Windows Based Tablets – An Overview

Tablets, the newest sensation to hit the gadget market, are quickly gaining popularity with an ever increasing number of users. To date, Apple’s iPad with its iOS software is the most popular and has dominated the tablet market.

However, other non-apple models such as Android tablets, Blackberry Playbook and Windows tablet are not too far behind. With the arrival of Windows 8, consumers are excited for the Windows based tablet which can run regular software and be the closest substitute to a laptop. This article will look at some of the Windows based tablet that are currently available in the market.

Windows Based Tablet – Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T

With its superior hardware, powerful touch screen and solid designs, the Samsung Series 7 Slate is one of the fastest Windows based tablet available. Paired with its accessories like the dock and keyboard, this Windows based tablet offers a very laptop-like experience. The Samsung Series 7 Slate has an 11.6in display, 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-2467M processor, 4GB hard disk and an Intel HM65 chipset.

This Windows based tablet also has a custom user interface which looks like a crossover between Android and Windows 8. The downside to the Samsung Series 7 Slate is the expensive price tag and the accessories are sold separately and since the Slate 700T is best when used with the dock and keyboard, buyers should be ready to dig deep into their wallets for this Windows based tablet from Samsung.

Windows Based Tablet – Asus Eee Slate EP121

Despite its high starting price, the Asus Eee Slate EP121 is one of the best Windows based tablet around. It comes packed with an Intel Core i5 CPU which makes it quite powerful. The EP121 exceeds expectation by coming off as a Windows based tablet that has a high performance level as well as a well designed tablet.

Although having a very good touch interface, the Asus Eee Slate EP121 also comes with its very own Bluetooth keyboard for users who prefer typing off screen. When taking all the features and benefits taken into consideration, the expensive price tag can be easily justified.

Windows Based Tablet – HP Slate 500

The HP Slate 500 is one of the very first Windows based tablet to hit the market. Unlike most other tablets, the HP Slate 500 is aimed towards industrial and business users and not casual consumers. The Slate 500 comes with an SD Windows Based Tabletcard slot, a front facing and rear facing 3MP camera, an USB port and a docking connector.

Furthermore, the dock comes with an HDMI output, two more USB ports, and a second headphone jack. On the inside, the HP Slate has a 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor, 2GB of RAM, 64 SSD hard drive and a Broadcom Crystal HD chip for HD video playback. However, a downside to this Windows based tablet is that does not come with any sort of specialized touch interfaces.

Have a look at some of the windows based tablets featured at CES 2011:

MSI WindPad 110W

The key features for this Windows based tablet from MSI includes a 10 inch 1024 x 600 resolution display, Atom Z530 single-core 1.6HGz CPU, 32 SSD, 2GB RAM, Bluetooth, WiFi and HDMI and USB ports. The MSI WindPad, however, could improve in several areas such as design and integration of ports.