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HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1 Tablet Review

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 03/03/2016

Robust. HP's tablet is designed for use in educational institutions. It is accordingly robust. The equipment is also in line with the intended purpose: A bright, high-contrast IPS screen and 3G modem are installed.

For the original German review, see here.

HP's tablet has been on the market for many months now. Thus, inside it has a Bay Trail processor rather than a model of the succeeding Cherry Trail generation. This is not a problem because the performances of the CPUs are quite similar. Rivals for this tablet include Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet 10Google's Pixel C or even Apple's IPad Air 2.

HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1 (Pro Tablet Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Core: 313-646 MHz, single-channel, 10.18.10.4276
Memory
2048 MB 
, DDR3L, single-channel, soldered
Display
10.1 inch 16:10, 1280 x 800 pixel, capacitive, 10 touch points, AU Optronics B101EAN01.4, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 17 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: micro-SD, Sensors: accelerometer, eCompass
Networking
Broadcom 802.11 abgn Wireless SDIO Adapter (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, HP hs3110 HSPA+
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 14.4 x 280 x 182 ( = 0.57 x 11.02 x 7.17 in)
Battery
29 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Primary Camera: 5 MPix
Secondary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: mono, stylus, HP Classroom Manager, MS Office (trial), 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
850 g ( = 29.98 oz / 1.87 pounds), Power Supply: 107 g ( = 3.77 oz / 0.24 pounds)
Price
549 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case & Connectivity

The tablet's casing is made of plastic. The sides of the device are encased in a thick, gray rubber layer to protect the tablet from drops and shocks. Even the screen should remain undamaged when the tablet is dropped on its side. No flaws can be found in the build quality. The tablet could have been rather more robust for our taste. The tablet's interfaces are hidden behind a flap that protects them against moisture. The standard ports familiar from most other tablets are found here. The installed micro-USB port serves as the connector for the power supply. The small, handy power supply does not need much room. The power cable's length of approximately one meter (~3.3 ft) is too short.

The tablet is equipped with a 64-bit processor. However, HP has installed the 32-bit version of Windows 8.1 Pro (64-bit). This is because the 32-bit version is easier on resources. We upgraded to Windows 10 for a test. This was easy. All hardware components were identified.

Right: Stylus (included) compartment
Right: Stylus (included) compartment
Left: The interfaces are behind a flap
Left: The interfaces are behind a flap
combo audio, SIM card slot/micro-SD card reader, micro HDMI, Micro USB, power socket
combo audio, SIM card slot/micro-SD card reader, micro HDMI, Micro USB, power socket

Input Devices

The tablet's touchscreen responds instantaneously to inputs; we did not encounter any problems. It supports 10 touch points. In addition to the fingers, the tablet can be used with the supplied stylus. It is a simple plastic model and not an active, pressure sensitive pen.

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The tablet's 10.1-inch screen has a native resolution of 1280x800 pixels. Both the screen's brightness (356.9 cd/m²) as well as the contrast (949:1) are appealing. Unfortunately, it exhibits PWM flickering at a frequency of 200 Hz in brightness levels of 95% and lower. This could lead to headaches and eye problems in sensitive users.

389
cd/m²
420
cd/m²
384
cd/m²
335
cd/m²
389
cd/m²
364
cd/m²
300
cd/m²
316
cd/m²
315
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 420 cd/m² Average: 356.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 71 %
Center on Battery: 301 cd/m²
Contrast: 949:1 (Black: 0.41 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.64 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 1.96 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
60% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 38% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.43

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 200 Hz ≤ 95 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 200 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 95 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 200 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9705 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

IIn state of delivery, the DeltaE 2000 color deviation is 4.64, which misses the target range (DeltaE less than 3) just marginally. The screen does not have a bluish tint. Positive: The reproduction of the grayscale levels is quite balanced.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6 ms rise
↘ 18 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 32 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
34 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 20 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 23 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (40.7 ms).

HP has equipped the tablet with a viewing angle stable IPS screen. Thus, the screen remains legible from every position. The combination of glossy surface and dimmed brightness in battery mode limits the use of the tablet in the outdoors.

HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1 outdoors
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1 outdoors

Performance

HP's Pro 10 EE G1 tablet is a 10.1-inch tablet designed for educational institutions. Our review sample's price starts at approximately 500 Euros (~$544). Other configurations are also available; the cheapest model without the 3G modem costs around 430 Euros (~$468). The tablet is also available with an Android operating system in which case it is called HP ProSlate 10 EE G1.

