"The Best PC So Far"on by robbaaay
Pros Sexy, Lightweight, Fast, Runs Vista Flawlessly, Lots of Features, Versatile
Cons See Below for Cons
Summary I am writing this from my tx1000 right now and it works perfectly. It is faster than my desktop. Everything is a pro about this computer, so I'm going to list the cons.
-Mostly Plastic (idc but some people do)
-gets very hot (but I got the fastest processor)
-Arrow keys have different layout, takes some getting used to
-takes a while to start up and shut down
-handwriting doesn't always work, but does most of the time
-have to apply constant presure to write
and thats all that i can find wrong with the computer. everything else is great. vista is a great operating system and it is so much easier than xp.
"EXPECTATIONS"on by bsb4303
Pros Flexable CONVERTABLE Touch Screen, Remote bay w/remote, Webcam 1.3MP, Omni direction dual microphone, stylus bay, media card reader, Vista Home Premium, onscreen keyboard
Cons the letters "H" "P" still dont roll off the toungue that well when put together.
Summary Been a Dell user for many years now, ive always detested HP. Dell's recent inability to effectively choose hardware not only capable of supporting Vista, but also paired with full proof working drivers for that hardware as well. Finally NVidia updated the drivers and all is well in VIsta world, i decided to go for a laptop. I know from using my T-Mobile Wing that a touch versus click is the way to go when mobile. I know from product samples at best buy i would perfer a smaller size. Laptop bags are ugly and make you look old, i want one to fit in my messenger bags for sure. Since home use (gaming, media) is complete with a more than capable desktop present i decided that productivity and file management would be primary uses for the laptop and the hardware is definately plenty for that. The handwriting bit i guess is neat but kind of a backwards approach to me. However! Touch of a screen replacing a click and an on screen keyboard is great stuff for surfing web and navigating software. I find using any device within the limits of the hardware will always give you best experiences. It seems a lot of people saw the price tag and ASSumed it to be superloaded mamaload of machine. Sorry to dissapoint you macho few, but touchscreen convertable function still makes up for a good chunk of the cost. Notice is a Convertable laptop; NOT A TABLET PC.
Know what your getting before you purchase. If you have certain expectations out of your new maching, shop for hardware that will meet those expectations. Great Device but dont let the bling fool you; it's not always the one for you.
If you are new to touch screen and are not big on handwriting, the touch screen should live up. If you want to scribble a three page article; pass on it.
IF you want to dispaly full colors and enjoy online media and photos, GO FOR IT.
If you want hardcore gaming, reconsider.
If you are considerably responsible with techy equiptment, GO FOR IT. If you have had a history of device accidents (like with cell phones) reconsider.
Most negative revies on this machine have been directly related to the poor technical or repair support from HP on the occasional mishaps. Though thats really got to suck, i know i love mine, support sucks everywhere these days. BIG SUPRISE THERE.
If drivers start screwing with you check your recent installations for software conflicts. And for god sakes, take whatever bloated software you dont like off before using it so it doesnt effect your review. All manufactures put default crapola on machines. Thats been true in computing for a long time.
Meeting all expectations i can resonably have based on the hardware specifications of customized build I rate this nice guy a 9 according to CNETS rating wizard.
Pros Light weight, good clear display , fast processor
Cons Quality control at HP not great. Display missing pixel and panel surrounding keyboard squeaks
Summary All in all a lot of notebook computer for the money. I wish it had a regular PCMCIA slot to fit some of my accessories. The notebook arrived with a pixel missing on the LCD screen and the panel where you rest you right hand to use the mouse pad squeaks when you rest your hand to use the mouse pad. HP will only repair the device not replace it. This appears to be poor quality control on HP's part. I should not have to go without a computer for a week or more while they repair something that should have never left the factory like this.
Pros Excellent price for fetures provided
Cons Battery drains extremely fast, Many programs still don;t run on Vista
Summary Excellent features for the price: tablet PC features, buit-in webcam, digital SPDIF audio out, S-video & VGA out, small remote, media card reader, fingerprint reader, etc.
However, the battery drains very fast. I have a 6-cell Li-ion battery and it is down to 10% within 90 minutes of normal usage (websurfing and microsoft office use with bluetooth diasbled). I don't know how long it will last with high end computing, probably less than 1 hr.
Vista has many problems. Lot of programs are still not Vista compatible and I frequently find myself going back to my laptp or desktop with Windows XP.Updated
Just talked with HP case manager. He bluntly told me that the battery is supposed to last 90 minutes with regular usage. If that's the case (& it certainly is with my notebook with 6 cell battery), it is worthless as a laptop.
The guy had the cheek to say its clearly mentioned in the specifications (which I still cannot find anywhere).
