• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Display: 12.0 inch IPS display
  • Processor: 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • Connectivity: WiFi Memory: 2GB Storage: 32GB
  • Operating System: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Camera: 8MP rear-facing, 2MP front-facing
  • Dimensions: 300.3 x 7.99 x 221.95 mm
  • Weight: 850 g
  • Pros:
  • Duet Pen works like a charm
  • Battery life
  • Cons:
  • Difficult to use as a tablet device
  • Price

Trying Something Different

It’s been a while since we last saw Hewlett-Packard with a tablet device, but here we are with one of their latest products, in the form of the HP Pro Slate 12 tablet, a device meant to make drawing and note-taking an easy-peasy task. Is it portable-friendly? How does it perform? We’re about to find out all about that right now.

As its name implies, the HP Pro Slate 12 is a 12 inch slate device, but in actuality it’s quite a bit bigger than that thanks to the device’s thick bezels at the side of the screen. It’s powered by a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor alongside 2GBs of RAM, with 32GBs of storage on-board. Its 12.0 inch display meanwhile features a resolution of 1,600×1,200 pixels.

One thing’s for sure, the HP Pro Slate 12 has a beautiful and very sturdy build quality, thanks to its glass bezel and aluminium borders which also houses the front-facing speakers at the side. Due to its size, it is quite heavy and unwieldy to be used as a handheld media device for long periods of time, so what’s it good for then?

The Duet Pen perfectly transcribes your writings from paper to screen

The Duet Pen perfectly transcribes your writings from paper to screen

The Pro Slate 12 features an accessory that’s called the Duet Pen, a digitiser stylus that features built-in ultrasonic microphones that help you transcribe your writing and drawing from a piece of paper to the tablet device simultaneously. The Duet Pen also features a built-in rechargeable battery, so charging it is quite easy.

As for the performance of the Duet Pen, we find that it transcribes from paper to screen quite accurately and quickly as well, which more than makes up for the frustration that is getting the pen hooked up to the tablet. The digitiser works with apps such as HP Notes and Corel Painter mobile apps, and while the Duet Pen syncs instantly to the Pro Slate 12, getting it to work with the apps requires a bit of tinkering and menu diving, which does get a bit frustrating.

The Pro Slate 12 has a decent battery built-in, and provided us with roughly about nine hours of battery life, which considering the tablet’s size and display resolution, is actually quite fantastic. Performance-wise, the Pro Slate 12 works as well as can be expected, and thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, it’s quite snappy as well, although the 2GB RAM does show when you have one too many apps running concurrently.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The HP Pro Slate 12 is a tablet that is great if you’re into taking a lot of notes and drawing illustrations from ink to digital with very little hassle.

(previously published in issue August 2015)

HP Pro Slate 12