HP is positioning the Slate 500 as a business tablet rather than a consumer-centric iPad competitor. The computer runs Windows 7 Professional and should be able to handle a wide variety of Windows apps. In addition to a capacitive touch panel, the Slate 500 has an active digitizer for pen input and inking.
Heatlesssun reports that the pen input works well, but palm rejection isn’t that effective out of the box. Third party software can help. The computer reportedly has decent viewing angles, but doesn’t really compare to the iPad’s IPS display on that front. The HP Slate 500 also reportedly offers silent operation, thanks to its fanless design.
You can find more unboxing photos at the Tablet PC Review forum.
The HP Slate 500 is available from HP for $799 and up.