HP Pro Slate 8 Review: Nifty Duet Pen, Premium Pricing

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Performance: GPU

We used GFXBench and 3DMark Ice Storm to test the HP Pro Slate 8's graphical capabilities. GFXBench has been one of our standard graphics performance benchmarks for a while, though we also supplemented it with Futuremark's 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark as well. (In order to ensure V-Sync and resolution aren’t limiting factors, we compared GFXBench's offscreen test results.)

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Once again, the HP Pro Slate 8 performed pretty well on the benchmarks. It's close to the top, but not the top, on GFXBench's 1080p T-Rex Offscreen test; it performed a little worse on GFXBench's 1080p Fill Offscreen test, but it wasn't going to cough up the same performance as, say, Apple's iPad Air 2. Against its direct competition, the tablet is pretty competitive, but it would be better if the HP Pro Slate 8 was priced similarly to its better-performing peers.

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3DMark's Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark was the HP Pro Slate 8's best showing. It was among the faster tablets for its Physics and overall Ice Storm scores (though its graphics score was surpassed by more GPU-focused tablets like Nvidia's SHIELD and the Apple iPad Air 2). It delivered great frame rates on the benchmark, bested slightly by Dell's similarly priced (but bigger) Venue 10 7000 and Nvidia's gaming-focused SHIELD tablet.


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