HP/Compaq TC4200 Tablet PC


Now that we've got the IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad X41 Tablet PC review under our belts, we are going to backtrack a bit to take a look at the HP/Compaq TC4200. Although the IBM ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC hit the HotHardware lab first, the HP/Compaq TC4200 was actually introduced before the X41. These two Tablet PCs are targeted at slightly different audiences, however. The HP/Compaq TC4200 is a quasi-ultraportable, rather than being a true "ultraportable," and as such, this is a mobile PC aimed at the professional user...

HP/Compaq TC4200 Tablet PC
_Designed for Intel 90nm Dothan Pentium-M with 2MB On-Die L2 Cache
_Supports 533MHz FSB

_Intel 915GM (with Intel IGP)/ICH6-M
_Supports maximum memory capacity up to 2GB

_Two 200-pin SODIMM sockets
_Supports DDR2 400/533 Unbuffered Non-ECC memory
_Supports maximum memory capacity up to 2GB

_Intel Graphic Media Accelerator 900

Intel ICH6-M South Bridge:
- 1 x ATA 100/66
- 2 x SATA 100/66
- 20GB/30GB/40GB/60GB Ultra ATA HDD 4200RPM

_Broadcom Gigabit Mbps Ethernet
_Intel Wireless 2200BG (802.11 b/g)  or 2915ABG (802.11a/b/g)
_Bluetooth (optional)
_56K v.92 Fax/modem

_12.1" Wide Angle XGA TFT LCD (native 1024 x 768)

_Compatible with AC'97 2.3
_Built in speaker

Dimension and Weight
_~ 11.22" x 9.25" x 1.35~1.4" (our sample)
_Starts at 4.6 lbs.

External I/O Connectors
_1 x Power port
_1 x IR port
_1 x Lock jack
_1 x PCMCIA slot (1 x Type I/Type II)
_1 x Modem jack
_1 x Ethernet jack
_1 x Microphone jack
_1 x Headphone jack
_1 x SD card reader
_1 x VGA-out port
_3 x USB 2.0/1.1

Included Software - preloaded
_HP Local Recovery provided by Altiris
_HP One-Touch Button Software
_HP Mobile Print Driver
_Synaptics Touchpad Driver
_HP Help and Support
_HP ProtectTools Security Manager: BIOS Configuration for HP ProtectTools and Credential Manager for HP ProtectTools
_HP Qmenu Software
_HP Tablet PC Tour
_HP Wireless Assistant
_Microsoft Reader for Tablet PC
_Sonic RecordNow! (for optional DVD+/-RW and DVD/CDRW drives)
_Norton Antivirus with 60-days of live update
_Intervideo WinDVD - DVD Player (for optional DVD+/-RW, DVD/CDRW and DVD drives)

Included Software - Trial
_Alias Sketchbook Pro
_Franklin Covey PlanPlus



Measuring in at 11.2" x 9.3" x 1.4" and with a weight starting at 4.6 pounds (our TC4200 sample weighed in at 4.7 lbs.), the HP/Compaq TC4200 is the convertible Tablet PC of the Tablet PC line. Unlike the X41 Tablet, this Tablet PC is slightly bigger and weighs slightly more. This is to be expected from a Tablet PC that more closely resembles a compact traditional notebook. As far as mobility goes, it falls closer to the ultraportable side, rather than the traditional notebook form factor side. The bottom line is that this is still a highly mobile notebook/Tablet PC; it's just a beefier member of that group.

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