And his answer to my issue about the laptop & AC adapter getting hot is that since I keep it plugged in all the time. Now if the battery lasts 90 minutes, how can HP expect me to not keep it plugged in most of the time? The guy also had the nerve to advise me not that there is no need to touch the adapter, how does he expect me to move from one place to another without unplugging & moving the adapter? I don't think I am ever going to buy an HP computer again.
Updated on Jan 7, 2009There is a wifi issue with many HP tx models including this. HP apparently doesn't agree and will do nothing about. There are multiple forums on the net detailing this and some other issues. I ended up using a US network adaptor instead of the built in one. so will further downgrade my rating for this laptop.
Pros light, very portable, relatively inexpensive, loads quickly, friendly tech support
Cons tablet not useful, video playback not great, often freezes
Summary I almost never write reviews, and I have generally had good experience with HP in the past (2 printers and a desktop computer), but I have had quite a few issues with the tx1000z. I bought this tablet PC when it first came out, and it has never really worked well despite much time spent with (very friendly but ultimately unsuccessful) tech support.
1. Video playback - This is the main issue. Video playback from the hard drive has not been very good, even with software that comes with the system (windows media and some HP software). Video playback from websites (tried on various connections) also is not very good. Quicktime/iTunes video doesn't work at all with the internal hard drive, and after a few seconds to minutes of choppy video, one often gets the blue screen of death. For a PC that is advertised as an entertainment PC I feel this is a pretty big flaw. I have re-downloaded drivers, reloaded everything, erased the hard drive and re-installed everything, spent time with apple tech support (which has now run out since my iPod is out of warranty), and have scanned the internet discussion boards for a solution. It still doesn't work from the internal hard drive. One solution is to use an external hard drive and play video from there or the optical drive which does work. Unfortunately, that solution cuts down on the portability of the system (which is one reason to buy a lightweight notebook/tablet). I have done a lot of research thinking that I may have had a defective unit, and this is actually a common problem. The links to discussion boards are below. To be fair it is not an isolated problem to the tx1000z, and has happened with many early vista machines. In discussion boards (and no doubt in reply to this review) some have stated that it is not HP or Microsoft's responsibility to ensure that an Apple program (iTunes) works on their computer, and to some degree I do agree, but iTunes is a pretty ubiquitous program that works on most systems (and on my old HP computer) and given it is an entertainment PC you would think that a fairly common entertainment program would work.
2. Tablet function - the tablet function is pretty worthless. You have to press very hard and the tablet software really has a hard time putting words together. It often anticipates words, and then the auto complete gets them wrong, which is hard to correct. There has been much debate about this on CNET reviews stating that "you get what you pay for." I think you should get what is advertised. This is advertised as a tablet PC, but the tablet function (for taking notes and writing) is largely unusable. I think that is a worthy critique that potential buyers should be aware of. The tx1000 does come in a non-tablet form that is slightly less expensive, which would be a much better buy, and people will not have the expectation that they will be able to easily enter data via the stylus.
3. System Stability - there have been more than the usual amount of "blue screen of death" crashes. The system does recover well and I have not lost any data. Much of this is in relation to video drivers, but rarely it will occur with other programs.
4. Other minor problems: standby mode drains the battery very quickly (it's best to turn it off), the screen is dim to save power, but can be hard to see in moderately lighted rooms. The Wi-Fi can be a little buggy. After connecting to paid Wi-Fi spots (like T-mobile hot spots-which when traveling I sometimes have to use) It sometimes cannot find the page that is supposed to come up so you can pay for the service. This also happens in the hospital were I work (you have to type in a password to use Wi-Fi)- this can be fixed by saving the pages you need to your favorites, but it's annoying.
Despite these problems, and about a month of frustration coming to terms with it's limitations, there are some good things about the Tx1000.
1. It is very light. The other computers in it's weight range were versions of the Sony Vaio, which were nearly twice as expensive, and some have a very small keyboard. I use it in my medical practice when I take notes in conferences (Not with the tablet function) and it is easy to carry when traveling.
2. It loads quickly so I don't have to wait long to look up information or browse the internet.
3. Battery life is OK.
4. the swiveling screen is neat (although I don't use it very much).
5. HP tech support is very friendly and at least try to be helpful.
6. Photoshop works very well on this computer. I do some medical illustration and I really have been impressed with how well Photoshop works with the tx1000. (the tablet function also is not great for illustration however).
In summary, I think if you are looking for a lightweight computer just to do word processing, image editing or illustration with wireless internet, without tablet function you probably could find a less expensive alternative to the tx1000z, and the alternative device might be able to play video from iTunes/Quicktime. Hopefully the tx2000 fixes some of these problems.
I hope that this spares at least a few people some frustration. It really isn't a bad computer for a lot of functions, but it also doesn't really deliver what is advertised.