Excerpt: We’re unabashed fans of HP’s Touch-Smart desktop machines, so we were really looking forward to getting our digits on the new technology in a convertible touch-screen notebook PC. But our eager anticipation only made the reality of the TouchSmart tx2 all that more disappointing.
Conclusion: The HP TouchSmart tx2z is a great deal-- it's got serious processing power and most of the trimmings of a full sized notebook in a 12" tablet chassis. We love the multi-touch technology from N-trig and it really shines in Windows 7.
Pros: Great price for the features, N-trig active digitizer with capacitive multi-touch is great., Great value for the price. The TouchSmart tx2z has the power and features of a standard notebook packed into a 12" tablet PC. The dual purpose N-trig digitizer brings us the best of both worlds: an active...
Cons: noisy fan, courtesy of AMD CPU, battery life is so-so., Fan is loud when the notebook is plugged in and working moderately hard. Limited display viewing angle and some graininess.
Summary: The HP TouchSmart tx2-1020ea is attractive, robust and offers decent performance, but its multitouch capability is disappointing. The majority of multitouch gestures will only work within HP's MediaSmart suite of applications, and the tx2-1020ea can't recognise those made using three or more...
Pros: Robust and stylish design; makes full use of Vista's tablet PC features.
Cons: Only supports two-fingered multitouch gestures; expensive.
Conclusion: Between the fan noises, a heavy chassis, a bloated software suite, and the sweltering processor, it's tough to recommend the TX2z as a primary laptop, let alone a tablet.
Pros: First Windows tablet with multitouch gestures. Various hard drive choices. Highly configurable. Very good keyboard.
Cons: Fan noises were unbearable. Bloated software suite. Base is uncomfortably warm. Multitouch gestures could use another driver update. Mouse buttons are poorly engineered. Too heavy for a 12-inch tablet.
Excerpt: HP has been tinkering with touch tech for a couple of years. But they have yet to nail the bull’s eye with a machine that mixes mature hardware with a haptic interface that feels like more than just a half-assed effort. So, we were cautiously optimistic with the TouchSmart tx2z. The good news?
Pros: Fully baked as both a touch and tablet device. Travels well with its compact and stylish chassis. Includes quick keys for rotating screen orientation. Mini media remote and pen conveniently hide away in chassis. Altec Lansing speakers strike decent balance between volume and clarity. Extra goodie...
Cons: Bloated OS hinders performance of otherwise decent specs. Occasionally laggy switches between notebook and tablet mode. No multitouch love for the trackpad. Terrible viewing angles and weak visibility in direct sunlight. Fan sounds like a leaf-blower at a My Bloody Valentine show.
Excerpt: The newest 12-inch convertible notebook tablet from HP is no ordinary ultraportable laptop. The HP TouchSmart tx2z is the first consumer notebook and tablet PC that offers on-screen multi-touch control.[...]
HP launches Touchsmart tx2, hopes to flip tablet PC market
21 November 2008
Conclusion: Yesterday, HP launched its multitouch-capable TouchSmart tx2 and dubbed it the first multitouch tablet on the market. Touch screens and multitouch capability are the industry's designated "hot" technologies for 2009; device manufacturers are scrambling to incorporate fingertip features into form...
Conclusion: The TouchSmart tx2 screen is a backlit 12.1-inch LED affair with a resolution of 1200 x 800 pixels. The multitouch feature can read up to two fingers or a stylus. That doesn’t seem to compare too well with Dell’s Latitude XT notebooks which can track up to five digits but bare in mind that there is...