Thanks to this great Forum, I've taken the plunge and ordered a TC1100. Should be arriving in the next two weeks. Ordered directly from HP Hong Kong. I have also ordered the Multibay 60GB HDD, Multibay Cradle and 24 DVD/CD-RW Multibay and these should arrive before the TC1100 sometime this week. Also have on hand a Kingstone 512MB memory upgrade at a great price US$113.00 ( U.S. 2nd Day Free shipping )direct from Kingston online store.
Intend to make this my desktop replacement by hooking up the docking station to a 19" external monitor.
The price of the TC1100 is lower then that in the U.S. or other parts of Asia at HKD 15,480.00 or USD 1985.00 for :
TC1100 Eng XP Tablet Edtn, P-M 1.0GHz, 256MB, 40GB, 10.4, Bluetooth, wLAN 802.11a/b/g, + Case ( note the 256MB installed memory though )
Here's the two questions I have :
1. The docking station was impossible to get in Hong Kong or Singapore or Taiwan direct from HP. I could only find HP resellers in Hong Kong that were quoting a ridiculous USD 400.00 - USD 500.00 for Part # 303180-001. Finally found a reseller in Hong Kong that offered the docking station for USD 365.00. Here's the catch - the Part # is 303180-371. I went ahead and placed the order. It was only later that I came across threads on the TC1000 with known issues concerning the earlier batches of docking stations. I'm wondering now if I bought a lemon. HP Hong Kong has no clue as they don't stock the docking unit. Anyone out there with this part #, and is the difference just because of region or did I order an old docking unit. There may be time to cancel the order.
2. The second question is over RAM upgrade. As far as I have been able to find, there is only one user accessible RAM slot. However in a thread started by BrianC (800MHz Celeron vs. 1GHz Centrino), in a link to an article, the author states that both memory slots are user accessible and the factory installed memory is not soldered to the motherboard. Is this true?