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HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Tablet Review

HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Tablet Review
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The third and final tablet in our roundup review of Atom-powered business tablets is the HP ElitePad 1000 G2. As in the case with the other two tablets we looked at, there are a couple of different models, but the one we reviewed has 4 GB of memory and 128 GB of storage.

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When handling the ElitePad 1000 G2, the first thing you notice is how the exterior of the tablet itself is plain unless it's in a jacket.

There is a single System Connector on the bottom and the sides are nicely tapered and have no connectors on them.

The cover over the MicroSD and microSIM slots, openedThe cover over the MicroSD and microSIM slots, openedThe left side of the back has a volume rocker, while the right has a cover, which when pried loose provides access to the MicroSD and microSIM slots.

The top edge of the device has only a power button, an auto-rotate switch and the headphone/microphone combo jack.

For the sake of our review, we chose the Productivity Jacket, which is definitely the most robust of the keyboard docks we have looked at. A plastic and hard-rubber edge surrounds the tablet, and when closed it looks like a slightly ruggedized Ultrabook.

With just one proprietary port, the tablet has limited expansion onboard and users are expected to add a dock of some soft. You can see above how the Productivity Jacket has a port through which the tablet's camera can see, and adds an SD card reader and two USB 2 ports.

The jacket is also spring-loaded to hold it closed and maintain tension against the base once the user selects an angle. Here, you see that not only will the tablet sit vertically, but that there are also three detents for the tablet-holder portion, giving the user the ability to adjust the screen angle for comfort.

The HP ElitePad 1000 G2 comes with the company's standard business-class tools for driver-update management. Having experience with these tools for a few years on HP's Z-series workstations, we can say the tools are pretty good for simplifying your driver, software and firmware updates if you are a small shop. For enterprise-class management and support, HP provides support for its Client Management Solutions, supporting both LANDesk and Microsoft System Center.