HP ElitePad 900
With Windows Media Player at hand and the option to install VLC and a host of third party media players, you shouldn’t have any problem playing any file type. We tried playing MPEG, MP4 and DivX files, and we didn’t face issue. However, you need a compatible third party media player if you want to play MKV files. The same goes for FLAC audio playback. The ElitePad 900 easily handles full HD playback. We didn’t notice any stutter or lag. As for viewing photos, we recommend using freeware photo viewer such as IrfanView, which is more versatile than the built-in photo viewer in Windows.
The Intel Atom Z2760 is best at running basic everyday apps, which includes media player, office suite, web browser, email client and Windows native apps—anything heavier will cause stutter. So, don’t expect this tablet to ace at video transcoding and intense photo editing. An overall score of 1457 in PCMark clearly highlights this. What particularly impressed us was the quality of pictures taken by the 8 megapixel camera on the rear. Shoot indoors and in shade, and you’ll get great looking photos with good detailing and colours. However, the camera struggles when it comes to strong backlight and high contrast scenes wherein the highlights are blown and colours and details go for a toss. The one on the ElitePad 900 is one of the best we’ve seen in tablets.
Blown highlights in bright sunlight, but good details and colours in shadow
Good colours and details in good lighting
Shot indoors in ambient lighting without flash
We used Battery Eater Pro to assess the battery life of this tablet. The Classic mode renders a 3D scene in a loop until the battery runs dry. On a single charge, the ElitePad 900 survived for 6 hours and 10 minutes, which is very impressive. With light usage you can easily expect more than 10 hours of battery life.
Verdict and price in India
The HP ElitePad 900 is available in two variants—32GB storage with Windows 8 and 64GB storage with Windows 8 Pro. These are priced at an MRP of Rs 43,500 and Rs 49,200 respectively, which is not quite bad for an Atom-powered Windows 8 tablet with 3G SIM support. If the device had built-in USB 2.0 and HDMI ports along with a full HD display, it would have been good bang for the buck.
If you have a budget of up to Rs 45,000 for a 3G tablet, then we suggest you go in for the Apple iPad (32GB with Wi-Fi and cellular support). The ElitePad 900 is a worthy consideration only if Windows 8 is a necessity for you.