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HP Compaq Tablet PC Tc4200

alaTest has collected and analyzed 131 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the screen and build quality. The performance and portability also get good comments, but there are some less positive opinions about the sound.

battery, portability, performance, build quality, screen


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP Compaq Tablet PC Tc4200 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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HP Compaq tc4200


Measuring 1.5 inches thick by 11.1 inches wide by 9.3 inches deep and weighing 4.7 pounds, the dark-gray tc4200 tablet is on a par with Toshiba's Portege M200 convertible tablet but a few ounces heavier than the Motion M1400 Tablet PC . Add in the...

Good performance and battery life; responsive keyboard; three-year warranty; screen-brightness sensor.

A little heavy for holding in one arm; three-prong AC adapter; no FireWire, parallel ports, or optical drive.

First of the third generation of tablet PCs, the HP Compaq Tablet PC tc4200 convertible has a lot to like, from its top-shelf performance to its nearly five-hour battery life.

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HP Compaq tc4200


HP's next-gen convertible is a great notebook and an okay tablet.

Very long battery life Great processor speed• Wide viewing angle display

Limited shortcut button functionality Runs warm• Low stylus hover sensitivity

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HP Compaq tc4200


If you've been wavering between notebook and tablet, waver no more: The HP Compaq tc4200 is a gem of a convertible. You get a full, powerful mainstream notebook—thanks to Intel's latest-generation Centrino platform—with the added bonus of a realistic...

Strong build. Intel's next-generation Centrino. Dual pointing devices

Lacks a built in optical drive

The HP Compaq tc4200 is an excellent choice if you're in the market for a convertible tablet. It has a terrific blend of components and performance with Intel's next-generation Centrino platform and a tough magnesium-alloy exterior.


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Compaq TC4200 Tablet PC


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HP/Compaq TC4200 Tablet PC


Now that we've got the IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad X41 Tablet PC review under our belts, we are going to backtrack a bit to take a look at the HP/Compaq TC4200. Although the IBM ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC hit the HotHardware lab first, the HP/Compaq TC4200 was...

So far we have reviewed two different Tables PCs, the TC4200 and the IBM X41. For all intents and purposes, we feel that these two convertible notebooks/Tablets cater to two different types of people. The X41 Tablet is really more for those on the...

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HP Compaq TC4200 Tablet PC - Our Full Review (specs, pics)


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HP Compaq tc4200


With HP joining the Tablet PC convertible market late, you might expect the tc4200 to include technological advances or innovations, but such is not the case. It is simply a new ultralight notebook that HP sells both as a standard notebook and as a...

The tc4200's footprint of 11.2 x 9.25 inches is roughly the same as that of its primary competitors (Fujitsu T4000, Toshiba M200), and the same goes for its thickness of about 1.3 inches and its weight of 4.6 pounds. It is a handy machine

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Great machine, still working after 4 years of abuse


After 4 years the speed becomes more noticeable.

Durable, long battery life, reliable

A generation old, but still great. Wish the battery never died

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"Great to use. Heavy duty. Sturdy and fast."


Tablet PCs as insanely helpful for busy indiv... 

Hybrid. keyboard / touchpad for quick and concise data entry, stylus and handwriting recognition improves productivity at a ridiculous pace. (Imagine DOS Prompt vs. Windows !)

Extendable (add-on) optical drive

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"Worst computer invented"


I wanted to continue with the cons, but I ran... 

I fulfilled my life goal of throwing a computer out of a window

Everything. It burnt my skin. It melted the rubber mouse. I had to buy 4 new pens, they would snap in three. I bought a new pen, and now the tablet program doesn't work anymore. Slow, hard drive crashed 4 times in one year. Keys fell off as I typed

Product Specifications

The HP Compaq tc4200 Tablet PC is a full-function PC delivering performance and compatibility in an innovative form factor, while simplifying your computing needs with the added convenience of handwriting. The light and stylish design is meant for mobile professionals needing powerful and highly mobile computers that also offer enhanced security and reliability. IT managers will value the full portfolio of integrated security options, breadth of integrated wireless choices, and unsurpassed common accessories and consistency with the entire enterprise notebook line. With total cost of ownership in mind the HP Compaq tc4200 Tablet PC is the ideal choice for enterprise-wide deployment to highly mobile users desiring innovation and versatility.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Run Time (Up To):5.5hour(s)/5.75hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:12.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 768
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: No

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Country Kits:United States
Localization:English/English / Spanish
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP Compaq Tablet PC

Input Device

Type:Digital pen / Digitizer / DualPoint / Jog Dial / Keyboard/Digital pen / Digitizer / Jog Dial / Keyboard / Pointing stick / Touchpad/Digital pen / Jog Dial / Keyboard / Pointing stick / Touchpad/Digitizer / Jog Dial / Keyboard / Pointing stick / Tablet Pen / Touchpad / Digital pen/Jog Dial / Keyboard / Pointing stick / Tablet Pen / Touchpad/Keyboard / Digitizer / Touchpad / Pointing stick / Jog Dial / Tablet Pen


Data Bus Speed:533MHz


Manufacturer Selling Program:HP Smart Buy


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:Bell 103J / Bell 212A / ITU T.30 / ITU T.4 / ITU V.17 / ITU V.21 / ITU V.22 / ITU V.22bis / ITU V.23 / ITU V.250 / ITU V.251 / ITU V.27ter / ITU V.29 / ITU V.32 / ITU V.32bis / ITU V.34 / ITU V.80 / ITU V.8bis/ITU V.21 / Bell 212A / ITU V.22 / ITU V.22bis / ITU V.29 / ITU V.32 / ITU V.32bis / ITU V.34 / ITU V.90 / ITU V.17 / ITU V.23 / ITU V.27ter / ITU V.8bis / Bell 103J / ITU V.92 / ITU T.30 / ITU T.4 / ITU V.250 / ITU V.251 / ITU V.80
Type:Fax / modem


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / Bluetooth
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g/802.11b/g / Bluetooth/802.11b/g / Bluetooth

Optical Storage

Type: None

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition/Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005


Clock Speed:1.73GHz/1.73GHz / 1.86GHz/1.86GHz/2GHz
Processor Number:740/740 / 750/750/760
Type:Pentium M


Installed Size:512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

Storage Controller


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:40GB/40GB / 60GB/60GB
Notebook Type:Tablet PC
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 900