If you're in the market for a tablet but need a more business-oriented box than the iPad, check out the HP Slate 500 ($800). Powered by Windows 7 Professional and a 1.86GHz Intel Atom processor, the Slate features an 8.9-inch touch screen, an active digitizer for pen support, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD, an HD accelerator for video playback, front- and rear-facing cameras — of the VGA and 3 megapixel variety — and an included dock with HDMI output. In other words, it means business.
They're certainly not the first company we expected to be building a tablet, but the Alessi Tab ($TBA) looks quite nice anyhow. Based on Android 2.1 and sporting a sveltle body and graphics both designed by Stefano Giovannoni, the Tab features a 10.1-inch touchscreen, 1GB of internal memory with SD expansion, Wi-Fi, DVB-T with integrated antenna, HDMI output, a rechargeable battery, USB ports, and handy widgets to bring you the news, weather, and recipes hassle-free.
We won't know until next year whether it's a legitimate contender to the iPad's tablet throne, but we know this much: they definitely got the name right. The BlackBerry PlayBook ($TBA) is a new 7-inch touchscreen tablet aimed more at the business crowd, but packing plenty of widely-appreciated features like dual HD cameras, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, HDMI output, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 1080p video playback, 1024x600 resolution, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support, and Blackberry's new — and yet unproven — Tablet OS.