"Piece of Crap"on by dswpro
Pros Small, light, who cares?
Cons Poor Construction, fit, finish, NOT durable at ALL
Summary I ordered a loaded one. Lots of RAM, 80 Gig 5200 RPM Hard Drive, Docking station, DVD Drive, extra battery and carrying case. I could not get the pen into the unit. the corner of the unit looked like it wasn't assembled correctly, or even closed all the way. I took the back covers off the battery compartment, drive compartment and I/O compartment. At least two case screws were cross-threaded and not seated all the way. The Pen entryway shiny silver plastic entrance seemed to be cacked, jutting some plastic into the pen-path. The keyboard detaches, if you can force the slider out of the way. I was afraid I would break the damn thing, it seemd so frail. The DVD drive they sent with the docking station was the wrong one. didn't fit. I ordered an extra battery. A second battery is twice as much as the first battery (WHY?) Mind you, to put the original battery into this bad-boy you have to attach it with a tiny screw. Who designed this? Then they don't bother to give you a small screwdriver to screw the battery cover on with. Pissed me off but good. The second battery comes with a lovely piece of plastic to push it into, but no charger base. Who cares, but why include the extra piece of charger? Just more crap for me to pay for and throw away. I fired the unit up. Couldn't get the pen to agree with the screen coordinates for more than 5 minutes after re-aligning the screen to pen controls, more than once. I finally jammed the pen into the blocked hole and sent the whole thing back. Let them get the damn pen out. This thing couldn't survive a stiff breeze, and didn't survive it's own assembly. Just Desserts:
I'm the IT director for a large medical center, and we're looking at hundreds of these things. Not anymore. Today I'm calling Panasonic, Dell, Acer, Toshiba, Gateway, and anyone else who has a tablet. Bye Bye HP.
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Pros I have trialed this machine since it first came out and have recently installed 12 into our office with a further 7 still to come. Our staff spend 50% out field and 50% in the office. Inside we compliment the system with the dock, a flat screen and wire
Pros small size, ultimate in flexibility due to included detacheable keyboard, problem free
Cons Short battery life, rubber round included pen wears over time
Summary I've used the HP TC1100 for almost a year. I have very few complaints. The tablet works great. Members of my social science research team all chose different tablets. (We're using them to collect data in the field). Some chose the Fujitsu slate and others the Motion 1300. I opted for the HP b/c its the ultimate in flexibility given that its a hybrid. I can use it like a traditional laptop, flip the screen around like a convertible, and go keyboard free like a pure slate. I'm someone who likes to have her cake and eat it too and the TC1100 lets me do that! I've given up nothing.
Moreover, I've had absolutely no performance issues. Everything about it (hardware wise) works. Microsoft could use some help, but I can't hold HP responsible for that!
The one thing HP does need to improve is the battery life (2 hrs with wireless usage) and the rubber grip around the bottom of the pen. Over time, as you insert the pen into the tablet's silo, the rubber begins to wear away. For that reason, I bought a Cross pen so I wouldn't have to remove and re-insert the original pen so much. The rubber has a nice feel to it, but HP needs to secure it better to the pen.
Great tablet. Highly recommended from someone who uses a lot of tech and is very demanding of it.
Pros The screen although small is the best of all of them. It is visible from all angles. the others look horrible from a few degrees off center. The keyboard is 95% of full size and it can be removed (Acer, Viewsonic, and Toshiba cannot and Motion Computing a
Cons The function key ARE small, I admit it, but GET OVER IT. It's not that big a deal. Screen orientation changes are slightly slower than units with the Intel Video. No eraser standard on the pen. Optional pen with eraser. Pen can be slippery to get out. Don
Pros Good performance with 1GB RAM
Cheap to buy, $250 + many accessories (eBay)
Cheap to upgrade RAM, HD
Handwriting recognition is VERY good with both MS & Linux
Pen instead of touchscreen, no finger smears on screen.
Runs Linux well
Cons Some lastic parts make it a little fragile (eg, keyboard clips)
Pen slot and power plug in need to be handled with a little care to prevent damage.
Summary I saw this unit compared favourably with iPads in several reviews, and the hardware specs were quite similar. Being an IT guy, I thought it would be fun to try out, especially as I really wanted a decent eReader.
It blew me away - it's a super versatile device, well engineered if a little flimsy in external construction (plastic parts, bah) but internals are tough. I love this thing enough that I ditched my netbook and my notebook both for it.
Lots of earlier complaints center around lack of CDROM. In 2011, that's pretty funny - I think pretty much everyone uses USB flash drives these days, and it has 2 USB ports.
Got mine on eBay, $250 for tablet, docking station, detachable keyboard, case, extra battery, wireless mouse + keyboard. WAY more ports & hardware features than an iPad! Built in wireless a/b/g card, bluetooth, ethernet port, modem, vga monitor port, 2 USB ports, PCMCIA slot(!), 3-in-1 sd card reader, pen with button, 7 dedicated user-assignable buttons, mousewheel (jog dial), good speakers & sound, bright LCD screen with 1024x768 resolution.
I use this for sketching, taking notes, having clients e-sign documents that I can then fax, reading (so good for an eReader, nice big colour screen!), watching video (great video playback, built in speakers are better than most laptop speakers).
Battery life is amazingly good, about 2.5hrs of heavy use (eg, playing video). Performance get a noticeable boost if you install Windows 7 (I had an extra copy lying around)
Would strongly recommend this to anyone to replace pen & paper, a classroom netbook/notebook, web browsing (yay Flash!) and as a portable media player. Wouldn't recommend for anything requiring a lot word processing like long emails, document composition, etc.