Palit Galapad 7
3641 Points ∼2% +5%
Google Nexus 7 2013
11828 Points ∼8% +241%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
3138 Points ∼2% -9%
HP Slate 7
2985 Points ∼2% -14%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
3066 Points ∼0%
Palit Galapad 7
3225 Points ∼0% +5%
Google Nexus 7 2013
12167 Points ∼2% +297%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
2700 Points ∼0% -12%
HP Slate 7
2666 Points ∼0% -13%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Physics (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
6379 Points ∼12%
Palit Galapad 7
6639 Points ∼12% +4%
Google Nexus 7 2013
10777 Points ∼20% +69%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
7250 Points ∼13% +14%
HP Slate 7
5140 Points ∼9% -19%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
1929 Points ∼2%
Palit Galapad 7
1694 Points ∼1% -12%
Google Nexus 7 2013
7245 Points ∼6% +276%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
1572 Points ∼1% -19%
HP Slate 7
2210 Points ∼2% +15%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
1613 Points ∼1%
Palit Galapad 7
1397 Points ∼1% -13%
Google Nexus 7 2013
6655 Points ∼3% +313%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
1279 Points ∼0% -21%
HP Slate 7
1911 Points ∼1% +18%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
6140 Points ∼13%
Palit Galapad 7
6626 Points ∼14% +8%
Google Nexus 7 2013
10508 Points ∼22% +71%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
7980 Points ∼17% +30%
HP Slate 7
4890 Points ∼10% -20%
Basemark ES 2.0 - Taiji Free (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
12.09 fps ∼20%
Palit Galapad 7
18.21 fps ∼30% +51%
Google Nexus 7 2013
44.21 fps ∼73% +266%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
14.51 fps ∼24% +20%
HP Slate 7
43.95 fps ∼72% +264%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
2.4 fps ∼0%
Palit Galapad 7
2.1 fps ∼0% -12%
Google Nexus 7 2013
16 fps ∼2% +567%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
2.6 fps ∼0% +8%
HP Slate 7
3.6 fps ∼1% +50%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
5.2 fps ∼9%
Palit Galapad 7
6.2 fps ∼10% +19%
Google Nexus 7 2013
16 fps ∼27% +208%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
4.5 fps ∼8% -13%
HP Slate 7
4.8 fps ∼8% -8%
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
1285 Points ∼10%
Palit Galapad 7
1402 Points ∼11% +9%
Google Nexus 7 2013
2531 Points ∼20% +97%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
1309 Points ∼11% +2%
HP Slate 7
804 Points ∼6% -37%
Linpack for Android - Multi Thread (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
134.396 MFLOPS ∼12%
Palit Galapad 7
130.044 MFLOPS ∼12% -3%
Google Nexus 7 2013
253.634 MFLOPS ∼23% +89%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
89.716 MFLOPS ∼8% -33%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
89.716 MFLOPS ∼8% -33%
HP Slate 7
61.222 MFLOPS ∼6% -54%
Smartbench 2012 - Productivity Index (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
3772 points ∼36%
Palit Galapad 7
3931 points ∼38% +4%
Google Nexus 7 2013
5080 points ∼49% +35%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
3516 points ∼34% -7%

Legend

 
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef NVIDIA Tegra 3, NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 8 GB SSD
 
Palit Galapad 7 NVIDIA Tegra 3, NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 8 GB SSD
 
Google Nexus 7 2013 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064A, Qualcomm Adreno 320, 16 GB SSD
 
Asus Memo Pad HD 7 Mediatek MT8125, PowerVR SGX544,
 
HP Slate 7 Rockchip RK3066 1.5 GHz, ARM Mali-400 MP4, 8 GB SSD

In the browser benchmarks, the HP Slate 7 Plus is sometimes far behind its competition. Especially in the Vellamo Mobile benchmark are the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 and the Google Nexus 7 able to pull clear of our test device.

