HP Debuts TouchSmart tx2 Laptop

Posted by at 11:37 pm on November 18, 2008

HP  today announced the industry’s first convertible notebook PC with multi-touch technology designed specifically for consumers. Building upon the touch innovation HP developed for its TouchSmart desktop PCs, the HP TouchSmart tx2 Notebook PC was developed for people on the go who value having their digital content at their fingertips -“ literally. The enhanced HP MediaSmart digital entertainment software suite on the tx2 allows users to more naturally select, organize and manipulate digital files such as photos, music, video and web content by simply touching the screen.

“Breezing through websites and enjoying photos or video at the tap, whisk or flick of a finger is an entirely new way to enjoy digital content on a notebook PC,” said Ted Clark, senior vice president and general manager, Notebook Global Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP. “With the introduction of the TouchSmart tx2, HP is providing users an easier, more natural way to interact with their PCs, and furthering touch innovation.”

The HP tx Series Notebook Stand elevates the tx2, enhancing its usability while stationary, including making it possible to put the PC in an upright position for full interactivity with the touch screen.

Multi-Touch Gestures:

  • SINGLE, DOUBLE TAP: Select objects by touching them once (single tap), or double tap to open objects/programs.
  • FLICK: Scroll or pan within an application either horizontally or vertically. For example,
    in MediaSmart Photo, flick your finger to the left on the display and the inertia from your flick will move the photos leftward, just as if you pushed a piece of paper to the left on a table.
  • PRESS & DRAG: Touch an object on the display and hold and drag it to the desired
    destination.
  • ARC: Allows you to move tracks to/from playlists without having to make a straight line.
  • PINCH: Touch an object on the display once to select the item then place 2 fingers on opposite corners of the object, then move them closer together to decrease the object’s size or to zoom out. Move fingers away from one another to enlarge the object or to zoom in.
  • ROTATE: Rotate photos by touching the object once to select the item then use 2 fingers on opposite corners of the image and rotate the image either clockwise or counter-clockwise.
  • LAUNCH MEDIASMART: Touch the screen with two fingers together and write the letter m on the display to launch the MediaSmart Smart Menu.

In an effort to provide consumers with rich content through the Internet, HP has expanded its partnership with MTV Networks (MTVN) by offering video content from 10 television channels and online brands within MediaSmart’s TV module.

Beginning in December, users can enjoy content from Nickelodeon, the No. 1 entertainment brand for kids; MTV, the premier destination for music and youth culture programming; and Comedy Central, the only all-comedy network and the No. 1 network in primetime for men ages 18 to 24. MTVN also plans to make content from Atom, CMT, GameTrailers, Logo, Spike, The N and VH1 available within MediaSmart’s TV module.

Beating the launch of Windows 7, the MediaSmart software was first brought to HP HDX notebook PCs in September, using the interface first popularized on HP TouchSmart PCs. HP plans to include the software in the tx2 and all future HP consumer notebook PCs.

Powered by the AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor or AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core Mobile Processor and built on WindowsVista Home Premium, the tx2 will be made available worldwide in an array of configure-to-order options.   The HP TouchSmart tx2 series is Energy Star qualified and EPEAT Silver registered. Mercury-free LED display panels are included on the tx2 as part of HP’s ongoing commitment to reduce its impact on the environment.

Specs:

  • AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core Processor QL-64 (2.0 -“ 2.4 GHz, 1MB -“ 2 MB L2 Cache)
  • Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate, Business, or Home Premium
  • 12.1-inch diagonal WXGA (1280 x 800), Integrated touch-screen, Convertible display
  • ATI Radeon HD 3200 available
  • Up to 8GB DDR2 SDRAM System Memory (2 SODIMM; 64-bit OS)
  • 160/250/320/400G/500B(8) 5400 rpm SATA
  • SuperMulti 8X DVD ±R/RW with Double Layer Support OR, LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD ±RW with Double Layer Support
  • 802.11b/g WLAN OR, 802.11b/g WLAN and Bluetooth OR, Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN OR,Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n with Bluetooth
  • Ports: 3 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 RJ-11, 1 RJ-45, 2 headphone out ( 1 with SPDIF & 1 Stereo), 1 mic, 1 expansion port 3, 1 IR, 1 digital pen, 1 ExpressCard 34 slot
  • Weight: starts at 4.33 lbs with touchscreen, digitizer, weightsaver, 4 cell battery)
  • Dimensions: 12.05 in (L) x 8.82 in (W) x 1.23 in ( min H / 1.52 in (max H) ( with 4-cell battery)
  • Battery: 4-cell (37 WHr), 6-cell (55 WHr), 8-cell (73 WHr)

Pricing and Availability
The HP TouchSmart tx2 is available for ordering today in the United States at www.hpdirect.com with a starting U.S. price of $1,149.   More information about the tx2 is available at  www.hp.com/go/touchsmarttx2.

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