|HP Pavilion TX2110US 12.1-inch Laptop (AMD Turion 64 X 2 Dual Core TL-62 Processor, 3 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, DVD Drive, Vista Premium)
|List Price: $1375.00
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For those whose active lives require constant access to high-performance, easy-to-use computing and communication tools, the HP Pavilion TX2110US Entertainment Notebook PC provides the ideal convergence of these features with exceptional entertainment options. And it's light enough to take everywhere! Its 12.1" screen twists 180¡ã for presentations and DVD playback - and folds flat to enable the convenience of capturing hand-written notes and drawings. Staying in touch has never been easier with the integrated HP Webcam. With AMD Turion 64 dual core mobile technology and the same viewable screen content as a 15.4" system, the TX2110US provides all the power and performance of a mainstream notebook PC without the additional weight. Interact directly with your system using your finger or stylus. Erasing notes on your screen is just like using a pencil: flip the pen over and erase! Use Windows Journal to take notes as you would on notebook paper. The tx2000 can convert handwriting into typed text. 12.1 diagonal WXGA (1280 x 800) BrightView Widescreen Touch-screen display, Panel rotates 180 degrees and folds flat NVidia Geforce Go 6150 (UMA) with up to 527MB Shared Graphics Memory Built-in Webcam and Microphone LightScribe Super Multi 8 x DVD+-R/RW Drive with Double Layer 802.11A/B/G/N Wireless 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Bluetooth Fingerprint reader 5-in-1 Bridge Media Adapter - MMC, SD, MS, MS Pro, xD ExpressCard 34 Slot 3 x USB 2.0, Headphone out; Microphone-in, VGA, TV-Out (S-Video), SPDIF Digital Audio, RJ-11 (Modem), RJ-45 Approximate Unit Dimensions - 8.82 (L) x 12.05 (W) x 1.52 (H) Approximate Unit Weight - 4.53lbs
For multimedia mavens on the go, the HP Pavilion tx2110us tablet PC is light enough to take anywhere and is a great resource for showing presentations thanks to its 180-degree swiveling 12.1-inch touchscreen display--which folds flat to enable the convenience of capturing hand-written notes and drawings. Weighing just 4.5 pounds, the tx2110us delivers the same screen resolution and performance as a 15.4-inch notebook, but weighs over 2 pounds less. It features an HP-exclusive Echo pattern that was inspired by the rings forming a digital fabric that mimics our lives. Encouraging direct interaction, the backlit media control panel responds to the touch or sweep of a finger.
Protect your system and online accounts with your unique fingerprint for advanced security and peace of mind. The integrated 1.3-megapixel WebCam (and integrated microphone) provides easy video conferencing via VoIP and video IM chats. And control content from up to 10 feet away with the HP Mobile Remote Control that can be stored in the ExpressCard slot for convenience.
Optimized for mobile performance, it's powered by the 2.1 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 dual-core processor, which offers 64-bit computing capability and higher throughput for simultaneous computing tasks. Other features include a 250 GB hard drive, 3 GB of installed RAM (4 GB maximum), quad-mode Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth connectivity, multi-format/dual-layer LightScribe DVD+/-RW drive (which also burns CDs), ExpressCard slot, NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150 video/graphics card with 527 MB of shared video RAM, and Gigabit Ethernet.
It comes preinstalled with Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (Service Pack 1), which includes all of the Windows Media Center capabilities for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center. In addition to easily playing your DVD movies and managing your digital audio library, you'll be able to record and watch your favorite TV shows (even HDTV). Vista also integrates new search tools throughout the operating system, includes new parental control features, and offers new tools that can warn you of impending hardware failures.
Screen, Video & Audio
- Processor: The 2.1 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 processor offers a dual-core architecture, which delivers additional computing resources to help expand your PCa€?s capabilities by providing higher throughput and simultaneous computing--increasing your performance by up to 80 percent. You'll be able to perform multiple tasks such as digital rendering and gaming all while running virus scan or other background tasks seamlessly thanks to the innovative Direct Connect Architecture. And it's designed to handle simultaneous 32- and 64-bit computing with no degradation in performance. You'll enjoy long battery life thanks to the AMD PowerNow! power management technology, which delivers performance on demand and can extend system battery life up to 65 percent. And the AMD Digital Media XPress technology delivers stellar multimedia performance and playback on digital entertainment such as games, streaming video and audio, DVDs, and music.
