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HP is releasing it's Slate 500 for $799. No one seems particularly excited about this. But no one seems to be saying it isn't a decent device either.
HP seems to be downplaying the Slate, saying that it is not intended to compete with the iPad and that it is a "bussiness-oriented device." The Slate 500 comes with a lot of power, and weights 1.5 lbs. The computer has 2GB of RAM and a 1.86 GHz processor. The screen is multitouch, can also be used with a stylus and comes with Windows 7 installed.
For a certain group of people, the device sounds like it could be very helpful. Namely, corporations that run Windows that require specific locked-in Windows settings. However, no one seems to be suggesting that the overall experience with the device is on par with the iPad. HP seems to have resigned itself to the fact that it is making a niche product and marketing itself as such. That is more honest than the common approach, though it may not exactly help sales.
That's not to say the Slate doesn't have any upside or advantages. Though the stylus isn't exactly considered cool, for those who frequently make use of a digital pen, bingo! It comes with the note taking, cloud computing program Evernote. (I'm a big fan of Evernote.)
In the end, the Slate is light and sleek and does what it says that it does. Nevertheless, it seems that most in the tech world have let out a collective, though polite, yawn.