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HP Pro Slate 8 Tablet Review

Florian Wimmer, Tanja Hinum (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 07/10/2015

Professional Slate. HP launches its Pro Slate 8 tablet for business customers. It has a high-resolution screen and security features alongside a stylus. But is it worth the demanded 600 Euros (~$668)?

For the original German review, see here.

Tablets are now also becoming more and more popular among business people - after all they are easier to stow in a briefcase than a laptop is. The popularity has been increasing ever since the slates featured more functions, e.g. printer support, convert handwritten notes in text. HP launches a business tablet that is currently sold between 500 and 600 Euros (~$556 and ~$668, including value added tax) dubbed Pro Slate 8. Our review sample is a Wi-Fi-only model with 16 GB of storage. 100 Euros (~$111) more is demanded for 32 GB of storage and WWAN support.

There are still comparatively few tablets exclusively made for business users on the market. However, high-quality tablets such as the Google Nexus 9Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and Apple iPad Mini 3, are well-suited for business people. All have a considerably lower price tag than HP's Pro Slate 8.

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HP Pro Slate 8 (Pro Slate Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
, 800MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
Display
7.9 inch 4:3, 2048 x 1536 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, Gorilla Glass 4, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, , 11.23 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo audio jack, Card Reader: microSD max. 32 GB, Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, light sensor, proximity sensor, NFC, Miracast
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.99 x 207 x 136.9 ( = 0.31 x 8.15 x 5.39 in)
Battery
21 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Camera
Webcam: 2.0 megapixels (front), 8.0 megapixels, AF (rear)
Additional features
Speakers: front-sided stereo speakers, DTS Sound+, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, charging cable, HPTouchPointManager; HPNotes; Corel Painter Mobile; Kingsoft Office; Evernote; Skype; HPPrintServices; AvastMobileSecurity, ARMTrustZone; TrustZone-based KeyStore; 256-bit hardware accelerator; SecureBoot; FIPS140-2 certified for Data-at-Rest (DAR) and VPN encryption
Weight
350 g ( = 12.35 oz / 0.77 pounds), Power Supply: 87 g ( = 3.07 oz / 0.19 pounds)
Price
600 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The casing makes the business tablet: HP's Pro Slate 8 is plain yet elegant in its matte-silver metal casing with perforated speaker grilles above and below the 4:3 display. The rear is also unobtrusive matte-gray. It has a pleasant feel and is slip-proof. Four small Torx screws are also found here. According to HP's recycling instructions, savvy users can even replace the battery. However, that should be well-considered to avoid damaging the device.

The casing's stiffness is rather middling. Pressure and twisting instantaneously becomes visible on the screen. The tablet's weight of 350 grams is a bit higher than that of the iPad Mini 3, but it is pleasant to hold and not too heavy. Buyers looking for a much lighter device should take Sony's Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

228.3 mm / 8.99 inch 153.7 mm / 6.05 inch 7.95 mm / 0.313 inch 422 g0.93 lbs213.3 mm / 8.4 inch 123.6 mm / 4.87 inch 6.4 mm / 0.252 inch 271 g0.597 lbs207 mm / 8.15 inch 136.9 mm / 5.39 inch 7.99 mm / 0.3146 inch 350 g0.772 lbs200 mm / 7.87 inch 134.7 mm / 5.3 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 331 g0.73 lbs

Connectivity

The configuration of 16 GB storage capacity and 2 GB working memory is not outstanding, but there is at least a micro-SD slot for expanding the storage. Google's Nexus 9 and the iPad Mini 3 could follow that example. HP's Pro Slate 8 features Miracast for wireless image transmission to corresponding monitors, and NFC. The device also has a docking port but the matching docking station is very expensive at 278 Euros (~$309).

HP promises security features, which will likely be one of the key reasons for business customers to prefer HP's Pro Slate 8 over other tablets. ARM Trust Zone is actually a standard technology that allows executing particularly sensitive processes in a dedicated zone protected by hardware and software. There is also a hardware-supported encryption module for the tablet's storage. It is additionally possible to set up 256-bit encrypted VPN networks.