Each processing core has a 512 KB L2 cache (for a 1 MB total), and this processor can deliver up to a 1600 MHz system bus for lightning quick computing reflexes. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance. The FSB carries data between the CPU and RAM, and a faster front-side bus will deliver better overall performance.)
- Hard Drive: The extra-large 250 GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 RPM) provides more than enough capacity for storing a large audio and video library, as well as extra space required for video editing. This SATA hard drive also quickens the pace with a higher speed transfer of data--akin to Firewire and USB 2.0.
- Memory: The 3 GB of installed RAM (PC5300, 1 x 2 GB, 2 x 1 GB) helps boost the amount of available video RAM that's shared with this notebook's video card. It also offers a top-of-class 667 MHz speed. This notebook has a 4 GB maximum RAM capacity (2 x 2 GB). To receive the faster data transfer benefits of the dual-channel DDR2 RAM, any RAM additions require memory modules of same capacity and clockspeed.
- DVD/CD Drive: This multiformat DVD/CD drive is compatible with writing both DVD+ and DVD- disc formats as well as dual-layer (DL) DVD+/-R discs, which can store up to 8.5 GB of data. It features 4x DVD-R DL Write Once, 2.4x DVD+R DL Write Once, 8x DVD+R, 4x DVD+RW, 8x DVD-R, 4x DVD-RW, 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CD-R, 24x CD-RW, and 40x CD-ROM speeds.
This LightScribe DVD¡ÀRW drive lets you laser-etch silkscreen quality text and images on to CDs and DVDs . Your software, PC and discs work together for a no-hassle way to burn just the labels you want. After you burn content, just flip the disc over, reinsert and burn your label--anything from a simple title to a full-disc work of art.
- Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a 101-key keyboard and a touchpad with on/off button and dedicated vertical/horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad. It also includes two quick-launch buttons (HP QuickPlay Music and DVD).
- Integrated Fingerprint Reader: A fingerprint reader offers advanced security by using fingerprints instead of standard passwords to access online accounts, such as banks and e-mail. To set up access, each fingerprint is associated with a password through Verisoft Access Manager. Verisoft Single Sign On (SSO) stores user names and passwords to an unlimited number of sites and automatically enters logon credentials. If more than one person uses the notebook PC, each can use a fingerprint to logon to a computer user account and access preset preferences and files.
The 12.1-inch touchscreen-enabled WXGA high-definition LCD can swivel 180 degrees, providing optimal angles for viewing DVD movies and business presentations, and it folds flat for working in tight travel spaces such as airplanes or trains. It has a 1280 x 800-pixel resolution. Video is powered by the integrated Nvidia GeForce Go 6150 graphics/video card, which provides up to 527 MB of video memory shared with the system memory. It features NVidia's PureVideo technology--which provides great picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for video content--and full support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0 for stunningly realistic cinematic effects for all DirectX-compatible applications.
The Altec Lansing speakers provide exceptional sound, and a pair of stereo earbud headphones with volume controls is included. You'll be able to privately share enjoyment of multimedia with a friend via the dual headphone jacks. One of the headphone jacks is also compatible with SPDIF digital audio output for home theater surround sound.
Networking, Connectivity & Expansion
Be ready for the next platform in wireless connectivity with this notebook's integrated quad-mode Wi-Fi chip. Based on the draft 802.11n Wi-Fi specification, it offers up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range as existing 802.11g wireless. It's also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks (commonly found in home routers and Wi-Fi hotspots) as well as 802.11a networks (which has a higher throughput, but more limited range--great for closed office environments). You also get super-fast wired connectivity, with a Gigabit Ethernet port (10/100/1000).
