HP Business 12.1” Tablet

by Wootbot

I bet they can tap into traffic cams too

I know people use Tablets. Heck, we’ve sold plenty of them.

And I’ve had it explained to me over and over in staff meeting after staff meeting that there are situations for which the Tablet is exactly the right kind of computer. “Like if you’re a warehouse manager!” one of my colleagues, Katie, is always saying. “You could carry it around like a super-high-tech clipboard that you use to do inventory!”

And, OK, it’s pretty cool how you can just write or draw on the screen. And I like the mini pop-up LED. That could be handy for doing inventory… with all the lights out in your warehouse, maybe.

But I was always like: There’s no optical drive on this machine, dude. And the only explanation we’d get would be “well, that’s not really what this PC is about. And please don’t call me ‘dude;’ Katie is a girl’s name.”

So I’d be left perplexed about the whole Tablet scene. To me, they were like the fondue pots of the personal electronics world: I knew people were using them out there somewhere, but I never saw it happen.

But every so often, another Tablet would come up for sale here—like this one, with lots of nice security management options, and a confidence-enhancing three-year HP warranty (even a one-year warranty on the battery). It’s got XP Tablet installed, but then it also comes with installation discs for Vista Business. That’s cool. So I’d take another look, and wonder how come I just didn’t “get” it.

Eager to understand, I brought the sample HP Business Tablet into the conference room, where Katie was eating lunch. “This one has a retractable wireless antenna,” I said. “Is that, like, what people ‘Tweet’ through?”

She looked at me with a mix of fascination and disgust, the way you might look at an unusually large or oddly-colored turd in a gas-station toilet. She called me “hopelessly, acutely idiotic,” if I recall the phrase correctly. On the way home to Mother’s, I wept.

That night, hoping to forget my colleague’s bitter scorn, I grabbed the next disc of season seven of 24 and settled in for some escapist entertainment. What I saw changed me forever. Have you watched it yet? Spoiler alert, OK?


General Juma’s Sangalan commando assault team uses a Tablet to coordinate their capture of the White House! So portable! Such a convenient interface! The floorplan, utility system schematics and personnel records are at their fingertips! I totally get it! I wonder if it’s too late to call Katie at home?


  • HP Limited 3-year standard parts and labor warranty, pick-up or carry-in, and toll-free 7×24 hardware technical phone support
  • 1-year limited warranty on primary battery


  • 12.1-inch diagonal widescreen Illumi-Lite display provides for a lighter and more energy efficient notebook
  • Chemically-strengthened glass top provides durability and a superior writing experience
  • Video and web conferencing, video-enhanced instant messaging, and VoIP, made easy with dual-microphone array and optional integrated camera. Even capture business card images and automatically convert them to text
  • Genuine Windows® XP Tablet PC Operating System preinstalled, Windows Vista Business install disc included
  • Intel 802.11a/b/g draft n and Bluetooth 2.0
  • Battery: 6-cell (44 WHr) high capacity Lithium-Ion
  • Battery Life: Up to 5 hours and 30 minutes
  • Power supply: External 65-watt Smart AC adapter, 6-foot (1.8-meter) power cord included. Total length including external AC adapter is 12 feet (3.66 meter). HP Fast Charge
  • Weight: 3.7 lb (1.68 kg)
  • Dimensions (w x d x h): 11.42×8.35×1.11 in (290.00×212.00×28.20 mm)

Security Management:

  • HP ProtectTools Security Manager
  • HP Fingerprint Sensor
  • Configuration Control Hardware
  • Memory Change Alert
  • Ownership Tag
  • Setup Password
  • Power-On Password
  • TPM 1.2 Embedded Security Chip (disabled where use is restricted by law)
  • TPM Enhanced DriveLock (disabled where use is restricted by law)
  • HP Disk Sanitizer
  • HP 3D DriveGuard
  • Kensington Lock Slot
  • Windows Security Button (pen-activated Ctrl-Alt-Del)

External I/O Ports:

  • 2 USB 2.0
  • 1 1394a
  • 1 Battery connector
  • 1 Microphone In
  • 1 Headphone/Line-out
  • 1 Docking Connector

Rear I/O Ports:

  • 1 RJ-45
  • 1 RJ-11
  • 1 External VGA Monitor
  • 1 AC Power


  • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 1.8Ghz
  • Chipset: Mobile Intel® GM965
  • Memory: 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (Operates at a maximum of 533 MHz with 667 MHz memory)
  • Memory upgrade: Upgradeable to 4 GB maximum (2 GB SODIMM in slots 1 and 2)
  • 120 GB 5400 rpm 1.8-inch PATA
  • Display size: 12.1-inch diagonal Illumi-Lite, WXGA, UWVA anti-glare with Digitizer
  • Graphics: Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100, with up to 384 MB shared system memory Microsoft DirectX 9 capable
  • Integrated camera: Integrated 2 MP camera (1600×1200 max resolution) on select models
  • Network interface: Integrated Intel Gigabit Network Connection (10/100/1000 NIC)
  • Modem: 56K V.92 modem
  • Wireless: Intel 802.11a/b/g draft n; Intel 802.11a/b/g; Broadcom 802.11a/b/g; Bluetooth 2.0


  • High Definition Audio support w/24-bit DAC
  • Integrated mono speaker
  • Integrated microphone
  • Touch-sensitive controls for volume up, volume down, and mute
  • Stereo headphone/line out
  • Stereo microphone in

Additional Photos:

In the box:

  • HP KS009UT#ABA Business 12.1” Tablet
  • 6-cell (44 WHr) high capacity lithium-ion battery
  • Power Adapter
  • XP Tablet 2005 Reinstallation and Repair DVD
  • 3 Vista Business Reinstallation and Repair DVD

Inset photo credit: Jacob Davies