HP's thinnest tablet ever brings a plethora of updates
HP revealed a newly-redesigned model of its HP ElitePad 1000, sporting several upgrades and changes from the previous iteration. It's now rocking a brighter touch screen with augmented durability as well as support for 64-bit and 4G. It also happens to be the company's thinnest tablet so far, weighing 1.5 pounds and clocking in at 9.2 mm thick.
We used to get excited when HP would send us its latest all-in-one. Each new model seemed to add some cool innovation or new feature that no other manufacturer had. The Omni 27-1015T has us wondering if the all-in-one pioneer has tired of pushing the envelope.
HP needs to move the power button off the top of its all-in-one PCs; it’s too easy to accidently turn the machine off while adjusting the angle of the display.
Barring new life as a modded Android device or relaunched Windows 8 tablet, HP's TouchPad is damn near obsolete. Be that as it may, there's still plenty of interest in a full-sized (9.7 inches) tablet with modern hardware at fire sale prices, and developers who want to get their hands on one without paying inflated eBay and/or CraigsList prices have yet another avenue to consider.
After one door closes, another is supposed to open, or at least that's what people always say. Maybe it's true, because after Hewlett Packard closed the door on its TouchPad tablet, the OEM opened its door to the HP Slate 2 Tablet PC. The Slate 2 is an 8.9-inch slate HP says is ready for instant deployment for business and vertical markets such as education, healthcare, government, retail, and any other job that doesn't always keep workers tethered to a desk.
Hewlett Packard over the weekend began sending emails to customers who signed up for updates on the TouchPad tablet to let them know the company is officially out of stock. Whatever remaining units HP had were sent off to retailers, but as far as HP's online inventory, it's been "depleted," HP said. For those of you still interested in snagging one of these fire sale tablets, Best Buy is one of the few places you'll be able to pick one up without an aftermarket price hike, albeit with a one very big caveat.
Politics makes for strange bedfellows, and so does competition in PC platforms, This helps explain why Acer chairman JT Wang is in full support of Hewlett Packard keeping its PC business rather than spinning it off or selling it to a third party. Wondering what that has to do with Acer? It's simple, really -- HP is the world's largest PC manufacturer, and both have a common enemy in Apple.
Hewlett Packard went bonkers there for a short while and actually considered selling or spinning off its Personal Systems Group (PSG) so it could focus on servers, printers, and software. Fortunately for HP, newly appointed CEO Meg Whitman quickly reversed course on what could have been a disastrous heading for the world's No. 1 PC maker, So now what?
HP's newly appointed CEO Meg Whitman already has a long list of things to do and oversee, not the least of which is to figure out what to do with the company's PC business. And then there's the whole challenge of trying to restore confidence in a company that seems to be swirling with uncertainty, not to mention the challenge of turning around HP's fortunes. If all that weren't enough, Whitman now has to forge ahead without HP's chief strategy and technology officer.
Amazon did more than just throw down the gauntlet when it announced its $200 Kindle Fire tablet, the e-tailer may have also scared off some of the competition altogether. Oddly enough, the Kindle Fire might actually help Microsoft increase its presence in the mobile market, as OEMs look to Windows 8-based slates in order to avoid a price war among Android tablets.
Market research firms International Data Corp (IDC) and Gartner both report that HP still sits on top of the world as the largest PC maker, shipping more units than other computer maker in the third quarter. Given that HP is maintaining a sizable lead despite all the turmoil surrounding the company's past, present, and future, why on earth would HP go forward with plans to sever its PC business? That's a question HP itself is having trouble answering, and it now looks as though newly appointed CEO Meg Whitman wants to back off plans to spin off or sell HP's Personal Systems Group (PSG).