With the Bluetooth connectivity, you can communicate and synchronize with Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as PDAs and cell phones. This notebook includes a next-generation ExpressCard 34 card slot (replacing the PCMCIA slot), which lets you take advantage of thinner, faster, and lighter expansion cards for even more advanced wireless, networking, storage, and security features. You get a good offering of connectivity options:
- 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
- Analog video out: 1 VGA monitor port and 1 S-Video port for connecting to a TV or projector
- 1 ExpressCard 34
- 1 headphone jack (with S/PDIF digital audio compatibility) and 1 microphone jack
- 1 notebook expansion port 3 (for use with the HP xb3000 Expansion Base or the HP Notebook QuickDock)
- 2 consumer IR (infrared)--1 on notebook, 1 on LCD panel
- 5-in-1 memory card reader (Secure Digital, MultiMedia, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, xD Picture Card)
- Gigabit Ethernet port for 10/100/1000 networking
- Integrated 56K modem (V.90)
Windows Vista Home Premium is the operating system for users with advanced computer needs, and it includes all of the Windows Media Center capabilities for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center for watching DVD movies and accessing your digital audio library. You can also use Windows Media Center to record and watch your favorite TV shows (even HDTV) and to access new kinds of online entertainment content. Computers that include Windows Vista Home Premium and an auxiliary Windows SideShow display will also allow you to access key data even when your computer is off. It is also easier than ever to share files between other PCs in your household and to manage your laptop computer settings to more securely connect via Wi-Fi.
Every edition of Windows Vista provides the essential tools and technologies to help protect you whether you are browsing the Internet, connecting to a wireless network, or just reading e-mail. All editions of Windows Vista include new tools that can warn you of impending hardware failures long before you have lost any important personal data. And, all Windows Vista editions include parental control features that allow you to manage and monitor your family's use of games, the Internet, instant messaging, and other activities.
Includes Microsoft Works, Microsoft Office 2007 Student and Teacher Edition (60-day trial), Muvee Autoproducer, Cyberlink DVD Suite, PC Recovery, HP PhotoSmart Essentials, and Symantec Norton Internet Security 2008 (with 60 days of Live Update).
Dimensions & Weight
This notebook measure 8.82 x 12.05 x 1.52 inches and weigh 4.53 pounds.
This notebook is powered by a 6-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which offers between 2 and 3 hours of battery life (dependent upon computing conditions).
What's in the Box
This package contains the HP Pavilion tx2110us tablet PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, IR remote control, earphones, and operating instructions. It is backed by a limited warranty for parts and labor for one year from date of purchase as well as technical telephone assistance for one year. Software is also covered for 30 days from date of purchase.
- Lightweight tablet PC with 180-degree swiveling, touchscreen-enabled 12.1-inch LCD and integrated 1.3-megapixel WebCam
- 64-bit 2.1 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 dual-core processor, 250 GB hard drive, 3 GB RAM (3 GB max), LightScribe dual-layer DVD drive
- Quad-band Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); Bluetooth; Gigabit Ethernet; Nvidia GeForce Go 6150 graphics (up to 527 MB of available memory)
- Connectivity: 3 USB, 1 FireWire, 1 VGA, 1 ExpressCard 34, 1 headphone, 2 microphone, 1 S/PDIF out, 5-in-1 memory card reader
- Pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium (Service Pack 1); includes remote control
- Complete Failure
What a horrible failure, if this was a human, it would be a bum on the streets for not working
- it overheats excessively, will literally burn your lap
- expect blue screen of death 2-5 times per week
- EXTREMELY SLOW
- Touch Screen inaccurate
- it looks good on paper but acts as if its got half the performance it claims
- Windows Media Center cant be handled and crashes
- its quite loud
- Fingerprint reader needs to read 4 times to understand who you are...
- graphics card is horrible, but as is all on laptops
a bum on the streets if it were human - for not working....more info
- Upgrade to XP!!
Screen is not that great, Vista is worse than terrible. I went through the long process of finding the needed drivers and "Upgraded" to XP. Not a bad PC for the money though. Works much better now with XP. I run several control applications that will not work with vista. HP & MS were no help at all. Other than the screen and the OS, not too bad if you have the time & OS to put into it!...more info
- Love it
I personally love this computer. It's small and light enough to be carried around well, especially if you're a college student walking around campus. Most other comments have been covered, but the other reviews were right--it does get warm. I usually sit with a book under it on my lap. My boyfriend has an HP DVsomething model, and his gets warm too, so maybe it's an HP thing. I'm going to invest in a cooler to help with that problem.
