THE AN­DROID AIO

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - By Nandagopal Ra­jan

HP SLATE 21 ` 24,990

SPECS: 21.5-inch IPS Full HD touch­screen, An­droid v2.2, NVIDIA Te­gra 4, 1 GB RAM, 8GB in­ter­nal

THE HP SLATE 21 is a stylish AiO run­ning An­droid Jelly Bean (v4.2). The de­sign is all-white and very com­pact. The 21-inch Full HD IPS panel is stun­ningly good and also comes with touch. Just be­low it, in a strip run­ning all across, is the speaker which gives good sound out­put. In the box are a white key­board and mouse that take up two of these ports. HP could have made these wire­less.

Run­ning An­droid, the AiO spring to life in un­der 10 sec­onds. The home­screen is in no way dif­fer­ent from what you would see on a smart­phone or tablet run­ning this OS. While you would have a men­tal block against us­ing An­droid for daily com­put­ing, I think this will find tak­ers among those who use an An­droid phone or tablet. Since there is not much learn­ing in­volved, this AiO can be rec­om­mended for chil­dren as well as the el­derly.

To test the pro­cess­ing power of the NVIDIA Te­gra 4 that is the soul of this AiO we down­loaded pow­er­hog­ging games. While most of the games ren­dered well on this new pro­ces­sor, some could not be in­stalled or played.

With just 8GB stor­age the SD card slot be­comes cru­cial BAG IT OR JUNK IT: Buy it if you

can use An­droid for com­put­ing The 1080p screen is a stun­ner The mouse should have been wire­less The key­board is good to use, but white could soil

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