Pros Excellent price for a tablet; very portable, host of extra features
Cons Imperfect tablet function, short battery life
Summary At a starting price of $1300, ($1700 for the one reviewed on CNET.com), this really is the best price you will get for a brand new tablet PC. For someone who is looking for a very portable, small, lightweight machine, this will work perfectly as a laptop. It's got all the entertainment functions you will need- high quality speakers, (relatively) high resolution, wide screen, digital audio output, built in dvd player and even a remote control. The two earphone outputs and screen rotation makes it airplane-friendly. (No awkward screen angle because the person in front of you pushed back their seat!)
Using the AMD instead of Intel processor seems to do the job- this system performed better than the intel-based Toshiba Protege R400, which is $1000 more. HP has also put in a fingerprint reader, so it is still on par with the toshiba notebook in this respect.
What will really determine the success of this computer is if the touchscreen is usable. A usual tablet panel senses where the pen is, even when its not pressed down. This makes writing more natural. But the HP machine only responds to pressure on the screen. On the plus side, that means you aren't forced to use a proprietary touchpanel pen that you may lose. But the tablet functions suffer. To be honest, I have not used the tablet function, so I can't say how good it is. All I can say is that, no matter where you are thinking about buying this notebook from, make sure you go to a store and try it out first. You may find out that the touch panel is too difficult to use.
But ignore the tablet function, this laptop still packs an impressive punch with all its extra features and decent price. It's basically a great entertainment pc with adequate tablet functionality.Updated
The TX1000 is now available for purchase, and one should note that the $1200 base price does not include fingerprint reader, webcam, or touchscreen. To customize it to a more complete tablet pc experience, it will end up costing you $1800+.
But on that note, the notebook offered on HP's website is still incomplete! After having spoke with an HP representative, they will be adding wireless n to the notebook in the "near future". They also said the same for intel processors, rather than AMD (if you swing that way)- coming in the "near future". So if it were me, I would wait before you buy this laptop. If not for the intel processor, than for the wireless n.
Pros Features and performance best for the money (details below)
Cons Black plastic shell; runs hot
Summary I've owned many of the "ultraportables" over the years, beginning in 1986(?) with the Toshiba 1000, through my TX1120's predecessor, the ThinkPad X40. For the money, this is the best one yet. If you are a PDA veteran (particularly earlier Palm III's) the touch sensitive screen is easy to get used to - not as responsive as a Wacom, but no fears of losing the stylus - PLUS - when you just want to open, read, watch, listen, etc while in tablet mode (e.g. - when that 800 lb gorilla in the seat in front of you cranks it all the way back before the plane's wheels leave the ground and even the X40 screen gets crunched down over the keyboard) this unit in tablet mode is perfect. No need to fiddle with a stylus while you read email and control WM11 with your finger tip. I wouldn't want to write the great American novel on the screen, but short items are OK. Reading in portrait mode is a joy (full page view is very good)
PROS: for $1675 out the door (HP site) you get the touchscreen, 2ghz AMD 64 X2, 2gb ram, 160 GB hdd, lightscribe DVDRW, webcam, fingerprint ID, 802.11n, bluetooth and DVD restore media. Try to match that in a Dell, Sony, or Lenovo of any kind.
CONS: I hate the black plastic cover fingerprint magnet. Tends to look dirty all the time. A little heavier and thicker than the micro champs from Dell, Sony and Lenovo, and no Core 2 Duo available yet. Not a true tablet for delivery and inventory gurus. Tends to run hot at full speed (be sure to set processor frequency minimum to 5%).
Pros Creature comforts: compact, builtin webcam, DVD-R, fingerprint, graphics card, lots of RAM
Cons Absolutely useless as a tablet. Screen size/resolution awkward. Bad keyboard layout.
Summary I needed a Tablet PC for taking notes during meetings/seminars. Bought this computer because of the impressive options avaiable at a low price. Certain sacrifices were made (low screen resolution, non-Wacom tablet) at the expense of 2 GB RAM, nice CPU, integrated webcam, speakers, fingerprint reader, microphone, lighscribe DVD-R, etc etc etc.