Also, if you're wanting to get a laptop sleeve to keep the computer in, note that the battery sticks out the back about another 3/4 an inch. I have a Built NY 12" laptop sleeve, and it's pretty tight to get it in, but it can be done. ...more info
- A very solid performer for the price
This is my first Tablet PC. I mainly bought this unit for that capability, but I was also purchasing it because it advertised itself as a completely loaded Vista experience, usable in everyday computing and more equipped than it's competitors.
I've been very pleased with the purchase. Not only does the unit have excellent versatility in tablet usage, but it is indeed loaded with small extras both in function and in software. It's comfortable to use as an everyday laptop, but capable of performing in tablet and touch mode in seconds.
Running Vista is no effort with the extreme amount of ram and sufficient processor. ReadyBoost is at hand to make the machine even quicker. While it is true it's not primarily a gaming machine, within the BIOS the video card is easily set to 128mb, which is not cutting edge but superior to any convertible tablets I was shopping for.
The laptop runs very hot. I find that it can become uncomfortable on the lap or in the arm in convertible mode, if you are not conscious of airflow. Luckily there is more than one vent, so I didn't fear for the innards.
Battery life is so-so. I prefer to use at least balanced setting in the power options, and I'm lucky to get 3 hours, 2 1/3 being far more likely. Again, HP offers a better battery which I will probably purchase for trips, etc.
Tablet and touch usage is fantastic, and frankly better than I thought it would be for such a hybrid. I love the option of interface here, and putting the laptop into different positions for writing, drawing, or watching media is great. The only difficulty for me was remembering that the touch is active when the pen is not near the screen. I've adjusted to this new (to me) feature.
The machine is loaded with software, some good, some bloat, as with most Windows machines. I'm a tweak-happy user, so no issue there. The licensed copy of OneNote was a great surprise. I'm also more of a fan than I thought I would be of HP's resources and the fingerprint reader utility.
I love having the USB ports, card reader, camera and DVDROM drive available on a good tablet (the DVD is removable for weight if you so desire.) Truly it's an everyday machine. The keyboard is quite sufficient, but I feel it pales in comparison to my Macbook. The display is fine, if a bit finicky about viewing angles. Still, like all the features on the machine I find it quite changeable on the software side. You can tweak the feeling of all tablet and display methods quite nicely.
So a solid machine that largely hits the target of jack of all trades that so many laptops miss. It would not be my first choice without tablet/touch capability, but the fact that it performs that function so measurably and accomplishes the others with few drawbacks makes it a great purchase. I'd highly recommend it to someone looking for a mid sized convertible tablet pc, with a bit of ooomph inside. If you want all the tools included, it makes the least sacrifice.
Very nice tablet / touchscreen usage.
Nice power and media options for convertible laptop.
Many features in hardware and software.
Very competitive pricing.
The design isn't horrid for portable pc ;)
Runs quite hot.
Viewing angles are suspect at times.
Typical Windows tweaking/bloatware issues.
64bit gives with one hand (ram) and takes with the other (driver compatiblity)
- The fingerprint reader is difficult to find!...
Okay, at first I wrote a review saying they were sending me the wrong model. I'm updating now because, after receiving TWO laptops, I finally gave up on Amazon and called HP. They explained to me that: 1) the tx2110 will, indeed, have tx2000 written all over it, and 2) the fingerprint reader is NOT where the tutorial shows - it's actually on the lefthand side of the screen (the little gold rectangle). The tutorial shows it on the keyboard, so I kept thinking I had an older model! I showed it to half a dozen people (all very computer literate), and none of them noticed it either!
