"A funky toy at best. Useless at everything else."1.5 starson by one_time_review
Pros: Got to give credit to HP for the fact that after 6 (!) years of *daily usage*, the thing keeps going without a sigh. It may be, under circumstances, a marginally useful tool, too.
Cons: All disadvantages won't fit in a 250-character box. In a nutshell - absurd (physical) construction coupled with a very mediocre spec (at best, even relative to 2004.)
Summary: This review isn't relevant at this point in time, but I desired to express the joys I was able to go through wih this tablet.
Expected this to be a prozaic investment, turned out to be the exact opposite. Generally speaking, unless you *really have to* walk around with a cool pad in your hand (and *really cannot* use a pen and paper instead), the tablet probably would be the weapon of choice, but even so, it shouldn't have been the TC1100. The fact that you cannot rest it on your lap without the fear of having it fall over (given the design) makes it useless for anything but the said hand-drawing. I respect other views, but mine is that if you go as high-tech as buying a $5000+ computer that is essentially just an electronic notebook (with a bunch of extras offered by Windows that you, however, won't be able to make much use of), there might be an issue with prioritizing "productivity" over "ostentativeness". Again, unless you have a very good reason for this particular form of tablet, I wouldn't consider this a competent substitute for an ultra-portable laptop and a pen and paper.
Philosophical views aside, there's a bunch of aspects to this tablet which are unanimously negative, even considering its intended purpose.
1) The physical construction is simply rubbish. It's using a screw to hold the battery, which makes any attempt at extending the usage time an impossibility. If you are as unlucky as me and have to use it, occasionally, as a desktop replacement, your options rest on putting up with a ridiculously bulky docking station the weight of a brick, which doesn't really extend the computer's flexibility by all that much. But most of all, the keyboard... Simply speaking, with the keyboard attached, the weight of the computer makes it unusable anywhere else but on a flat table top; everywhere else, it rocks back and forth, which will inevitably, at some point in time, cause it to fall over or break in the joint. (The keyboard is held on two short plastic pins that slide into the main body which don't look like they can hold anything at all, let alone a 1+ kg board of a tablet.) Generally, if you want to put the pen down and use it as an actual computer for a while, the 'portability' of the whole package turns right against you.
2) The spec. All right, it wasn't meant to deal with much, but even so, a 1.2 GHz processor, 512MB memory and a 60GB HDD (at best) were even in 2004 simply poor parameters. Any form of comfortable multitasking is quite out of question - opening up a few tabs in Firefox and then perhaps a Word document equals full RAM, whence virtual memory takes charge, and whilst Windows swaps stuff around on the disk, I recommend to make oneself some coffee or perhaps take a nap, because it takes ages. Even with enough RAM, the processor is slow, the embedded graphics card is a laugh (forget about anything that starts or ends on "3D"), and finding official drivers for that sound card from some nobody in Taiwan is a pain in the ___, not to mention that personally, I was never able to get them working as they should. Very weak performance overall.
On the other hand (gotta be fair), while my TC1100 did sustain some marginal setbacks over time, the fact remains that after 6 years of *daily usage*, I only had to reinstall Windows once, and it still keeps going with nearly all the features working as they should, including the tablet display. And yes, it did go through hell - it got kicked (in a backpack, while turned on by mistake), fell on the ground from about 40cm (again, while turned on...) and suffered numerous other mechanical impacts which would have killed other regular (and much sturdier) laptops on the spot. How that is possible - against all indications - escapes my understanding (I cannot but think I probably owe it to some heavenly forces), but those are the facts. So much for reliability of my particular TC1100.
Overall - yes, it just kept working like a Terminator, but the benefit of such (probably irreplicable) reliability is doubtful, given what you actually can (or rather cannot) do with the computer itself. Wouldn't have recommended.