The HP Slate 500 is officially backordered. Hewlett-Packard claims because of "extraordinary demand," as initial runs of a total of 5,000 units is not enough apparently, and HP apparently had to re-hire production workers just to get manufacturing facilities going again, and are presently placating angry customers by offering them over $100 off their purchase. HP had reportedly planned a limited production run of 5,000 units but 9,000 orders instead.
Jointly unveiled by Microsoft and HP at an event just weeks before Apple first debuted the iPad, the HP Slate was supposed to be a new generation of Microsoft Tablet PCs running Windows 7 under the new moniker "Slate PC," cutting the connection with the past generations of failed Tablet-sized devices.
Instead, Apple's release of the iPad quenched any enthusiasm for "Slate PCs," sending HP back to the drawing board while other makers either abandoned their slate offerings or looked into alternative platforms (such as Google's competing Chrome OS and Android OS). [ Read more.. ]