HP TouchSmart tm2 Review
Today I will be writing my HP TouchSmart tm2 review for you to read. This sleek, etched aluminum touch screen laptop is a bundle of fun. It is really quite attractive and is built with free flowing rounded corners.
It is also a fully functional convertible tablet computer. You may have heard the term, “convertible” referred to when talking about tablet computers and wondered what that actually meant. It’s just a cool marketing slogan that means the computer has a hinge that allows the screen to be rotated 180 degrees and then be folded flat. The touch screen then hides the keyboard and the computer is then in “tablet mode” ready for you to write on the screen or to make touch selections with your fingers. Then, when you want to type on it, you can simply return the screen to it’s normal position and it functions just like a regular notebook computer.
HP really brought touch screen mobile computing into the forefront with the tm2. They were one of the first to make a touch screen notebook that supported multi-touch functionality. Others have followed since but HP lead the way.
HP bundled the tm2 with their own flavor of software for interacting with the touch screen although it’s reported to be a bit sluggish. Windows 7’s touch screen capabilities work just fine on this model. The 12.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel touch screen is capacitive which means you can control it with your fingers or electronic stylus. For such a small notebook, it’s actually quite thick at over 1.5 inches and heavy at 4.72 pounds.
One site that I found on the Internet reported that when this little notebook computer was being used in their laps, it had a tendency to tip backwards. I can see how this would be a bit of a hassle.
Using the Wacom stylus and digitizer for note taking, the tm2 quite accurately converts handwriting into editable text. This is very handy for those people out there who don’t type so well. The stylus actually has a right mouse click button on it so you can take advantage of the many Windows based right click menus. This is a problem for many touch screen notebooks that don’t have this capability.
On video playback tests, the HP tm2’s battery lasted 4.5 hours which is quite respectable. It would get much better battery run time when doing simple things like writing emails and surfing the web. Video playback is a very battery draining task. HP claims battery run time of up to 6 hours for this model.
Here’s a look at the inside of the tm2.
- Operating system – Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- CPU -Intel Core2 Duo SU7300 (1.30GHz, 800MHz)
- Graphics – 512Meg ATI Mobility RadeonHD 4550
- Memory – Base model comes with 3GB and up to 8GB optional
- Hard Drive – 320GB Solid State Drive
- Display – 12.1 Inch integrated touch screen
- External Drive – External 8x DVD writer/player
- Webcam – Yes
- Communications – WiFi and Bluetooth
- Battery – Six cell lithium ion
- Card Reader – 5 in 1
- Ports – 3 USB, VGA, HDMI, RJ-45
- Dimensions – 11.9 in x 8.7 in x 1.55 in
- Weight – 4.72 pounds
- Warranty – 1 year limited
With a price tag of only $849, this little touch screen laptop is affordable enough for the majority of computer buyers which is quite refreshing. Many touch screen laptops are on the expensive end of the spectrum. It’s nice to see HP pricing this model within the reach of people like starving students and struggling artists.
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