I am lucky, really really lucky. I received a new laptop at work. Like many other people around, I have a long commute. Fortunately I can take the train, but even so, I am more than 3 hours a day on the road (or railroad to be precise). A notebook is mandatory.
Now, I mentioned I am lucky and the reason is that I can decide of what hardware I buy at work. So I looked around really hard and noticed that HP launched their new HP TouchSmart tm2 Convertible Tablet PC, so I bought it. I really like it, so here are the details:
HP TouchSmart tm2 is HP’s first convertible laptop for consumers featuring multitouch technology. This model also adds a stylus to use when the laptop is folded in tablet mode. It uses a 12.1″ LED display with a resolution of 1280×800. The touch-pad is fairly large and the mouse buttons are embedded in it. That means you can also navigate on the mouse buttons surface, as they are part of the touch-pad, but I find myself missing the touch feel of the real buttons.
I want to begin by mentioning that I was always fan of HP equipment. Not sure why, maybe because my first laptop was HP and I never had any problems, or maybe because the company name has only two letters. Either way, I have quite a collection of HP equipment.
So I went on HP’s web page and I started configuring. I built my machine with the 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4550 graphics and the U9600 Core 2 Duo CPU 1t 1.6ghz. A couple of weeks later, I receive it. The box was minimalistic and everything inside really tightly packaged.
The build quality of the unit itself is excellent, but I find the weight a little bit on the heavy side. I have another convertible tablet, Acer 1420P that I received at Microsoft PDC 2009 and it feels much lighter and easier to carry.
The battery life is where this HP convertible really shines. It claims a life of over 9.5 hours. In day to day tests I was able to work at least 7 hours, which I consider impressive.
As speed tests go, its Windows 7 score rates at 4.8 because of the CPU. The gaming graphics is at an impressive 6.1 considering the size of the unit. To conserve the battery life, the tablet will switch between two graphic modes, so I’ll assume if you play games, the battery life will be quite shorter.
HP started a while ago to customize their touch computers with their own TouchSmart software, and they included NetFlix and Hulu clients and some other touch optimized applications.
Follow this link for a complete list of embedded applications.
In conclusion, I really like theHP TouchSmart tm2 convertible tablet. A little on the heavy side, but fast and with a great battery life. As most hardware that fully supports Windows 7, it wakes up from sleep in less than 2 seconds and re-connects to the wireless networks really fast. I customized it with 256×256 icons and with Google Chrome browser installed and chromeTouch extension installed, I have a very iPhone-esque experience. Also, with a little bit of effort, I was able to install the Microsoft Reader, the version optimized for Origami.