Laptop: HP Touchsmart TX2

HP Touchsmart TX2

£799

hp.com

At
first glance, HP’s TX2 is a pretty average, if rather chunky, 12.1-inch
notebook. However, beneath the chubby exterior is a full touchscreen, a
radical feature that none of the other laptops tested here have. It
also boasts a neat party trick – you can twist the screen around and
use the TX2 like a tablet.

The touchscreen is accurate when used
with the supplied stylus, although a little less so when using your
fingers. Surprisingly, doing the latter doesn’t seem to clog up the
screen with grime either.

There is also a normal keyboard,
which is great, and the keys have a good, solid feel. The design of the
machine is a little wacky, with tattoo-like graphics on the casing, but
they are reasonably subtle.

Although the TX2 is one of the
lightest machines here, at just over 1.9kg, it’s a bit bulky compared
with the others. But for people who need to do a lot of relatively
simple data entry while out and about, this is a superb unit, as you’re
effectively getting both a data-entry tablet and a laptop PC in one.

When
Microsoft introduces Windows 7 later this year, it will become a lot
more useful, as the new software includes better support for
touchscreens, making it easier to navigate. But for now, the TX2 is
more of a curiosity than a real day-to-day machine.

PROS Touchscreen interface

CONS Bulky design


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