HP Compaq TC1000

By John Taschek  |  Posted 2002-11-25 Print this article Print

HP Compaq TC1000

The HP Compaq TC1000 shows how engineering and design considerations can transform a normal notebook into something special. We were both impressed and discouraged by this hybrid design, but HP clearly believes that there will be a flood of similar Tablet PC designs and that styling will be a major selling point.

At first glance, the TC1000 is the best-looking Tablet PC we tested. At its roots, the TC1000 is a slate model that comes with a futuristic base station and a detachable keyboard that can be used to convert the slate into a clamshell device. Everything is interlocked—its the Transformer of the PC world.

But the design became somewhat tiresome during testing. We frequently wanted to use the systems we tested both as subnotebooks and as slates. The Compaq TC1000 design slowed us down, although we came to greatly appreciate its small keyboard. The system will work extremely well for CEOs, professionals who travel frequently and consumers. It will not work well for most vertical industries.

On a positive note, because the device can be configured as a Tablet, a subnotebook or a desktop replacement, the TC1000 will be compelling for many different users and applications. And at $1,799, the TC1000 is also about $500 less expensive than some of its competitors.

The Compaq TC1000 was the only unit we tested that was based on the Transmeta Corp. Crusoe processor (the 5800). The system shipped to the Labs was running a pre-release version of Windows XP Tablet Edition (Build 2600).

HP is also the first Tablet vendor not to use the Wacom digitizer technology. Although Wacom has a good feel and good performance without the need for powered pens, the Compaq TravelMates pen simply feels better on the screen. However, the pen does require a battery.

As the director of eWEEK Labs, John manages a staff that tests and analyzes a wide range of corporate technology products. He has been instrumental in expanding eWEEK Labs' analyses into actual user environments, and has continually engineered the Labs for accurate portrayal of true enterprise infrastructures. John also writes eWEEK's 'Wide Angle' column, which challenges readers interested in enterprise products and strategies to reconsider old assumptions and think about existing IT problems in new ways. Prior to his tenure at eWEEK, which started in 1994, Taschek headed up the performance testing lab at PC/Computing magazine (now called Smart Business). Taschek got his start in IT in Washington D.C., holding various technical positions at the National Alliance of Business and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he and his colleagues assisted the government office with integrating the Windows desktop operating system with HUD's legacy mainframe and mid-range servers.

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters

Rocket Fuel