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HP Pavilion tx2050ea: The entertainment Tablet returns

Hewlett and friend is still flogging its tablety wares like there's no tomorrow. Come and have at look at the latest Pavilion tx2000 series

Never let it be said that HP is a company of quitters. While the rest of the world has all but given up on Tablet PCs -- or never bothered in the first place -- Hewlett and Co is still flogging its tabletty wares like there's no tomorrow. Its latest offering is the Pavilion tx2000 series, a follow up to the Pavilion tx1000.

We got a new tx2050ea model to play with a few days ago and it's not all that different to the old TX1020ea we reviewed last year. Okay, so it has a new Imprint Finish -- squiggly pattern -- on the lid and wrist pad. The keyboard is silver instead of black. Aside from that, it's all eerily familiar.

It still packs a 12.1-inch, 1,280x800-pixel display that can swivel 180 degrees and lie flat against the keyboard. It still comes in very handy on economy-class flights as you can keep working even if some fat, inconsiderate schmuck decides to put his chair all the way back. The only drawback is that the screen still has way too many buttons -- or things that look like they're buttons -- littering the display.

As with all convertible Tablets, the tx2000 series is extremely heavy. Our tx2050ea weighs 2.3kg, which is 1.5kg more than the 12-inch Toshiba Portege R500. Part of this weight can be attributed to the absolutely ginormous battery pack, which juts out by a mile. Thankfully, smaller batteries are available.

That aside, the tx2000 series is great value for money. It uses an AMD TL-60 2.0GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, an Nvidia GeForce Go 6150 graphics adaptor, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Vista Home Premium -- all for a very reasonable £699.

Would we buy one? Find out in our full review in the next few days. -Rory Reid