In the Peacekeeper or the Browsermark 2.0 benchmarks, however, our test sample is at eye level with competitors like the Palit Galapad 7

Browsermark - --- (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
1930 points ∼27%
Palit Galapad 7
1878 points ∼26% -3%
Google Nexus 7 2013
2380 points ∼33% +23%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
1864 points ∼26% -3%
HP Slate 7
1846 points ∼26% -4%
Google V8 Ver. 7 - Google V8 Ver. 7 Score (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
1695 Points ∼9%
Palit Galapad 7
1777 Points ∼10% +5%
Google Nexus 7 2013
2248 Points ∼12% +33%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
1339 Points ∼7% -21%
HP Slate 7
1359 Points ∼7% -20%
Octane V1 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
1634 Points ∼8%
Palit Galapad 7
1571 Points ∼7% -4%
Google Nexus 7 2013
2283 Points ∼11% +40%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
1484 Points ∼7% -9%
HP Slate 7
1695 Points ∼8% +4%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
528 Points ∼9%
Palit Galapad 7
496 Points ∼8% -6%
Google Nexus 7 2013
611 Points ∼10% +16%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
523 Points ∼8% -1%
HP Slate 7
471 Points ∼8% -11%
Sunspider - --- (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
1168.3 ms * ∼29%
Palit Galapad 7
1438.3 ms * ∼36% -23%
Google Nexus 7 2013
1104.6 ms * ∼27% +5%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
864.1 ms * ∼21% +26%
HP Slate 7
1958.9 ms * ∼49% -68%
Vellamo Mobile Benchmark 2.0
Metal (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
401 Points ∼22%
Palit Galapad 7
378 Points ∼21% -6%
Google Nexus 7 2013
727 Points ∼41% +81%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
1454 Points ∼81% +263%
HP Slate 7
509 Points ∼28% +27%
HTML5 (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
1512 Points ∼49%
Palit Galapad 7
1764 Points ∼57% +17%
Google Nexus 7 2013
1663 Points ∼53% +10%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
435 Points ∼14% -71%
HP Slate 7
1528 Points ∼49% +1%

* ... smaller is better

Epic Citadel
High Performance (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
51 fps ∼84%
Google Nexus 7 2013
58.6 fps ∼97% +15%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
54 fps ∼89% +6%
HP Slate 7
40 fps ∼66% -22%
High Quality (sort by value)
HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
49.1 fps ∼82%
Palit Galapad 7
49.6 fps ∼83% +1%
Google Nexus 7 2013
58.1 fps ∼97% +18%
Asus Memo Pad HD 7
52.4 fps ∼88% +7%
HP Slate 7
39.5 fps ∼66% -20%

Games

The graphics benchmark "Epic Citadel" attests that the HP Slate 7 Plus, reaching 49.1 frames per second in high quality mode and 51 FPS in high performance mode, is still a good performer.

The Tegra 3 SoC integrated GeForce ULP graphics card is admittedly not one of the most modern solutions but all currently available games in the Google Play store can be played without any problems. Examples we tested were the popular 2D game of skill "Angry Birds: Star Wars 2", the 3D adventure "Ironman 3" and the 3D shooter "Shadowgun: Deadzone".

The input devices contribute a lot to the fun: The touchscreen as well as the position and acceleration sensor work quickly and accurately.

Angry Birds: Star Wars 2
Angry Birds: Star Wars 2
Ironman 3
Ironman 3
Shadowgun: Deadzone
Shadowgun: Deadzone

Emissions

Wie wir testen - Emissionen

Temperature

The measured surface temperatures of the HP Slate 7 Plus remain constantly in an acceptable range. In idle mode, 36.3 °C (97.34 °F) are reached selectively. On average, the temperature stays at cool 30.4 °C (86.72 °F).

