The New HP Slate 21 – The Tablet That Thinks It’s a Computer


HP have announced a new hybrid all-in-one touch screen device that runs Android. The HP Slate 21 is a 21.5″ tablet that is designed to work as a main computer, but can it actually compare to a “normal” computer?

The HP Slate 21 is not unique in terms of it’s design, as there are many similar all-in-one devices out there from a number of manufacturers, but what is different is the fact that this machine runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and not a traditional desktop OS like Windows. So you have to ask yourself, how useful is a 22″ glorified tablet?


When I read through the spec sheet for the HP Slate 21, I was actually quite surprised at how low the price is, however, it became clear why it was so cheap when I dug into the details a little. The specs are as follows:

  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • NVidia Tegra 4 Quad-Core CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage (expandable via an SD card slot or USB HDD)
  • 21.5″ full HD touch-enabled LED widescreen (1920×1080)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GPU with 72 custom cores
  • 10/100 Ethernet
  • Wireless B/G/N
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • HD webcam


This tidy not-so-little package comes in at £349 (around $560). So the price is pretty good, but it does leave me wondering how good the performance will be when you consider the lack of RAM. If this device had 2GB of RAM, then I would have strongly considered buying myself one, but as it is, I can’t really justify £349 for the HP Slate 21 when it seems so under powered in the RAM department.

However, being able to add things like NTFS USB hard drives, keyboard and mouse, and having apps like a file browser and office app by default, it isn’t completely out of the realms of possibility for this device to replace a full blown desktop. That’s all dependant on what you would use your machine for though.

What do you guys think? If the HP Slate 21 a worthy contender as a desktop replacement? Or is it just an over-sized tablet? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

The New HP Slate 21 – The Tablet That Thinks It’s a Computer
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  • zzzz

    I bought one in ooooo’s and aaaaaaa’s of the new technology and the super amazing price… but in second glance. not the best computer for my needs. I use google docs and the operating system doesn’t support me using it at all.. the “windows style word” system that comes with the computer is super hard to use and not at all user friendly. there is NO way I can use this thing to type professional papers.

    Also the computer doesn’t use adobe…………….everything for school uses adobe…….But I love it for huluplus and movies and music..its like having a television that I can bring anywhere in the house. My cousin has a All in one computer..not sure the brand, but hers is much better and does do all the things that I need.. I still usemy glorified tablet a lot. the touch screen is awesome and the speed is nice. I can’t do much for downloads and mostly i save in cloud so generally nothing is blocking up my harddrive. I’m not 100% on this but this computer as far as I know doesn’t need much for antivirus.

  • david

    I wonder if the ram can be upgraded im up set that the new pro version is out in march as i just brought the slate 21 today. but ill be only using it for family board games so should be fine I guess.