A convertible tablet PC with a thoughtful design and long battery life, the HP Compaq TC4400 should please tablet users in the market for a robust system. However, its steep price may deter some people.
Using the included stylus in tablet mode to make handwritten notes on the 12.1-inch screen was easy and thanks to conveniently placed buttons on the right side, switching the screen to tabloid view was a cinch.
To further assist tablet lovers, HP has situated the fingerprint reader on the top of the screen when it's in tablet mode. And a dedicated key for the Ctrl+Alt+Del function helps users make a quick restart without having to switch to notebook mode. As a notebook, the TC4400 works well. Its keyboard was easy to type on, and the system comes with plenty of ports, including three for USB 2.0, VGA and one for S-Video, as well as microphone and heaphone jacks. It also has a single PC card I/II slot.
In our performance tests, the TC4400 turned in good results. It aced the battery-life test, running for almost six hours under a basic productivity cycle. With its 1.8GHz Core Duo T2400 processor, 80GB hard disk and 1GB of RAM, the TC4400 mustered a score of 84 in our World Bench 5 test suite, which is on par performance compared with similar systems.
All the usual connectivity options are supported, with 802.11 a/b/g, gigabit Ethernet and a 50Kbps modem. Bluetooth and infrared are also present.
Weighing 2.2kg, the TC4400 is about average size for a tablet. It also lacks a built-in optical drive.
Verdict: This unit doesn't come cheap and for the price you might expect better performance. However, its battery life was excellent and it's a well designed machine with good functionality.