The Good Dual-mode tablet display; fun-looking design; decent port assortment for a 12-inch laptop.
The Bad Mediocre battery life; unimpressive performance; touch-screen response lags.
The Bottom Line The HP TouchSmart tx2z Tablet PC has the features, functions, and price to convert consumer laptop users to tablet users. We just wish it could live a little longer away from an outlet.
HP TouchSmart tx2z Tablet PC
The HP TouchSmart tx2z stands alone as a rare example of a consumer-focused convertible tablet PC. We're not sure if this is because non-business-related laptop users don't see the value of a touch-screen tablet, but hopefully they'll catch on soon.
The tx2z is an evolution of HP's previous tx1000 and tx2000 models (from 2007 and 2008, respectively), adding the TouchSmart moniker and going beyond the digital pen and single-finger input by adding multitouch commands.
By way of comparison, Dell's Latitude XT2 tablet is designed for commercial use and carries a starting price of $2,399--more than twice the tx2z's entry price.
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