The machine ran nicely at first. A fair amount of preinstalled bloatware was removed, got about 3+ hours on the 6-cell battery. Aero ran as smoothly as could be expected. MS Office 07 was a bit awkward because the large graphical menus took up a huge chunk of real estate vertical, leaving little room for documents. Outlook ran nicely in the widescreen though, lots of room to see all important e-mail/calendar/task information at once. This machine could certainly benefit from better resolution to be more appropriate for serious users.
On the whole these are minor quibbles. The real trouble in paradise is the absolutely inept design for use as a tablet. The screen is extremely insensitive to pen-based input, so you have to really press down hard to get your pen strokes recognized. Pieces of letters often get missed, and you have to write really slowly and press down really hard - not very useful during a meeting. Trying to write a scientific document was a nightmare, a realization that came after 3 hours and only 1/4 page completed. I attempted to re-calibrate, train the system on my handwriting, and search hp.com and the web in general for updates/drivers that might help. Finally, I called HP and was given the run-around - transferred between case workers and salespeople with no technical experience. I was put on hold for 30min at a time. Finally, a case worker promised that a tech would call me back - surprise surprise I'm still waiting for that call.
Today I got my RMA number and tomorrow I'm getting this trainwreck out of my life. I've had enough of the HP experience. In fact, HP should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this disaster to be put on the market in the first place. If you actually want to use this machine as a tablet, avoid the tx1000 at all costs!
Pros Affordable, fast, feature-filled, and stylish
Cons They say the tablet experience -- but it only needs practice (and legible handwriting)
Summary Many complain about the TX1000's touchscreen feature because it is less responsive than a Wacom-equipped tablet. You see, that's the point. It's NOT a Wacom tablet! The upside to a touchscreen is you wouldn't have to worry about losing your stylus -- you can use your finger or any slightly pointy object and you're not stuck to not being able to use the tablet feature in class if you find yourself without a stylus. Some complain that the responsiveness of the touch screen is miserable. I did not find difficulty using it. My handwriting is easy to read, so I guess the computer does not have trouble interpreting it easily. Plus, it takes practice -- people start complaining about the feature when they've only gotten the tablet for a week or so. Practice, people!
The built-in camera, microphone, fingerprint reader, 5-in-1 memory card reader, the fabulous altec lansing speakers, the powerful processor and RAM, quickplay buttons, and the remote control are just beautiful additions to this powerhouse media laptop. HP did not promote this to be a business person's typical tablet, this is targeted towards the more common PC users who want something new out of their computer. College students who might need to scribble formulas once in a while. It's not designed for business people, because in the first place, there are much pricey tablets out there for you. This one is for the college individual who's making ends meet and is looking for an affordable, innovative new laptop packed with features (especially in the multimedia aspect). This tablet deserves a higher rating!
Pros Very portable, fast, small screen
Cons problems with the screen, speakers aren't great
Summary Considering this is supposed to be an "Entertainment PC", it's got crappy speakers and the screen is impossible to see in natural light. Also, the fact that you have no choice but to be stuck with Vista is terrible. I've had countless problems with this OS (things that affect the performance of the PC, the touch screen randomly stops working).
I hate to complain too much because I do like the thing, it's just that I bought it when it was only available at HP online and it cost be $1300 for something that is now in stores for $900.
I bought this as a replacement for a Compaq Presario V2030us because it wasn't working right and I kind of wish I would've either gotten that fixed or bought a Mac. The computer (and for that matter, life in general) would be much better without Microsoft.Updated
Well, maybe that's a slight exaggeration ... had my original copy of Vista (I was quite disappointed I didn't have the choice of getting XP - I think I'll go with Dell or something next time) functioned correctly or I had gotten a real recovery CD instead of having to make my own (it was $20 extra to get one for a $1200 computer), maybe the second install would've worked. The touch screen randomly stops working, the computer has had times when it has taken 2 hours to start up when there are no known issues according to HP and everything I looked at.
The bigger problem (and pardon the caps): HP HAS THE WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED. The most recent issues I've been having (the battery will now only charge to 32%) were escalated to the "case manager" level and I was supposed to hear back from them within 24 to 72 hours ... a month later, I got an e-mail from said case manager that only asked for information about my computer problems.
I had to buy from the HP store because I couldn't find anyone else who carried it and I will definitely never do that again.
In theory, it's a great computer - the tablet is functional (most of the time), the screen is clear (except in sunlight - then it's impossible to see), and it's extremely small (which is hard to find now - it seems everyone wants huge screens).