Also, the keyboard is rather flimsy. I've had this laptop for only ONE week, and I've already detected weakness and squeaking in the area where my right wrist rests. That's also where the Wireless antenna is housed, so I'm hoping it holds up under the stress....more info
- This is a Great Laptop that does more than most at a great price
I have owned many touch screen laptops starting with Fujitsu's B series and P series starting 8 years ago and loved it but with one drawback there was no optical drive and very slow but everything else I loved. Then I went to the HP tx1000 Model and was very disappointed the touch screen wasnt really a touch screen it was more like a punch screen you had to push very so for the monitor to recognise your touch and the pen wasnt anything like a tablet it was only touch and was impossible to write on. Now I am writing on a tx2000 model that I got at Costco and I really do love it the touch screen is wonderful and very sensitive not to mention the pen is a true tablet pen that senses the pen without even touching the screen and writes amazingly well. For the money you can beat this laptop and if you look hard you can find it for under $1000 pretty much fully loaded and it does so much more than a normal laptop that costs the same. You really wont be disappointed this laptop does everything you would want it to and more at a cost that will make you smile. I love it....more info
- Don't waste time and money on this
Got a TX2110US model, AMD Dual core X2 with 3 gigs of RAM and the 250 G HDD and boy am thoroughly disappointed with it or what? Should simply have stayed with an Intel based Dual Core. This system produces a lot of heat (will literally burn off your lap, if you hold it as a laptop!) and not to mention the fan noise; far from quiet by any means and only gets a Vista Performance score of 2.4 and you will easily notice how slow it runs when running even simple video editing or Photoshop editing.
Performance scores reported in Vista are below:
Processor calculations per second - 4.8
Memory operations per second - 4.6
Desktop Performance for Windows Aero - 2.8
3D Business and gaming Graphics - 2.4
Disk data transfer rate - 5.2
Vista seems to be worse than Windows ME with its intermittent "Auto restarts" and crashes, leaving one clueless most times. The HP Advisor program is the main culprit most times when it does leave a clue. The tablet drivers don't load up one or 2 out of 10 reboots.
(so much for using the tablet). The SD card reader quit in a month and had to mail the system for repairs. They had to replace the main board and ship back. After shipment arrived, there is a ding on the case! Now going through "Claims". HP customer service really sucks if you think Dell was bad! Do yourself a favor. don't fall a prey to its size and mobility. If you really need mobility, buy yourself a decent PDA. This can't stand upto the high demands of today's applications....more info
- Good looking laptop but a very slow one.
Vista is worse than terrible. The laptop is great but even with 3gig ram runs a little bit slow for me. The features are great and the tablet pc even better. However, I don't like it. I mean,the laptop is great but I had the Hp Pavilon special edition and it was running faster than this one with just 2 gig of ram and 1.6(with xp). It also makes very noise and it gets hot very easy. I bought this laptop couse the size is great and its very portable. However, thats the only good think that this laptop has, its portable and is a good tablet pc...nothing more....more info
- HP Tablet Notebook tx2120us
So far I am very impressed with my new HP tablet notebook. Many other reviews highlight all the positive features. There are a couple of negative features though. One is Vista 64bit. If you have older software you will run into compatibility issues and if the software works it will run significantly slower than when running under Vista 32bit. I have an Avertech Notebook which has a slower processor and less memory, but is running Vista 32bit and it runs circles around my new HP tablet notebook on a lot of the software I use. I purchased and returned an older model of HP's tablet notebook. The tablet screen was a joke. However this model has a Wacom touch screen which is unbelievably more impressive. The only other negative is the screen is grainy. You get used to it, but when you see another screen next to it you are reminded of how bad it is. Saying all this I would still highly recommend this product and am giving it five stars. Most people aren't going to have the older software so this won't affect them. As far as the screen it is a trade off of having a touch screen tablet....more info
- Best product for the money... read more to see why...
Normally, I steer clear of HP's (and Compaq's) sub-par products with risible quality-control, as well as its outrageously-detestable practice of filling the hard drive with cloggware that forces the customer to spend the first hour clearing out unwanted garbage with a plunger in hand, and to add to the outrage, the cloggware RESIST uninstall attempts.
With the said caveat in mind, this particular product is magnificent! Albeit, it is a bit heavy (the DVD player can be removed to make lighter) and a tad warm, but perfectly smooth running Vista Home Premium, Office 2007 Premium, Matlab 2007, Photoshop CS3 and Visual Studio 2008. Looks beautiful (though a fingerprint magnet), has all the bells and whistles needed on a portable / tablet, and is dirt cheap compared to all other convertibles in its class. The only con is that it is not using the faster/cooler Intel Core 2 Duo chip, preferably the T8300 (2.4GHz), but that would have increased the price by a few hundred bucks. The graphics controller is built-in, but works very well for attaching high-resolution 22"-30" monitors. Those who are looking for a great GPU for gaming should not be looking at a tablet/convertible anyway.
If you're wondering, a "convertible" is the same as a tablet PC, but has a built-in keyboard / glider pad.
