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HP Touchsmart TM2T--good enough for my only computer?

by mmagoo6 / September 28, 2010 8:01 AM PDT

Hi All,

I'm a student with no particularly strong demands on my computer. I currently have a Sony Vaio laptop that is 4 years old and terribly slow, so I was looking to upgrade.

As an aside, I've been tempted by the ipad, but cant justify buying a gadget that's quite that expensive that is less useful than a notebook.

After some research, I think I like the HP touchSmart tm2t, but I'm not convinced that it's really powerful enough to work as my primary computer. Does anyone have an opinion on this?

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Just one comment.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 28, 2010 9:10 AM PDT

Touch screen machines are usually sold to those that think they are going to work well (touch screen wise.) But Windows' standard WIMP (Windows Icon Mouse Pointer) interface doesn't lend itself to a great touch experience. Witness the iPad interface and use for proof.

Are you sure you need touch on a laptop?
Bob

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appreciate the response
by mmagoo6 / September 28, 2010 9:23 AM PDT
In reply to: Just one comment.

Thank you for your comment. I've seen some people say that the touch screen isn't as bad as people say it is (including this youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBtEhQqS1dw).

I definitely need something more substantive than the ipad (or if that's the wrong word then: I need to create rather than just consume on this), I was hoping that this would be a nice middle ground. I understand your caution though.

Would I be right in thinking that you think it's a difficult enough interface that it's not worth getting the windows with touch at all?)

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My thought here is
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 29, 2010 12:19 AM PDT

That many have high expectations of touch screens and some feel they over paid for a feature.

Back to the unit.

The DVDRW drive is an issue for many. When there is none you can't reload the OS in many situations. This is an area that has many upset even though they were warned that eventually they would need the external USB DVDRW drive and restore media.

Be sure to talk to the seller, salesperson and don't let them off the hook about DISK TO DISK RESTORE since that does fail and we need a way to reload the system.
Bob

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HP
by IsabellaJ_WinTeam / September 28, 2010 9:14 AM PDT

Hi there,

After looking at the specs of the HP, it seems that they are going to be adequate for a student with minimal demands (no gaming or video editing). However, it does have a pretty small screen (which makes it more portable, but it might not be as comfortable to look at for long periods of time). It also doesn't have an internal optical drive, so you would have to purchase one and plug it in. If cost is a concern, you might want to check out a laptop such as the Dell Studio 15. It has slightly better specs than the HP and it costs less ($649).

Cheers,
Isabella
MSFT Windows Outreach Team

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noob question
by mmagoo6 / September 28, 2010 9:25 AM PDT
In reply to: HP

Thanks for the response. What is an optical drive needed for?

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You're On The Right Track!
by unlimitedcomputers / September 28, 2010 5:40 PM PDT
In reply to: noob question

Even considering buying a HP Touchsmart TM2T tablet lsaptop really puts you on the very right track. Now what will definitely put you right smack on the right ordeal is if and when you absolutely purchase the TM2T. I bought my TM2T back in may of this year, 2010 and I have used it evry single day. it is super quiet, cool and smooth running, and always stays connected. But the Best thing about this marvelous machine is that it comers encased ina metallic casing, which makes it even way more durable than the competition, with their cheap, flimsy, plastic!

I have a Core 2 Duo processor and 8GB DDR3 RAM, but at firsy I only had the 4GB inside it, along with the Intel integrated graphics. Surprisingly though, even with the more of a base model, playing the high end games for me ran smoothly. I am no gamer in the least, but I always like to at least try the games, just to test my computer. But anyway, I am sure that with the ATI dedicated switchable graphics, a person will be able to do Abything they set their minds to do on it. I absolutely love my HP Touchsmart TM2T so very much that I am planning to get another one, and my second one is going to have either Core I3 or I5 procesor and the ATI switchable graphics, along with the full 8 gig memory. Once I get this I, too, will have even another awesome computing machine. Now,a s far as optical drives go, which are the same as DVD and CD drives, no, the TM2T does not come with one, but I bought myself a super fine HP 556 ultra slim USB external DVD burner, and wow!!! this external burner is awesome, sharp, and with a crystal clear video performance! I have several laptops that already have internal DVD drives buit into them, and I rarely even every use them. So, you would be just fine if you got the TM2T and then got an external DVD burner. Anyway, by all means, you should buy the HP Touchsmart TM2T. You will not regret it if you do. For what you could configure the HP TM2T for as far as price, if you were to go and configure Dell's essentially overpriced XT2 with that same configuration, you'd be paying Dell a whopping $3000 at least, whereas you can get the lovely HP TM2T for just over $1000, and even less with all the HP coupons and discounts that are floating around! And so, now I ask you, which is the better buy for you? Hint: It doesn't take a genius or national scholar to figure out the better buy here! Thanks for reading!

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optical drive
by IsabellaJ_WinTeam / September 29, 2010 2:52 AM PDT
In reply to: noob question

Hi there,

As is described below, and optical drive is valuable for playing CDs and DVDs, or recording onto CDs and DVDs.

Do you think this might be an important feature that you want?

Cheers,
Isabella
MSFT Windows Outreach Team

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