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:-
|Processor||2.2 Ghz AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile ZM-82|
|Processor cache||L1 256KB; L2 cache 2 MB|
|Memory||3072 MB (1x 1024 MB + 1x 2048MB)|
|Max. Memory||Up to 4 GB DDR2|
|Video Graphics||ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics with 64MB|
|Video Memory||Up to 958 MB|
|Hard Drive||250 GB SATA (5400 rpm)|
|Multimedia Drive||Lightscribe Super Multi DVD Writer (+/-R +/-RW) with Double Layer support|
|Display||12.1″ WXGA High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Display (1280 x 800)|
|Fax/Modem||High speed 56K modem|
|Network Card||Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN|
|Wireless Connectivity||802.11 pre-n, Bluetooth|
|Sound||Altec Lansing speakers, 3D Sound Blaster Pro|
|compatible sound 16 bit integrated|
|Keyboard||101 key compatible keyboard|
|Pointing Device||Touch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical Scroll Up/Down pad, volume control, mute buttons, 3 Quick Launch Buttons|
|PC Card Slots||One ExpressCard/34 slot|
|External Ports||5-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|
|22.40 cm (L) x 30.60 cm (W) x 3.87 cm (max H)|
|Security||Integrated finger print reader|