Under full load, the surface of the test device heats up to a maximum of 42.9 °C (109.22 °F) which were measured at the bottom. The average temperatures are once again at barely noteworthy 32.8 and 32.6 °C (91.04 and 90.68 °F) at the bottom and the top respectively.

Max. Load
 36.0 °C29.9 °C27.2 °C 
 37.4 °C31.4 °C27.5 °C 
 40.4 °C35.2 °C28.4 °C 
Maximum: 40.4 °C
Average: 32.6 °C
26.2 °C30.2 °C36.0 °C
28.3 °C30.8 °C41.0 °C
27.8 °C31.8 °C42.9 °C
Maximum: 42.9 °C
Average: 32.8 °C
Power Supply (max.)  48.2 °C | Room Temperature 21 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

The stereo speakers were placed too close to each other.
The stereo speakers were placed too close to each other.

The stereo speakers were placed at the lower back side of the tablet, which means that they are completely covered either by the hands in landscape mode or by the table when put down. This causes the sound to be very dull. In addition to that, both speakers were positioned too close to each other with the result that real stereo sound cannot be developed.

Overall, the sound suffers from low volume and overemphasized treble. Bass is also barely existent. The sound of decent headphones via the jack, however, is immaculate and that at a high maximum volume.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the HP Slate 7 Plus yields mixed results. During idle it proves to be very frugal with 1.1 to 2.6 Watts. With values between 5.7 and 7.1 Watts under load it is slightly above the standard. When the tablet is turned off, it does not require any power. We were not able to ascertain the consumption during standby since the display always turns on as soon as the charging cable is plugged in.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / Watt
Idle 1.1 / 1.8 / 2.6 Watt
Load 5.7 / 7.1 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

The battery runtimes of the HP Slate 7 Plus, which is fitted with a 15 Wh Li-polymer battery, are appropriately good. The tablet lasts a maximum of an impressive 15 hours and 31 minutes and thus about 5 hours longer than, for example, the Palit Galapad 7. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T210 tablet also has a significantly lower runtime of 11:36 hours. However, it cannot reach the marathon runner Google Nexus 7 with more than 44 hours. The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 also beats it with a runtime of 16:55 hours.

In the surf test via WLAN with adjusted brightness and our browser script with various web sites, one battery charge lasts a good 6:40 h. Here it can only surpass the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T210. The rest of the competition is slightly more enduring.

The test under load at maximum display brightness is ended by the HP Slate 7 Plus after 3 hours and 10 minutes. Hence it can distance itself from the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T210 and the Palit Galapad 7 and comes close to eye level with the Google Nexus 7. The Asus Memo Pad HD 7, however, is far ahead of the competition.

The practical video test with the Full HD video Big Buck Bunny is only terminated after 4 hours. Therefore, it is no problem to watch two feature movies when on the go.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
15h 31min
WiFi Surfing
6h 40min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
4h 00min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 10min

Wie wir testen - Fazit

Verdict

Tested: HP Slate 7 Plus tablet
Tested: HP Slate 7 Plus tablet

Does the performance of the HP Slate 7 Plus suffice for one of the top ranks in our list? Sadly, despite many positive aspects, not quite.

On the plus side is the bright, viewing angle stable 7-inch IPS display whose resolution is at 1280x800 pixels sufficiently high. In addition to that, it comes with an image representation that is sharp and rich in contrast. Furthermore, the still powerful Tegra 3 SoC offers an appealing level of performance in all situations. Moreover, the tablet has, with Android 4.2.2, a relatively modern operating system on-board.

The ill-conceived position of the buttons and of the speakers is less appealing. The mediocre workmanship and the high total weight are also negative points. Furthermore, the HP Slate 7 Plus offers really lousy camera modules for a multimedia tablet. Due to its inaccurate GPS tracking, the test sample is also ruled out as a satnav replacement - at least in the open country.