Processor

The tablet is powered by Intel's Atom Z3735F (Bay Trail) quad-core processor. It’s low TDP (<4 watts) allows passive cooling. The processor clocks at a base speed of 1.33 GHz, which can be boosted to 1.83 GHz via Turbo. The Turbo is utilized  partially. The processor performed our CPU test mostly at 1.58 GHz. This applies to both AC and battery mode.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
696
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
2380
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
1484
Help
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Dell Venue 11 Pro 5130-9356
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3795, 64 GB SSD
1727 Points ∼100% +148%
Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 10 2nd Gen
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8700, SanDisk SEM128
1003 Points ∼58% +44%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 300-10IBY
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 64 GB eMMC Flash
933 Points ∼54% +34%
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
696 Points ∼40%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 300-10IBY
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2871 Points ∼100% +21%
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2380 Points ∼83%
Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 10 2nd Gen
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8700, SanDisk SEM128
1876 Points ∼65% -21%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2196 Points ∼100%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 300-10IBY
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2187 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2118 Points ∼96% -4%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
783 Points ∼100%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
781 Points ∼100% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 300-10IBY
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 64 GB eMMC Flash
767 Points ∼98% -2%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
923 ms * ∼100% -81%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
833 ms * ∼90% -63%
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
509.6 ms * ∼55%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 300-10IBY
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 64 GB eMMC Flash
506.8 ms * ∼55% +1%
Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 10 2nd Gen
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8700, SanDisk SEM128
348.7 ms * ∼38% +32%
Apple iPad Air 2
PowerVR GXA6850, A8X, 128 GB eMMC Flash
291.1 ms * ∼32% +43%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
47.4 Points ∼100% +82%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 300-10IBY
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 64 GB eMMC Flash
38.188 Points ∼81% +46%
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
26.113 Points ∼55%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9343.2 ms * ∼100%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 300-10IBY
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6176 ms * ∼66% +34%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
5533.1 ms * ∼59% +41%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5410 ms * ∼58% +42%
Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 10 2nd Gen
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8700, SanDisk SEM128
4369.9 ms * ∼47% +53%
Apple iPad Air 2
PowerVR GXA6850, A8X, 128 GB eMMC Flash
2396 ms * ∼26% +74%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Air 2
PowerVR GXA6850, A8X, 128 GB eMMC Flash
10512 Points ∼100% +208%
Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 10 2nd Gen
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8700, SanDisk SEM128
8408 Points ∼80% +147%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
7563 Points ∼72% +122%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6438 Points ∼61% +89%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 300-10IBY
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 64 GB eMMC Flash
6333 Points ∼60% +86%
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3408 Points ∼32%
Peacekeeper - ---
Apple iPad Air 2
PowerVR GXA6850, A8X, 128 GB eMMC Flash
2750 Points ∼100% +388%
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
564 Points ∼21%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 300-10IBY
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 64 GB eMMC Flash
535 Points ∼19% -5%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system runs smoothly; we did not encounter any problems. The PCMark benchmark scores correspond to the performance of the installed SoC. A look at our comparison chart reveals that comparable devices based on Cherry Trail processors (Bay Trail successors) score better. This is due to their considerably stronger graphic cores. At the same clock speeds, the processors' performances differ marginally at most. The system performance of HP's tablet cannot be further improved.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1106 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
950 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
1161 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 10 2nd Gen
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8700, SanDisk SEM128
1363 Points ∼100% +17%
Dell Venue 11 Pro 5130-9356
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3795, 64 GB SSD
1228 Points ∼90% +6%
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1161 Points ∼85%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 300-10IBY
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1133 Points ∼83% -2%

Storage Device

The tablet is equipped with an eMMC storage device that has a capacity of 32 GB. Approximately 17 GB of that can be used in the state of delivery. The remaining storage is reserved for the Windows installation and recovery partition. The module's transfer rates are on par for this kind of storage.

32 GB eMMC Flash
Sequential Read: 176.9 MB/s
Sequential Write: 78.54 MB/s
512K Read: 167.5 MB/s
512K Write: 39.13 MB/s
4K Read: 13.49 MB/s
4K Write: 13.07 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 48.77 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 13.4 MB/s

Graphics Card

The installed Intel HD Graphics core supports DirectX 11 and clocks at speeds of up to 646 GHz. The 3DMark benchmark scores are on par for the GPU installed here. The results are at the lower end of the performance scale.