Software

HP's Pro Slate 8 was initially shipped with Android 4.4. However, a software update to Android 5.02 is now available, which we also used for testing the system. HP uses the "Vanilla" version, i.e. Google's stock version, and it only preloads some additional programs. For example, there is an alternative media player from HP, an office suite, service software "Rescue" that enables technicians to provide help directly on the tablet via remote access, and "KeyVPN" for managing VPN networks.

"Avast Mobile Security" is completely under the banner of security. The user can scan the Wi-Fi network for weak points, filter short messages or calls, lock applications or set up a Firewall. Some features, such as "Anti-Theft" or "Cleaner" have to be installed first, though. "Corel Painter" and "HP Notes" are applications that support HP's Duet Pen - a digitizer that is included. Fortunately, no senseless adware is preloaded.

Communication & GPS 

The Wi-Fi module actually supports all modern Wi-Fi standards, i.e. 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. Thus, the 5 GHz band can be used, and it is possible to set up (at least theoretically with the matching router) extremely swift Wi-Fi networks of 1 GBit and more. The reception is also good. 4/5 of the signal was still displayed at a distance of ten meters from the router and through three walls. Pages opened there just as fast as beside the router. 3/5 was still available at another two meters and with another wall; pages opened a bit slower.

The spec sheets disagree as to whether or not a GPS module for localization is in HP's Pro Slate 8, even on HP's websites. In any case, the signal was not strong enough even outdoors, and the position could only be determined coarsely using the surrounding Wi-Fi networks. Consequently, we sooner presume that a GPS module is not installed.

Cameras & Multimedia

The cameras' resolution is category standard. The 2-megapixel front-facing camera has a slightly higher resolution than in the comparison devices. The iPad Mini 3 clearly lags behind with its lower resolution cameras.

HP's Pro Slate 8 features an 8-megapixel camera with auto-focus on the rear. There is no flash, and only Google's Nexus 9 can offer that. The image quality is decent. However, the sharpness could be a bit higher. We like the color reproduction, which is quite natural. Videos can be recorded in Full HD quality at 30 frames per second. The recordings' image quality is also quite decent.

The 2-megapixel front-facing camera also delivers a relatively good color reproduction but slightly lower image sharpness.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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Input Devices & Handling

The virtual keyboard in HP's Pro Slate 8 is Google's stock model. That is not bad. After all, alternatives can be downloaded from the Play Store. Besides that, the Android keyboard functions very well, is clearly arranged, and it offers some setting options.

The touchscreen's surface has been roughened lightly and sometimes feels unpleasant to the fingers. However, the touchscreen is overall very accurate and can be used well up into its corners.

The box of HP's Pro Slate 8 also contains "HP Duet Pen," a digitizer that can be recharged with the tablet's charger. It has a cartridge that can be turned around so that it can be used as either a touch-pen or a pen. The pen can in fact be used well for sketching; the applied force is detected reliably and additional features can be triggered via the two buttons on the pen.

The pen's true "killer" application is, however, the option of sketching or writing on a normal notepad and that is then immediately transmitted to the tablet. That functions right from the outset, which is impressive by itself. However, there are many restrictions, and we also missed a reasonable tutorial. For example, the tablet has to be on the right of the surface that is written on for the writing to be detected. How the pen is held is also important for sensor contact. Words were simply not identified because we held the pen in the wrong place in our test. Thus, it is a feature that is not yet fully developed, needs more explaining and is, unfortunately, too error-prone.

Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard landscape mode
Keyboard landscape mode

Display

The screen's high resolution of 2048x1536 pixels is also category standard. Sony's Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact lags behind slightly here. The brightness is sooner middling in the comparison: HP's Pro Slate 8 has an average brightness of 388.4 cd/m². That is enough for outdoor use, but other devices have brighter screens. The screen is relatively homogeneous with 86%, and its illumination is quite even. However, minor brightness differences are visible on large, colored surfaces.