Nevertheless, the HP Slate 7 Plus has quite a lot to offer for 149 Euros (~$205, RRP) and represents a solid choice in the entry-level range. Currently you even receive an additional protective case for this price in the HP store. Those who are willing to invest 70 Euros (~$96) more for the Google Nexus 7, however, receive the far better tablet.

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In Review: HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef. Test sample courtesy of HP Germany.
In Review: HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef. Test sample courtesy of HP Germany.

Specifications

HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef

:: Processor
:: Memory
1024 MB, DDR3 SDRAM
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
7 inch 16:9, 1280x800 pixel, Multi-touch, IPS HD LED, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
8 GB SSD, 8 GB eMMC, 5.42 GB free
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: microSD (SDXC up to 32 GB), Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, GPS, eCompass, gyroscope,
:: Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 10.7 x 194.7 x 122.7
:: Weight
0.342 kg Power Supply: 0.05 kg
:: Battery
15 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 1-cell battery
:: Price
149 Euro
:: Operating System
Android 4.2
:: Additional features
Webcam: Rear: 5 MP with AF, 720p video, Front: VGA, Speakers: Stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual, Keyboard Light: yes, HP ePrint, Skype-capable, HP Connected Photo, HP File Manager, TegraZone, 12 Months Warranty

 

The scope of delivery is standardly sparse.
The scope of delivery is standardly sparse.
The modular USB power supply could be stronger. Charging takes about 3 hours.
The modular USB power supply could be stronger. Charging takes about 3 hours.
Despite the low price it even comes with an IPS display.
Despite the low price it even comes with an IPS display.
The HP Slate 7 Plus is run by a Tegra 3 SoC.
The HP Slate 7 Plus is run by a Tegra 3 SoC.
The home screen can be adjusted individually with many various widgets and app links.
The home screen can be adjusted individually with many various widgets and app links.
The scope of delivery contains a few useful...
The scope of delivery contains a few useful...
...by HP preinstalls apps on the Slate 7 Plus.
...by HP preinstalls apps on the Slate 7 Plus.
The AnTuTu benchmark reveals...
The AnTuTu benchmark reveals...
...interesting system data.
...interesting system data.
Full HD videos like Bug Buck Bunny also run without any problems.
Full HD videos like Bug Buck Bunny also run without any problems.
Of the 8 GB flash memory are only 5.42 GB available. The rest is occupied by Android.
Of the 8 GB flash memory are only 5.42 GB available. The rest is occupied by Android.
Surfing with the tablet is great fun.
Surfing with the tablet is great fun.
The back side creaks slightly when touched.
The back side creaks slightly when touched.
All of the connections cluster at the top edge.
All of the connections cluster at the top edge.
Especially the physical buttons should have been positioned more sensibly by HP.
Especially the physical buttons should have been positioned more sensibly by HP.
Android-typical multi-tasking.
Android-typical multi-tasking.

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Price Comparison

Pro

+Bright display
+Up-to-date resolution
+High viewing-angle stability
+Powerful SoC
+Good application and gaming performance
+Low price
 

Cons

-Workmanship only average
-Heavy
-Badly positioned power and volume buttons
-Bad camera modules
-Inaccurate GPS tracking
-Only 1-year warranty

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What we like

The bright, high-contrast IPS display with great viewing angle stability.

What we'd like to see

For a multimedia tablet we would wish for better camera modules and a more sensible placement of the stereo speakers.

What surprises us

Despite the low price the HP Slate 7 Plus scores with good application and gaming performance.

The competition

Palit Galapad 7

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T210 

Google Nexus 7

Asus Memo Pad HD 7

Ratings

HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef
12/12/2013 v3
Michael Moser

Chassis
73%
Keyboard
59%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
35%
Weight
100%
Battery
93%
Display
82%
Games Performance
32%
Application Performance
46%
Temperature
85%
Noise
100%
Add Points
76%
Average
72%
83%
Tablet *
Weighted Average

> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Review HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef Tablet
Author: Michael Moser, 2013-12-17 (Update: 2013-12-18)