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HP Compaq’s TC1100/TR1105 is a light-weight tablet PC that offers portability and performance. Yet after using the unit for several months, I believe only those who need a slate-style tablet will be truly happy with this unit. You can see all my comments about the TC1100/TR1105 in my blog.
Moving from left to right: The Jog Dial which allows you to scroll and click; ESC button; Windows Security Button (CTRL+ALT+DEL); Tab button; Display Toggle (F4) Button; Power Switch and Power Light.
AC Power Connector and Integrated IR
PC Card Slot and Secure Digital (SD) Slot
The TC1100/TR1105 has small, flip-up stands that position the unit at an angle.
The battery-free stylus is comfortable and easy to use.
The stylus has a rubber grip that makes the device easier to grasp, but tends to stretch with repeated use.
The stylus can be stored within the TC1100/TR1105. Unfortunately as the stylus’ rubber grip stretches, it becomes difficult to insert.
I found the detachable keyboard cramped and an inconvenience. Removing the keyboard saves a little weight when using the TC1100/TR1105 in slate-only mode, but I don’t believe the savings are worth the annoyance of constantly removing and reattaching the keyboard.
TC1100/TR1105 from the top, with keyboard attached
The keyboard noticeably increases the TC1100/TR1105’s thickness.
The TR1100/TR1105’s keyboard has a swivel and hinge that converts the unit from slate-mode to keyboard mode.
TR1100/TR1105 in keyboard mode
Indicator lights on the back show the battery’s charge level.
Keyboard’s point stick and mouse buttons
Latches hold the keyboard closed when in slate-only mode.
The optional table PC docking station
The back of the docking station contains an RJ-45 Ethernet jack, VGA port, speaker and microphone jacks, three USB ports, and a power jack. A PS2 port is conspicuously absent.
The DVD/CD RW drive
A fourth USB port and the security lock connection and release
You can rotate the docking station to view the TC1100/T1105 in portrait or landscape mode.
The TC1100/TR1105 attached to the docking station. Pulling the silver handle will release the unit from the docking station.
The docking station with the keyboard extended. Although I routinely used the TC11005/TR1105 in this configuration, the owner’s manual states that it is not supported. Instead, HP recommends that you use a separate keyboard and mouse attached to the docking station.