The stylus functionality is good, though it does require some calibration and some getting used to, the media remote stows in in the unit, the built-in camera, mic and speakers are also very good. The mic with software boost is adequate for Skype or recording lectures, but not for voice-command. The glider pad is the best I've seen on a laptop (it is slightly offset/indented to avoid accidental touching, and has perforations to allow for better finger adhesion/control). The screen resolution is nice, crisp and bright, but the digitizer overlay makes it a tad grainy and certainly shiny--but you'll stop minding by the first week of use. The included 6-cell battery lasts me ~1.5 under medium-heavy use, but an 8-cell version is available now and possibly a 12-cell may be available in the future.
The tx2110us is preferred over other tx2000z models, particularly the HP tx2120usbecause: (1) Vista 64 has compatibility issues, and may overall be an overkill for the current Turion chips (hence, slowing things down); (2) there is no noticeable benefit in having the extra 1GB of Ram under normal use, especially in a laptop (Vista x32 will only recognize up to 3GB); (3) No noticeable benefit in an extra 0.1 GHz in speed, but the trade off is probably more heat output / shorter battery life; and (4) Cost!! This one is ~$120 cheaper, which can go towards a second battery, or a nice case and accessories.
The unit is available at AMAZON, which means free shipping, no additional sales tax, and you can actually have it in your hands in less than a week (and return it if you don't absolutely love it)!
Preferred over Gateway C-141/142XL: (1) Gateway is flimsy, and at this rate, may not be around in the near future due to terrible customer service and business practices, and non-existent support (I ordered the C-141XL mid April: first they delayed my order without informing me, then they canceled my order without informing me or ever explaining why after I called twice, being transferred 6 times, and spending approx. 2 hours with customer service/sales/parts(!) and dealing with RUDE and UNHELPFUL employees, and they would refuse to ship my order unless I went to my bank and wire-transferred funds into Gateway's account first!! I figure the reason Gateway canceled my order (and probably many others) was because it was selling the unit too cheaply ($200 off base price, plus $50 coupon), so it introduced the "new" 142XL as of May 1st, which is identical to 141XL in all respect, but costs $150-$200 more (no coupons/incentives when I last checked); (2) C-142XL does have a larger screen (though with a worse resolution than the HP), as well as the much faster Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz and a dedicated GPU, but it does not have the latest wireless adapter (802.11N), nor the very useful remote control that comes with the HP, and is much heavier, almost too large to be ultra portable, only has the active digitizer but no touch-screen capability, and costs $300-$400 more (add another $50 for shipping and $100-120 for tax), that's IF you ever get one... (see blogs for Gateway's massive delivery delays on this product).
Preferred over all the other ones I researched: Lenovo (cheap-looking IBM legacy laptops with the red "zit" in the middle of the keyboard + made by a Chinese manufacture who insists on installing Vista, but only includes 1 GB of RAM = NOT a winner), Toshiba (generally nice products, but unnecessarily expensive), Dell (great products and wonderful customer service, but the current convertibles are not fast enough for my use and too expensive), Apple (does not make a convertible, yet), Panasonic (excellent products, surreal prices), Gateway (forget about it!), Sony ($$$), ASUS ($$$), etc. ...more info
- I like it
I have had this computer for a couple of weeks now and I am happy with it. It looks like there are some detailed reviews already so I will try to keep this one brief. The good: computer works well, the pen and touch screen are neat (it remains to be seen if I use the features all that much). The keyboard feels nice. The one tiny hinge for the screen actually feels pretty solid. We just set up skype and the camera and microphone appear to be just fine. I have not yet noticed any compatibility issues with Vista64, but I don't have a lot of extras installed.
The bad: The computer does stay pretty warm. I got a Belkin laptop cooler (Amazon, 20 bucks) and I think it helps. With the cooler the computer fan usually stays in the off or low mode. When the fan in the laptop goes to high speed it is pretty noticeable. It does seem like the fan doesn't run as much when I am holding the computer vertically in tablet mode with the exhaust at the top of the computer. Now here are a couple of nitpicky ones: Where my right hand rests on the computer for typing (right above the wireless switch), there is a creak in the case, this might just be my computer. The power switch on the front of the computer is an odd and cheap feeling slider, but not a big deal.
