Excerpt: Let's not forget that before "tablets" were all the rage there were, well, tablets. While most tablet PCs were -- and still are -- aimed at the business market, the HP TouchSmart tm2 (which began as the tx2000 ) was one of the first tablets for the average Joe. And despite rumors of a slate product and future WebOS devices, HP hasn't given up on the tm2, and rightfully so.
Summary: HP has once again shown why they consistently have the most popular consumer tablet PCs on the market. Yes, the
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
21 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.
Conclusion: There are surely some things we'd change about the HP TouchSmart tm2 – we'd remove the battery bump, slim down the entire chassis, put in a normal touchpad, and speed up the Touchsmart software – but for an $899 starting price and now with its Core i3 upgrade, it's actually one of the better convertible laptops for students or just those that just want to reach out and touch a screen.
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 [...