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Microsoft Surface Pro vs. ElitePad: Specs & Price

First Posted: Apr 18, 2013 07:05 PM EDT

So you're in the market for a Windows 8 tablet, but don't feel like shelling out $899 for a Microsoft Surface Pro?  Although you need look no further than the Microsoft Surface Pro specs sheet to know that it's a powerful tablet, its price tag leaves something to be desired. That's where the HP ElitePad 900 comes in.

Microsoft Surface Pro vs. HP ElitePad 900: Price

At $899 for the 64GB Microsoft Surface Pro and $999 for the 128GB Surface Pro, the Microsoft tablets are among the priciest in this space. The HP ElitePad is only $799, and to a large extent, is as robust a Windows 8 tablet as the Microsoft Surface Pro.

Microsoft Surface Pro vs. HP ElitePad 900: Specs

The Microsoft Surface Pro boasts a third-generation Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of DDR3 RAM. It has 64GB and 128GB internal storage options. The screen is 10.6 inches and produces a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. The Microsoft Surface Pro weights 907 grams and comes with a stylus included.

The HP ElitePad 900 runs Windows 8, like the Surface Pro, and is powered by a 1.8 GHz dual core Intel Atom processor. It also has 32GB and 64GB storage options, but only 2GB RAM. The HP ElitePad 900 has a smaller and less resolute screen, at 10.1 inches and 1,280x 800 pixels. However it only weighs 764 grams.

Microsoft Surface Pro vs. HP ElitePad 900: Verdict

While the HP ElitePad 900 is a robust tablet, it's arguably geared for a different kind of user than the Microsoft Surface Pro. The larger, more resolute screen on the Surface Pro along with its more generous RAM allotment makes it better suited for tasks like playing graphics-rich video games or streaming video content.

If games and video are the main things you plan on using your tablet for, pay the extra $100 and buy the Microsoft Surface Pro. Otherwise, give the HP ElitePad 900 a shot.

 

 

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