Summary: HP has once again shown why they consistently have the most popular consumer tablet PCs on the market. Yes, the Apple iPad may be king of the media tablets, but if you`re a consumer looking for a Windows-based convertible notebook with full tablet PC functionality then the HP TouchSmart tm2 is practically the only tablet worth considering … at least for now.
HP TouchSmart tm2t Core i5 Dual 1.2GHz 12" Laptop for $960 + free shipping
7 August 2010
Excerpt: , that's $250 off and the best deal we've seen for a Core i5-equipped tm2t-series tablet. Sales tax is added where applicable. This tablet features an Intel Core i5-430UM 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 12.1" 1280x800 wide touchscreen LED-backlit LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4550 512MB Graphics, external Blu-ray ROM / dual layer DVD burner, webcam, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
Summary: The HP Pavilion tm2t offers good performance, battery life, and features for the price. On the other hand, those who have used an iPad will scratch their heads when this tablet doesn't change screen orientation based on how you're holding the device. They'll also wonder why it takes so long for the TouchSmart apps to load when there's a Core i3 processor under the hood and why there isn't an app store.
Pros: Sleek aluminum design, Bright responsive touchscreen, Good graphics performance, Accurate and smooth pen input, Strong battery life
Cons: Slow TouchSmart software, No accelerometer for switching display, Mediocre touchpad
Conclusion: The HP TouchSmart tm2t offers an intriguing combination of tablet-style touchscreen functionality and portability with hardware power more akin that of to a larger laptop. If you’re in need of both of these things, then the TouchSmart tm2t should prove to be a good choice. If small size and battery life are primarily what you’re after, though, you’ll probably find a lot more value in a conventional netbook.
Excerpt: The HP Pavilion tm2t is a convertible laptop to Tablet PC notebook that was released at the beginning of 2010. The tm2 is the first HP consumer Tablet PC to feature an Intel processor, in the past the tx series of HP tablets featured AMD processors. In addition to switching processors HP has overhauled the [...
Conclusion: We gave the HP TouchSmart TM2 our Editor's Choice award not because it's the Cadillac of tablet PCs. If money is no object, we'd probably opt for the ThinkPad X200t . Though touch works better on the HP, the Lenovo's bright, barely-grainy non-glare display is luscious and the machine weighs less. But the X200t costs twice as much, and for the money the HP TM2 can't be beat.
Pros: Attractive, high quality design, sharp no-grain screen, Wacom digitizer, runs long and cool., Attractive design, brushed metal casing, excellent build quality. Absolutely no grain in the display and it's got great contrast and is sharp. Supports both pen and touch and uses the industry standard Wacom technology. Very good battery life, runs cool and quiet. Strong performance for a CULV laptop. Has a good selection of ports including HDMI and 3 USB ports. A fast 7200 R...
Cons: Screen glare., No internal optical drive, some drivers could use bug fixes (likely we'll see them) to handle glitches like twitching login field when it wakes from hibernation/ failure to re-init the fingerprint scanner in tablet mode (slide the power switch to sleep it then wake it up and all is back to normal), touch screen seems to go to sleep requiring a poke or two to wake it.
Summary: Yes I know it’s been a long time since I have reviewed any HP PC’s but once a company changes agencies it often takes a long time to get involved again. Now of course almost everything is Notebook, Netbook or touchscreen Tablet, here all three.
Summary: The HP TouchSmart tm2-1010ea falls between two stools. If you want a laptop, then cheaper, more powerful machines are available. On the other hand, it's too heavy and its touchscreen interface is too clumsy for this machine to rival tablets like the iPad
Pros: Bright, responsive touchscreen, Great keyboard and trackpad
Cons: Not particularly powerful, Too heavy to comfortably use as a tablet, Virtual keyboard isn't great