3DMark 11 Performance
203 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
11788 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
1027 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance
Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 10 2nd Gen
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8700, SanDisk SEM128
364 Points ∼100% +79%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 300-10IBY
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 64 GB eMMC Flash
211 Points ∼58% +4%
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
203 Points ∼56%
Dell Venue 11 Pro 5130-9356
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3795, 64 GB SSD
202 Points ∼55% 0%
3DMark
1280x720 Sky Diver Score
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 300-10IBY
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 64 GB eMMC Flash
417 Points ∼100% +11%
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
374 Points ∼90%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 300-10IBY
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1177 Points ∼100% +15%
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1027 Points ∼87%
Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 10 2nd Gen
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8700, SanDisk SEM128
769 Points ∼65% -25%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 300-10IBY
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 64 GB eMMC Flash
14870 Points ∼100% +26%
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
11788 Points ∼79%
Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 10 2nd Gen
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8700, SanDisk SEM128
5275 Points ∼35% -55%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
0 Points ∼0% -100%

Gaming Performance

The performance of the tablet's hardware is much too weak for most games. Only a handful of games can be rendered smoothly. Games suitable for the tablet can be found in the Windows Store under casual games.

low med. high ultra
Trackmania Nations Forever (2008) 42.910.3fps

Emissions & Energy

The tablet in the stress test
The tablet in the stress test

HP's tablet performed our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) in the same manner in both AC and battery mode. The CPU clocks mostly at a speed of 1.33 GHz. It throttled for a moment (<1 second) in the course of the test. The graphics core continuously clocks at 300 to 340 MHz. The device does not heat up excessively. 40 degrees Celsius (~104 degrees Fahrenheit) was exceeded on three measuring points.

Max. Load
 36.5 °C
98 F
31.6 °C
89 F
27.2 °C
81 F
 
 39 °C
102 F
34 °C
93 F
28.2 °C
83 F
 
 38.5 °C
101 F
37.5 °C
100 F
33.4 °C
92 F
 
Maximum: 39 °C = 102 F
Average: 34 °C = 93 F
27.4 °C
81 F
30.4 °C
87 F
42.6 °C
109 F
29.5 °C
85 F
37.5 °C
100 F
44.9 °C
113 F
29.3 °C
85 F
38.7 °C
102 F
44 °C
111 F
Maximum: 44.9 °C = 113 F
Average: 36 °C = 97 F
Power Supply (max.)  37.1 °C = 99 F | Room Temperature 23 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 34.8 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.2 to 51.8 °C for the class Tablet.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44.9 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 34.3 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.8 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.

Speaker

Pink Noise
Pink Noise

The speaker is situated on the back's lower edge. It produces a thin, bass-free sound. Speech is clear. Headphones or external speakers can be connected as an alternative.

Power Consumption

We measured a maximum idle consumption of 5.7 watts - a normal rate for the platform installed here. The rate climbed to 12.2 watts in the stress test. The power supply has a nominal output of 18 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.4 / 1.6 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.5 / 5.5 / 5.7 Watt
Load midlight 10.7 / 12.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Runtime

Our practical Wi-Fi test simulates the load needed for opening websites. The "Balanced" profile is enabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². HP's tablet achieved a runtime of 7:44 hours - enough for a school day.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (IE 11)
7h 44min
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
464 min ∼114%
Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 10 2nd Gen
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8700, SanDisk SEM128
448 min ∼110%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
485 min ∼119%
Google Pixel C
Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1, 64 GB eMMC Flash
638 min ∼157%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 300-10IBY
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 64 GB eMMC Flash
407 min ∼100%
WiFi
Dell Venue 11 Pro 5130-9356
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3795, 64 GB SSD
384 min ∼61%
Apple iPad Air 2
PowerVR GXA6850, A8X, 128 GB eMMC Flash
630 min ∼100%

Pros

+ bright, high-contrast IPS screen
+ 3G modem
+ runs quietly
+ robust

Cons

- 12 month warranty only

Verdict

In review: HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1. Test model courtesy of HP Germany.
In review: HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1. Test model courtesy of HP Germany.

HP's Pro 10 EE G1 tablet provides enough computing power for coping with the intended tasks. The device runs silently and does not get excessively hot. It features a robust build and should therefore also survive drops. Connecting to the outside world is possible via Wi-Fi or 3G modem. The tablet's viewing angle stable screen pleases with high brightness and decent contrast.

All in all, HP delivers a round tablet for educational institutions here. Its relatively heavy weight and high price will make it  less interesting for private users.

HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1 - 02/25/2016 v5
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
77%
Keyboard
0 / 80 → 
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
38 / 65 → 59%
Weight
77 / 40-88 → 77%
Battery
90%
Display
82%
Games Performance
22 / 68 → 33%
Application Performance
40 / 76 → 53%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
34 / 91 → 37%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
64%
77%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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