Enterprise Mobility: HP's Slate 500 Tablet Takes Aim at Business Professionals

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-10-22 Print this article Print
HPs Slate 500 Tablet Takes Aim at Business Professionals

HPs Slate 500 Tablet Takes Aim at Business Professionals

by Chris Preimesberger
Hewlett-Packard first demonstrated its new Slate 500 tablet computer in January at CES in Las Vegas. Now, after a series of development fits and starts, you can finally buy one just in time for the holidays. Hewlett-Packard says this 6-inch-by-9-inch touch-screen device is not a direct competitor to the Apple iPad and that it wants to position it as primarily a business tool. The company may be making the right call overall. But the market will ultimately determine who buys what and for what purpose. "You won't be able to buy this at retail," HP Personal Systems Group Public Relations Manager Mike Hockey told eWEEK. "We're making it available strictly on our Website, because we're looking at it as a business-type device." HP contends that the Slate 500 is a tablet computer that can do anything a regular PC can do, since it comes installed with the professional version of Windows 7 and has the look and feel of a regular PC. This slide show offers a close-up look at the first touch-screen tablet produced by the world's largest IT company.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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