387
cd/m²
390
cd/m²
367
cd/m²
402
cd/m²
416
cd/m²
359
cd/m²
409
cd/m²
402
cd/m²
364
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 416 cd/m² Average: 388.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 416 cd/m²
Contrast: 1015:1 (Black: 0.41 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.7 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 3.46 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 2.4
HP Pro Slate 8
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Apple iPad Mini 3
PowerVR G6430, A7, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Google Nexus 9
GeForce ULP K1 (Tegra K1 Kepler GPU), K1 (Denver), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Screen
-10%
-14%
-27%
Brightness middle
416
357
-14%
430
3%
531
28%
Brightness
388
344
-11%
411
6%
518
34%
Brightness Distribution
86
86
0%
92
7%
91
6%
Black Level *
0.41
0.61
-49%
0.77
-88%
0.66
-61%
Contrast
1015
585
-42%
558
-45%
805
-21%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.7
3.35
9%
3.17
14%
6.29
-70%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.46
2.09
40%
3.29
5%
7.04
-103%
Gamma
2.4 92%
2.4 92%
2.39 92%
2.78 79%
CCT
6629 98%
6851 95%
6746 96%
8600 76%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
55
62
73.75

* ... smaller is better

HP's Pro Slate 8 is on top in terms of contrast and black level. The black level of 0.41 cd/m² is comparatively low, and dark areas also look rich and black rather than having a grayish tint. That results in a fairly high contrast of 1025:1, which lets colors look quite vivid on the screen.

We did not ascertain a visible bluish tint in our measurements with CalMAN and the spectrophotometer, which is very good. Shifts are primarily visible in yellow colors, but the deviation from the rates of the sRGB reference color space is relatively low.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMaAN Color Management
CalMaAN Color Management
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker

The glare-type screen is a major problem in outdoor use. In particular, bright backgrounds cause issues with the screen's legibility.

The viewing angles are good in all directions thanks to the IPS screen.

Outdoors
Outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

The SoC in HP's Pro Slate 8 is called Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 and is already two years old. Our benchmarks, however, prove that its four cores, clocked at up to 2.3 GHz, still have enough power for apps and games. Although the results strongly vary, it can generally be said that the performance of HP's Pro Slate 8 is quite able to compete with the comparison devices. We did not experience any speed issues even in practical use. Internet browsing was also swift. The internal storage has a decent speed, although Google's Nexus 9 has a clear lead here.

An Adreno 330 clocked at 450 MHz is responsible for graphics performance. Again, Google's Nexus 9 has a clear lead with its Nvidia Tegra K1 Kepler GPU. The other comparison devices are on par with HP's Pro Slate 8.

