I have my first Windows 8 tablet from work. It is an HP EliteBook Revolve 810 that replaces my old EliteBook 2740p. The old 2740p was starting to show its age – the battery only had two of three cells remaining and it had some sort of issue going on whereby at time I started to believe that:
- It as 1984 again with multitasking – yes that is how slow the old girl was becoming;
- Speaking of 1984, at times it was like I was back on a 300 baud modem – I _ _w_o_u_l_d_ _t_y_p_e_ _a_n_d_ _s_l_o_w_l_y_ _t_h_e_ _w_o_r_d_s_ _a_p_p_e_a_r_.
The Revolve 810 is, well fffaaasssttt!!! I should not be surprised, it is an Intel® Core™ i7-3687U (2.1 GHz, 4 MB cache, 2 cores) with 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB mSATA SSD. The 11.6″ diagonal LED-backlit HD UWVA (1366 x 768) is beautiful. It is not an Apple Retina display but then again, I don’t like OSX, so…
It is not all sweetness and light: The 2740p had a built in stylus. I got the HP Executive Tablet Pen with the tablet. It does not have a nice little slot for the pen (grrrr…). Plus, it is – with the current drivers and other support software a piece of 5h1t. Really. The stylus with 2740p was really, really good for taking notes in OneNote. The Executive Tablet Pen looks like something from an, well, 1984 digitizer… a bad one at that. Hopefully this will improve because for me this is a big downer. I will put one qualifier on this: It could be Windows 8 – but likely not. I will be playing with the Revolve 810 for the next few days when I get a chance – I still have work to do! 🙂
PS – I booted Linux Mint 15 off a USB3 memory stick – the tablet has two USB3 ports; the dock four more USB4 ports – and it worked quite nice. I didn’t get around to seeing about getting the touch screen to work, but I’ll like find time to!