I got a screen protector from a company called strong engineering, it wasn't all that expensive and I don't have to worry about the screen. One of the reviewers mentioned that a full version of OneNote came with the computer, on my computer it appears to just be a trial version. Also, one of the reviewers said they think this computer with 3G RAM, Vista32, and the slightly slower processor might be better, if that is your preference check out Costco, they were selling that computer for a little less than this and it came with a bit longer warranty. Once the various taxes, fees, and rebates were figured in I elected to pay 50 bucks more for one more gig of ram and the slightly faster processor.
Overall I like this product and would recommend it. Good luck with your computer shopping!...more info
- Good Hardware, Bad Software
I bought this as a replacement to a Windows XP machine that I have been using for over 4 years and is about to fall apart. Over the years I have collected a number of applications on my machine so I was anxious about transferring all my applications over. I did some research and found out that Microsoft has a couple of utilities to help with the migration from XP to Vista. I went ahead and bought this machine instead of the tx2110us which uses the 32bit Vista because I read that 64 bit Vista works better.
What I did not realize was that the transfer utilities from Microsoft only works on 32bit Vista. I tried calling Microsoft Support and the only recommendations I got was to buy a 32 bit Windows, transfer the applications, then upgrade to 64 bit Windows - and even then they have no idea whether it would work.
I will most likely install Ubuntu on this machine and forget about Vista.
Otherwise the machine appears solidly built. The pen works very well. But the touch pad has too much resistance for my liking. But since I cannot do much with it so far, I have not had much chance to really test out the other parts. Maybe I will update this later....more info
- So far, not so good
I have the tx2110us, purchased from Amazon, and there are quite a few attractive features that first drew me to this laptop/tablet, but after owning it for about 4 months now, I've found myself to be quite unhappy. So I'll go over the good stuff first:
-Lots of RAM
-Touchscreen and supporting software are very cool: software & hardware combination gets you a realistic tablet that is even pressure sensitive (the harder you push on the screen, the thicker the line gets)
-Swivel screen & entertainment hardware make for good portable movie watching
-Built in wireless (a/b/g/n)/bluetooth technology
-Webcam is neat
-Fingerprint scanner works reasonably well (handy way to keep computer secure, although it is pretty finicky at times)
Now onto my gripes and complaints:
First off, yes, the tx2110us does get hot--very hot... Hot to the point of overheating and shutting down completely, even if you're in the middle of something. I've sent my laptop in twice so far (I'm waiting for it to get back after the second time around), and the first time, they said the replaced the motherboard. Didn't work--still overheats. What's worse is they reformatted my HD, so I had to uninstall all the crapware (which there is a ton of by the way). I've changed the power settings as well, which is what the some of the reviewers have suggested, and it still overheats. I can only hope that the geniuses at HP can figure out a way to solve this because it's getting quite annoying...
Speaking of geniuses at HP, once you're tech support escalates into sending your laptop in for repair, they assign you a case manager. He tried calling me twice to get a confirmation that my computer was returned safely, and that was it. I then tried 5 times-- 5 times!!! to get a hold of him to tell him that the problem wasn't fixed. Each time I got someone else who said "oh he's busy right now, I'll send him an email to let him know you called" and I got nothing in return--NOTHING! I got so frustrated and angry.
My recommendation: if you keep this computer on "power saver" setting, delete all the crapware, you may be able to enjoy this computer with it's abundant features... For myself (and I do consider myself somewhat computer savvy), I would like to enjoy the performance characteristics of my laptop without a hitch, & if you're like that, you probably don't want to buy this computer because you'll spend an hour or more getting rid of the crapware & you won't be able to run it at "high performance" because it will overheat and shut down. I can only wait to see what kind of repairs they performed on it this time (which probably won't fix the problem).
- Lots of heat output
I have had this laptop for over six months now and i am really getting uncomfortable with it. At first I liked the rotating and touch screen, but the laptop produces so much heat that its unbarebale. I can't leave it on my lap for more then 15 minutes. The battery life is very short....more info
This notebook doesn't support Window XP.
When I installed Window XP, all of audiovisual hardware don't work.
It comes with free window vista 64 bit which run very slowly and incompatibile with almost all program.