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Now that I have been using the HP tc1100 for a few days I thought it time to share the details about the Tablet configuration I opted for and also some key accessories that I have incorporated into my daily work routine.  The tc1100 is extremely […]

Now that I have been using the HP tc1100 for a few days I thought it time to share the details about the Tablet configuration I opted for and also some key accessories that I have incorporated into my daily work routine.  The tc1100 is extremely versatile due to the hybrid keyboard design and I am still finding the best way to use it in different settings.  Forgive the lack of actual photos as my Canon S50 camera died a few days before receiving the Tablet PC.  It worked fine one day and since then has refused to power on.

First the tc1100:

  • 1.2 GHz Intel 753 processor- it is very fast
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 60 GB hard disk
  • Bluetooth and WiFi (b/g)
  • Integrated (detachable) keyboard

Useful accessories I am using:

  • Microsoft Wireless Notebook Mouse- USB connector, works well with no driver needed.  I use it on my desktop with the tc1100 in the laptop configuration.  I will eventually get a Bluetooth mouse but I already had this one laying around.
  • Verizon v620 EVDO modem- PC Card, for use with Verizon’s BroadbandAccess service
  • Cross Penabled Executive capless pen- better feel than the HP pen with eraser
  • Piel Frama tc1100 portfolio case- they have supplied me with an evaluation case for an upcoming review.  The case fits like a glove and allows for easy use of the tc1100 while still in the case.  Very innovative and top quality design.
  • SoundMax Superbeam Array Microphone- works with the tc1100’s audio device and provides a dual array noise cancelling microphone making speech recognition possible.  Plugs into the microphone jack on the tc1100 and is software adjustable using the basic audio setup on the HP.  I will write more on this later as I just started using it.
  • Spare battery
  • Spare A/C adapter

Useful software utilities:

  • True Launch Bar- excellent task bar utility
  • Hard Disk Indicator- shows hard disk read/ write activity in the system tray
  • Verizon’s VZAccess Manager- for the EVDO modem, software manages all wireless/ WiFi connections and will auto-switch to WiFi from EVDO when it detects a hotspot to which the user has access
  • Zinio- excellent magazine reading experience on the tc1100
  • eReader- wonderful on the tc1100, the screen is the perfect size for reading
  • iTunes- for handling my iPod (which I use for backups in addition to my music collection)
  • ritePen- works well on the tc1100, write anywhere on the screen with great accuracy

This is what I am using now but of course as is normal for me this will be constantly changing and evolving.  I intend to do a complete review and a "Day in the life" article in the near future, just as I have done several times in the past.  So far I am impressed with the build quality of the HP and the thought to detail that HP has put in every area of the tc1100.  The user "get acquainted" video demo that HP included with the tc1100 is the best I have ever seen.  I had overlooked the button on the battery that indicates charge level until I viewed the video.  Nice work, HP.

  1. I enjoy the podcast (waiting eagerly for #8) and still considering whether a Tablet PC is going to be my next notebook.

    “1.2 GHz Intel 753 processor- it is very fast”

    I know these chips are different than P4 chips, and have heard you can’t compare by their clock speed. How would this compare performance-wise to my Thinkpad A31p (1.7GHz P4, 512MB Ram)?

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  2. You mentioned using the EVDO card for access to Verizon’s high-speed data service. My question is regarding whether or not you have run into the supposed 100meg download limit that everyone keeps talking about. If so, what have you done to address it? If not, can I ask how much data you transfer over the connection per month? The cost? The average speed? Would you consider the EVDO card a suitable replacement to a household cable/dsl connection for those of us on the move?

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  3. hrana, I switched to the EVDO service a few days ago so I haven’t hit any limits so far. Verizon couldn’t impose a download limit and call the service unlimited, that would be an invitation to a class action lawsuit. The service agreement explicitly defines what is permitted and using it for servers or server type uses is expressly forbidden.

    I do not often send or receive big files through Verizon so I am not likely to hit any limit. I use it for email, web work and Skype. I haven’t used it long enough to recommend it as the only connection.

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  4. Hi, does the weight of the tablet bother you after awhile?

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