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HP's Vista-powered entertainment tablet

The HP Pavilion tx1000us convertible tablet PC falls into the thin-and-light category.

HP is one of the first vendors to announce a laptop specifically built to run Windows Vista. The HP Pavilion tx1000us is what we call a convertible tablet PC, a standard-looking laptop whose screen swivels 180 degrees and folds down over the keyboard. It has a 12.1-inch screen and falls into the thin-and-light category of laptops.

The tx1000us takes advantage of several of the new tablet features in Windows Vista, including Pen Flicks (quick shortcuts you activate with a swipe of the stylus) and enhanced support for touch-sensitive screens--the kind that work with any pointing device or even your finger.

Most tablets are aimed at business users, but this one is targeted at casual consumers. HP refers to it as an entertainment notebook, and the system includes media control buttons, dual headphone jacks, and a tiny credit card-size remote control.

The basic system specs of the model we looked at were fine for everyday computing and multimedia tasks--an AMD Turion 64 X2 processor, 2GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce Go 6150 graphics card, and a 120GB hard drive.

The HP Pavilion tx1000us starts at $1,299 and is set to ship on February 28.