Geekbench 3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
2809 Points ∼7%
Google Nexus 9
3154 Points ∼8% +12%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
926 Points ∼19%
Google Nexus 9
1879 Points ∼38% +103%
Smartbench 2012
Gaming Index (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
4131 points ∼90%
Google Nexus 9
4435 points ∼96% +7%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
4354 points ∼95% +5%
Productivity Index (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
8974 points ∼48%
Google Nexus 9
3910 points ∼21% -56%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
8430 points ∼45% -6%
Linpack Android / IOS
Multi Thread (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
505 MFLOPS ∼17%
Apple iPad Mini 3
1480 MFLOPS ∼50% +193%
Google Nexus 9
892.416 MFLOPS ∼30% +77%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
799.368 MFLOPS ∼27% +58%
Single Thread (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
320 MFLOPS ∼31%
Apple iPad Mini 3
887 MFLOPS ∼87% +177%
Google Nexus 9
670.667 MFLOPS ∼66% +110%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
403.045 MFLOPS ∼39% +26%
AnTuTu v5 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
41110 Points ∼41%
Apple iPad Mini 3
37527 Points ∼38% -9%
Google Nexus 9
56577 Points ∼57% +38%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
41749 Points ∼42% +2%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
676 Points ∼33%
Google Nexus 9
516 Points ∼25% -24%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
783 Points ∼38% +16%
Graphics (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
2305 Points ∼8%
Google Nexus 9
8602 Points ∼30% +273%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
2805 Points ∼10% +22%
Memory (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
522 Points ∼7%
Google Nexus 9
1509 Points ∼20% +189%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
609 Points ∼8% +17%
System (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
2066 Points ∼13%
Google Nexus 9
1729 Points ∼10% -16%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
1432 Points ∼9% -31%
Overall (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
1138 Points ∼13%
Google Nexus 9
1845 Points ∼22% +62%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
1176 Points ∼14% +3%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Apple iPad Mini 3
440 ms * ∼5%
Google Nexus 9
919.3 ms * ∼10%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
1054.8 ms * ∼12%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Apple iPad Mini 3
5722 Points ∼11%
Google Nexus 9
8210 Points ∼16%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
4754 Points ∼9%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Apple iPad Mini 3
5447 ms * ∼9%
Google Nexus 9
4030.5 ms * ∼7%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
6963.2 ms * ∼12%
AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
9 MB/s ∼3%
Google Nexus 9
14.49 MB/s ∼6% +61%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
1.53 MB/s ∼1% -83%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
12.6 MB/s ∼6%
Google Nexus 9
36.22 MB/s ∼16% +187%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
10.75 MB/s ∼5% -15%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
49 MB/s ∼8%
Google Nexus 9
75.49 MB/s ∼13% +54%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
21.79 MB/s ∼4% -56%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
198 MB/s ∼11%
Google Nexus 9
279.16 MB/s ∼16% +41%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
136.1 MB/s ∼8% -31%
3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
16323 Points ∼19%
Apple iPad Mini 3
7798 Points ∼9% -52%
Google Nexus 9
12420 Points ∼14% -24%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
13832 Points ∼16% -15%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
18499 Points ∼3%
Apple iPad Mini 3
19674 Points ∼4% +6%
Google Nexus 9
39070 Points ∼7% +111%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
19885 Points ∼4% +7%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
17967 Points ∼8%
Apple iPad Mini 3
14699 Points ∼6% -18%
Google Nexus 9
26455 Points ∼11% +47%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
18123 Points ∼8% +1%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
26 fps ∼0%
Apple iPad Mini 3
22.7 fps ∼0% -13%
Google Nexus 9
57.8 fps ∼0% +122%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
27.4 fps ∼0% +5%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
23 fps ∼1%
Apple iPad Mini 3
28.6 fps ∼1% +24%
Google Nexus 9
43.4 fps ∼1% +89%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
27.6 fps ∼1% +20%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
11 fps ∼2%
Apple iPad Mini 3
13.2 fps ∼2% +20%
Google Nexus 9
31 fps ∼6% +182%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
11.6 fps ∼2% +5%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
HP Pro Slate 8
8.8 fps ∼2%
Apple iPad Mini 3
8.8 fps ∼2% 0%
Google Nexus 9
22.5 fps ∼6% +156%
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
11.7 fps ∼3% +33%

Legend

 
HP Pro Slate 8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Apple iPad Mini 3 Apple A7, PowerVR G6430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Google Nexus 9 Nvidia Tegra K1 (Denver), NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB eMMC Flash

* ... smaller is better

Games

Stutters were sometimes seen during frantic situations in Asphalt 8.
Stutters were sometimes seen during frantic situations in Asphalt 8.

The graphics card can smoothly display high-requirement games like Asphalt 8: Airborne even in high details and the screen's fine resolution. At least most of the time; it sometimes stuttered in frantic situations, which especially will likely annoy demanding gamers. More basic games like Angry Birds Fight are rendered without issues.

Emissions

Temperature

The absolute maximum temperature of HP's Pro Slate 8 is 35.4 °C at the lower front. The increase is limited to one region and particularly decreases toward the camera's area. The heat is barely perceptible even under full load in total. The tablet remains even cooler in idle mode with a maximum of 30 °C.

