HP today announced the upcoming release of a new consumer Tablet PC, the tx2000. They were kind enough to give me an advance hands-on look at the tx2000 weeks ago and now that the embargo has been lifted I can share my impressions with you. The tx2000 is a kick-ass notebook computer, similar to its predecessor the tx1000 yet with some important improvements. First of all the tx2000 is a great multimedia notebook with some great design features to make it so. The AMD dual core processor rocks and the tx2000 is a very fast notebook. It runs Windows Media Center rock solid and is a joy to use and HP made sure that the great-sounding stereo speakers are not covered up even when the screen is rotated into slate mode. It plays media very, very nicely and it’s great to watch videos using the Media Center. There is a cool remote control that fits into a storage slot on the side of the tx2000 for charging and storage and it rounds out a great multimedia computer.
The major improvement the tx2000 brings to the table is a dual digitizer allowing both touch and pen interaction. HP learned from their mistakes on the older tx1000 and the touch digitizer can be operated with a nice light touch making it a breeze to interact with the screen with the fingers. Then they threw an active digitizer into the mix which makes the tx2000 a really sweet Tablet PC. Inking on the screen is a joy and the tx2000 really shines as a Tablet, something that could not be said about the tx1000 and its touch digitizer. Given all the features that this new Tablet brings to the consumer, and it is aimed squarely at the consumer which is rare for Tablet PCs, the starting price of $1200 will put the tx2000 into the reach of many who want a full-featured convertible Tablet PC.
The specs of the tx2000 according to HP:
- Genuine Windows® Vista Home Premium, Business or Ultimate
- AMD Turion ™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology Processors
- 12.1" WXGA High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Touch-screen Display
- (1280 x 800). Panel rotates 180° and folds flat. Built-in digitizer
- for handwriting with battery-less rechargeable eraser pen (dockable).
- NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150 graphics with up to 559MB shared video memory
- Up to 4096MB 667MHz DDR2 system memory
- Up to 320GB (5400 RPM) hard disk drives
- SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support (LightScribe optional)
- Up to Wirless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n & Bluetooth
One of the coolest features of the tx2000 is the special coating that HP has put all over the surfaces of the device. The coating protects the device from scratches and other daily wear effects and look really great to boot.
Reviews and videos of the tx2000 are already appearing on the web:
The HP tx2000 is a little heavier than some convertible Tablet PCs but it’s due to the wallop of features that HP has crammed into the svelte package. I can recommend that those looking for a full-featured Tablet PC at a reasonable price should take a good hard look at the tx2000 when it is officially released after the CES next week.
(photo courtesy of TabletPC Review)
UPDATE: the tx2000 is indeed the new Tablet from HP that I hinted at earlier for those who are asking. I was under embargo so I couldn’t come clean with you about that. I do believe that HP and AMD will be giving a tx2000 away at the Tablet meetup next week in Las Vegas so I’d sure plan on being there if at all possible. :)