Played with HP’s Slatebook 10
It’s an Android 4.2 tablet with a keyboard dock… (yes) just like Asus’ Transformer series.
But, compared to Asus’ Transformer, you cannot buy HP’s Tablet without the keyboard dock.
After having a short time with HP’s display unit at Best Denki.
First impression is how sturdy the device feels. Although it’s made of plastic, it honestly felt like it can last forever.
Keyboard has an HDMI, USB Slot and SD Card reader. It also has a battery which extends the life of the tablet once connected.
Priced a SGD 699.00, I believe its a risky price point since you will have to turn your back on other devices like a Chromebook, Windows 8 laptops and an iPad with BT Keyboard. Then there are more inexpensive Tablets available which also runs on Android.
HP’s Slatebook feels solid and great, but its also heavy, especially with the keyboard attached.
HP has been releasing a couple of Android and Chrome devices lately and it would be nice to see hardware improvements later on.
I cannot recommend the Slatebook to anyone yet, but I honestly can’t wait for its second generation.
Would also be nice to see if future HP devices are compatible with the Slatebook’s keyboard dock.
Just like any parent of this generation…
Our children have a smartphone/tablet that they can’t live without…
They play games with the loudest volumes, watch videos during their free time, listen to music and send unbelievable amounts of SMS/IMs.
A pair of earphones is almost a requirement to maintain peace at home… And especially, during long drives!
Now this is the start of our problems.
Head/Earphones were made to sound and look good… NOT last forever!
Most children will just pull the wires to take their earphones off their ears. They will never use cases and just stuff them in their bags with all their books!
We all ask them to take care of their gadgets but out in the real world, there’s very little we can do.
My daughter for instance had a pair of Monster Harajuku Earphones which needed a trip to the service center every quarter…
I posted an article here regarding their crappy service but I can’t do anything. The earphones costs around SGD 100.00 and I wanted a replacement for the faulty item!
After a year, I asked my daughter to use her stock iPhone 4 earphones instead. Believe it or not… Apple’s earphones lasted longer than the Monster Harajuku but as usual, I had to say goodbye to it since its starting to give up.
While searching for durable and affordable earphones, I stumbled upon Alpex Slyp Shoelace Earphones
Priced at SGD 24.90 (paid SGD 23.00, member’s price), it’s not the cheapest on display but its tangle free and since the wire is covered by a “shoe lace”, (I’m hoping that) it should last longer…
Here’s its product description:
Driver unit: 9mm
Frequency band: 20 ~ 20,000 Hz
Plug: 3.5mm stereo
It doesn’t have a Mic and Music Controls and its durability will be another topic for later… But for now, I’ll just let my daughter enjoy her new earphones.