HP TouchSmart tx2

The HP TouchSmart tx2 is the latest multi-touch consumer notebook PC that allows you to navigate and access your programs via the touchscreen display. Read on to see how good it is.

Tablet PCs have been around as long as their notebook PCs counterparts, but they are still not very popular due to its slightly more expensive price tag and the display is more susceptible to damage from the frequent use of finger or pen. However, the tablet PCs are usually being used in specialised industry like medical and education.

Most tablet PCs were running Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, which provided the alternate text input (using Tablet PC input panel) and drivers for tablet PC specific hardware. But with the launch of Vista, the software maker did away with the Tablet PC edition and incorporate the features including the support for MultiTouch functions and gestures in the Vista OS – except Vista Home Basic and Starter editions.

For this review, HP sent us their TouchSmart tx2 which claims to be the first Windows based multi-touch tablet from the manufacturer.

Here’s the specifications:-

Model number
Processor2.2 Ghz AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile ZM-82
Processor cacheL1 256KB; L2 cache 2 MB
Memory3072 MB (1x 1024 MB + 1x 2048MB)
Max. MemoryUp to 4 GB DDR2
Video GraphicsATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics with 64MB
Video MemoryUp to 958 MB
Hard Drive250 GB SATA (5400 rpm)
Multimedia DriveLightscribe Super Multi DVD Writer (+/-R +/-RW) with Double Layer support
Display12.1″ WXGA High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Display (1280 x 800)
Fax/ModemHigh speed 56K modem
Network CardIntegrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Wireless Connectivity802.11 pre-n, Bluetooth
SoundAltec Lansing speakers, 3D Sound Blaster Pro 
 compatible sound 16 bit integrated
Keyboard101 key compatible keyboard
Pointing DeviceTouch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical Scroll Up/Down pad, volume control, mute buttons, 3 Quick Launch Buttons
PC Card SlotsOne ExpressCard/34 slot
External Ports5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards
3x USB 2.0
1x VGA port
1x RJ11 modem connector
1x RJ45 ethernet connector
2x headphones-out one w/ SPDIF out
1x mic-in


22.40 cm (L) x 30.60 cm (W) x 3.87 cm (max H)
Weight1.96 kg
SecurityIntegrated finger print reader

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