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HP TouchSmart tx2

HP TouchSmart tx2
alaScore 83

251 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 251 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and value for money. The usability and performance are also appreciated, but many are critical about the battery.

screen, performance, usability, value for money, portability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP TouchSmart tx2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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HP TouchSmart tx2


We're unabashed fans of HP's Touch-Smart desktop machines, so we were really looking forward to getting our digits on the new technology in a convertible touch-screen notebook PC. But our eager anticipation only made the reality of the TouchSmart tx2...

Outstanding touch screen; excellent handwriting recognition

Heavy for an ultra portable; loud under load; poor performance; expensive

We made many allowances for the performance of HP’s touch-screen desktops, with the caveat that they shouldn’t be a Maximum PC reader’s only computer. We can’t do the same for a notebook. And while we can ignore the TouchSmart tx2’s crappy gaming...

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HP TouchSmart tx2


A slightly underpowered CPU choice gimps an otherwise decent consumer tablet PC.

Functional multi-touch display ; Smart construction

Multi-touch works, but imperfect ; sluggish CPU

As far as Tablet PCs go, the HP TouchSmart tx2 gets enough right to warrant a look. This media-friendly tablet tries to take the TouchSmart desktop experience on the road, but at this point the size of the device and the software's limitations mean its...

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HP TouchSmart tx2 - 1051xx Laptop Review


Functional multi-touch display ; Smart construction

Multi-touch works, but not perfect ; Sluggish CPU

A slightly underpowered CPU choice gimps an otherwise decent consumer tablet PC.


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HP's New Multitouch PC Craves Your Grope


HP has been tinkering with touch tech for a couple of years. But they have yet to nail the bull's eye with a machine that mixes mature hardware with a haptic

Fully baked as both a touch and tablet device. Travels well with its compact and stylish chassis. Includes quick keys for rotating screen orientation. Mini media remote and pen conveniently hide away in chassis. Altec Lansing speakers strike decent...

Bloated OS hinders performance of otherwise decent specs. Occasionally laggy switches between notebook and tablet mode. No multitouch love for the trackpad. Terrible viewing angles and weak visibility in direct sunlight. Fan sounds like a leaf-blower...

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HP TouchSmart tx2z


The first consumer laptop with a multi-touch display is reasonably powerful and sports a fresh new design, but the touch experience itself is a bit rough around the edges.

The HP TouchSmart tx2z is certainly innovative, and its brighter, more-accurate display is an improvement over the tx2500z. Plus, it offers a cool design and very good speakers. However, the multi-touch experience—which adds a t fast or responsive...

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HP TouchSmart tx2 Review


We were also sad to see there is no FireWire or HDMI port on this notebook ... two ports that many consumers find very useful

The first affordable consumer notebook with a multi-touch screen ; Great design and build quality ; Fantastic keyboard and touchpad ; Solid overall performance ; Excellent integrated graphics performance

First-generation multi-touch screen doesn't always respond as it should the first time you touch it ; Bloatware makes it difficult to use the notebook during startup ; No Firewire, eSATA, or HDMI ; Doesn't have all the same applications as HP's...

After turning on the tx2 we discovered that if we attempted to start the MediaSmart application before all the bloatware finished loading the MediaSmart application would fail to open. Not only that, but we had to restart Windows in order to get the...

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HP TouchSmart TX2z


The 12-inch widescreen is very similar to that of the tx2000z. It has a capacitive touch layer that's responsive to your fingers and a Wacom digitized layer that works only with a digitized pen (one is bundled with the unit). The multitouch...

First Windows tablet with multitouch gestures. Various hard drive choices. Highly configurable. Very good keyboard

Fan noises were unbearable. Bloated software suite. Base is uncomfortably warm. Multitouch gestures could use another driver update. Mouse buttons are poorly engineered. Too heavy for a 12-inch tablet

Between the fan noises, a heavy chassis, a bloated software suite, and the sweltering processor, it's tough to recommend the TX2z as a primary laptop, let alone a tablet.

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HP tx2z 1020US (TouchSmart)


What's hot: Great price for the features, N-trig active digitizer with capacitive multi-touch is great.

Great value for the price. The TouchSmart tx2z has the power and features of a standard notebook packed into a 12" tablet PC. The dual purpose N-trig digitizer brings us the best of both worlds: an active pen and capacitive multi-touch. Ready for...

Fan is loud when the notebook is plugged in and working moderately hard. Limited display viewing angle and some graininess

The HP TouchSmart tx2z is a great deal-- it's got serious processing power and most of the trimmings of a full sized notebook in a 12" tablet chassis. We love the multi-touch technology from N-trig and it really shines in Windows 7. Multi-touch is the...

Editor's Choice!

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HP TouchSmart tx2z


With its advanced touch screen and the slick media apps that make use of it, the HP TouchSmart tx2z makes the tablet PC not so niche.

Gesture-enabled touch screen; slick MediaSmart multimedia apps; sharp, bright screen; excellent speakers

Heavy for extended tablet use; small mouse buttons; tablet and touch screen abilities drive up price

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HP TouchSmart tx2 -


HP's latest incarnation of their tablet notebooks, the HP TouchSmart tx2 ditches the older Pavilion brand name in favor of the cooler sounding TouchSmart. But does it Touch Smartly?

Product Specifications

Put on-the-go communication, entertainment, and productivity a touch away. HP's Pavilion tx2-1020us notebook PC combines power with tablet PC features and entertainment in an attractive design that's light enough to tote virtually anywhere.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:12.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Silver


Country Kits:Latin America/United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP TouchSmart

Input Device

Type:Digital pen / Touchpad / Touch-screen / Digitizer / Keyboard/Digital pen / Keyboard / QuickPlay / Touch-screen / Touchpad/Digital pen / Keyboard / Touch-screen / Touchpad/Digitizer / Keyboard / Touch-screen / Touchpad/QuickPlay/Touchpad / Touch-screen / Digitizer / Keyboard


Manufacturer Selling Program:HP Smart Buy


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.11n (draft) / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Bluetooth / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth/802.11b/g/Bluetooth / 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage


OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium/Microsoft Windows Vista Business/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition/Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.1GHz/2.2GHz/2.3GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:RM-72/RM-74/RM-75/RM-77/ZM-82/ZM-85
Type:Turion X2 mobile processor/Turion X2 Ultra mobile technology


Installed Size:3GB/4GB
Max Supported Size:4GB/8GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB/250GB/320GB/500GB
Notebook Type:Tablet PC
Recommended Use:Home use
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader

Video Memory

Installed Size:64MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200/ATI Radeon HD 3200