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HP ElitePad 900 accessories preview: Windows 8 tablet with loads of accessories

We've already reviewed the HP ElitePad, a stylish Windows tablet with an aluminium body running on an Intel Atom processor. Today we'll take a closer look at the myriad of accessories that turns this tablet into a really versatile mobile device.

A name with Elite in it of course suggests it's aimed at the professional user. You've got the Elitebooks, which are HP's laptops aimed at the business segment, and their tablet counterpart in the ElitePad. The 640g ElitePad is still one of the best-looking Windows 8 tablets currently on the market, but it has one significant drawback. The 1,280 x 800 resolution is too low for the snap feature in Windows to work.

At first you get the impression that the number of connectors is fairly limited. On the bottom there's a special docking connector, a MicroSD slot and a MicroSIM slot in case it's the 3G version. The tablet features NFC too.

That docking port and the Elite name suggest there's more to this tablet, though. HP offers a large number of accessories which can add a lot of functionality to meet different needs - for on the road, for in the office and so on. The ElitePad comes with two adapters, one is for the power supply, and the other turns the docking port into a USB port.

First we'll have a closer look at the type of optional cable you can buy for the ElitePad 900. The ElitePad Ethernet Adapter (H3N49AA) is a cable that you can connect directly to the tablet, and serves as a 100 Mbit network port. It's a USB 2.0 adapter that is recognised immediately by the tablet, and works automatically. You can read the rest of HP ElitePad 900 accessories preview on