Max. Load
 28.1 °C
83 F
29.6 °C
85 F
31.9 °C
89 F
 
 28.8 °C
84 F
31.6 °C
89 F
34.2 °C
94 F
 
 29.8 °C
86 F
33.9 °C
93 F
35.4 °C
96 F
 
Maximum: 35.4 °C = 96 F
Average: 31.5 °C = 89 F
27.8 °C
82 F
25.6 °C
78 F
25.9 °C
79 F
30.3 °C
87 F
27.7 °C
82 F
26.3 °C
79 F
33.7 °C
93 F
34.4 °C
94 F
26.7 °C
80 F
Maximum: 34.4 °C = 94 F
Average: 28.7 °C = 84 F
Power Supply (max.)  44.6 °C = 112 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Voltcraft IR-350
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.5 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 30.6 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 35.4 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 34.7 °C / 94 F, ranging from 22.2 to 51.8 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 34.4 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 34.2 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.4 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 30.6 °C / 87 F.

Speakers

Two front-facing speakers, DTS Sound+ support - that sounds like good preconditions for audio output. It is also basically balanced and does not boom even in maximum volume. However, the speakers are not particularly loud, and it becomes evident that they find their limits in very rich playback, such as choirs and orchestras. The 3.5 mm combo-audio jack produces an impeccable signal.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption of HP's Pro Slate 8 is exemplary at first. No power is consumed when it is turned off, and the consumption is minute in standby. The tablet's maximum idle consumption of 3.2 watts is also considerably lower than Google's Nexus 9 or the iPad Mini 3. However, the consumption suddenly exceeds that of the competition only under full load. It can climb up to 10.2 watts here.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.7 / 3 / 3.2 Watt
Load midlight 6.2 / 10.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

HP's Pro Slate 8 scores quite well in battery life. Although the battery's capacity of 21 watt hours is not exactly lush, the tablet still manages 10:13 hours in our renewed Wi-Fi test based on sophisticated web technologies. Playing demanding 3D games is possible for up to 3:57 hours. HP's Pro Slate 8 provides decent runtimes, but it cannot catch up to the long-lasting Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
10h 13min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 57min
HP Pro Slate 8
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Apple iPad Mini 3
PowerVR G6430, A7, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Google Nexus 9
GeForce ULP K1 (Tegra K1 Kepler GPU), K1 (Denver), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Battery Runtime
-11%
31%
-5%
WiFi v1.3
613
Load
237
210
-11%
310
31%
224
-5%
H.264
612
871
597
WiFi
533
841
574

Pros

+ Stylish casing
+ Decent stereo speakers
+ Micro-SD slot
+ Good Wi-Fi reception
+ Camera with good color reproduction
+ Innovative Duet-Pen
+ Decent IPS screen
+ Good system performance
+ Useful battery life
+ Security features

Cons

- Casing's stiffness
- Relatively quiet speakers
- Note on paper feature error-prone
- High price

Verdict

In review: HP Pro Slate 8. Review sample courtesy of HP Germany.
In review: HP Pro Slate 8. Review sample courtesy of HP Germany.

The Pro Slate 8 is a business tablet with an innovative digitizer and security features, for which, however, HP demands a steep price.

Very good alternative tablets would be Sony's Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact or Apple's iPad Mini 3, sometimes for half the price. HP's Pro Slate 8 is actually only worthwhile for users who need security features or a docking port. However, the corresponding docking station is also quite expensive. Too bad that digitizing handwritten notes does not function more reliably and is not explained enough. It would have likely been an important criterion for some buyers otherwise. We deduct a point from the rating for that.

Buyers who have the wherewithal will get a tablet with a good casing, decent performance, great screen and useful battery runtimes. HP's Pro Slate 8 does not make any severe mistakes. However, anyone who does not really need the business features can save a lot of money with the competition.

HP Pro Slate 8 - 07/02/2015 v4(old)
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
88%
Keyboard
67 / 80 → 84%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
50 / 65 → 77%
Weight
86 / 40-88 → 96%
Battery
91%
Display
86%
Games Performance
65 / 68 → 96%
Application Performance
48 / 76 → 63%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
68 / 91 → 75%
Camera
70 / 85 → 82%
Add Points
-1%
Average
71%
87%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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