HP TouchSmart tx2z Tablet PC review: HP TouchSmart tx2z Tablet PC

Despite having the highest-end, dual-core AMD processor HP offers for the tx2z, the 2.4GHz AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core ZM-86, this laptop managed only average performance, on par with a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400. It's an able multitasker for all but the most CPU- or GPU-intensive activities, but we wonder if a different CPU would have helped with the sometimes laggy touch-screen response.

The TouchSmart tx2z ran for 3 hours on our video playback battery drain test, using the included extended 8-cell battery. It's a large battery that adds considerable weight and bulk to the dimensions of this otherwise ultraportable notebook, but powering a multitouch tablet screen would likely drain a smaller battery very quickly.

Included are HP's priority service and support for tx2 customers that features an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty, toll-free 24-7 phone support, and the promise of 1-hour responses to e-mail. The comprehensive support Web site includes real-time chat with a technical support representative, FAQs, and driver downloads.

Multimedia Multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP TouchSmart tx2z
858 
Acer TravelMate 6293-6889
874 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Acer TravelMate 6293-6889
204 
HP TouchSmart tx2z
214 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Acer TravelMate 6293-6889
164 
HP TouchSmart tx2z
194 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP TouchSmart tx2z
180 
Acer TravelMate 6293-6889
328 

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System configurations:

HP TouchSmart tx2z
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.4GHz AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core ZM-86; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 320MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 320; 400GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Acer TravelMate 6293-6889
Windows Vista Business Edition SP1; 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400; 2048MB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 796MB Mobile Intel 4500MHD; 250GB Hitachi 7,200rpm

Samsung X460-44P
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400; 3,072MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 9200M GS; 320GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm

Fujitsu Lifebook T1010
Windows Vista Business Edition SP1; 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 4700MHD; 80GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

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    HP TouchSmart tx2z Tablet PC

    Part Number: FR239AV Released: Feb. 15, 2009

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    Joshua Goldman is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. He has been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 2000.