This is a first impressions look at the recently announced HP tx1000 convertible notebook. We have only had this unit for a few hours, but so far it seems good for the projected price. If you are in the market for an affordable, entertainment Tablet then the tx1000 may be what you are looking for, but you will have to wait until February 28.
Here are some photos of the tx1000 unboxing, which we enjoyed. It was made more enjoyable by the fact HP included a bunch of stuff such as a handy wipe cloth, mini remote control, travel drawer (optical drive weight saver), and of course the tx1000 itself.
The tx1000 fresh from the box. (view large image)
Everything that came in the box. (view large image)
Unwrapped tx1000 and its accessories. Glossy lid, looks very classy. (view large image)
The HP tx1000 Specs as reviewed
First Thoughts and more to come
First appearance of the tx1000 convertible notebook is nice. It has a glossy lid, with an inlaid wave design that extends around to the silver inside of the keyboard. It already has Windows Vista installed and prices will be starting around $1,200. HP is going for the affordability aspect.
The Windows Vista Aero feature runs just fine on the tx1000 (view large image)
This is the first notebook we've had to review with Windows Vista installed. So far the OS has proven itself to run well on this machine and visually it's much more lively and pleasing than Windows XP. The Aero graphics features of Vista work well on the tx1000 with its 2GB of memory and the low-end Nvidia Go 6150 graphics card.
The case of the tx1000 is constructed of plastic and has some flex in parts, but this is part of the affordability aspect. It doesn't seem as durable as the Asus R1F notebook convertible we recently reviewed, but then again the tx1000 will be retailed $400 cheaper. There's no Wacom technology with this Tablet, it just uses touchscreen technology. You of course also get a keyboard and touchpad as methods of input. The touchpad has a nice design that blends in with the rest of the keyboard, it's textured like a golf ball so you can feel it when not looking. Even though we found the chassis has some flex in parts, the keyboard doesn't, it has a solid feel with minimal flex.
The touchpad is unique and works well, though the mouse buttons are on the small side (view large image)
The screen is glossy and sometimes hard to read due to reflection and the touchscreen layer that adds some graininess. The screen brightness is average, it's hard to tell what brightness level you're on because there's no on screen indicator when you toggle brightness. The center hinge converts the notebook to Tablet mode with no problems and it automatically changes the orientation for you. The tx1000 has plenty of entertainment features, which it is being marketed for. It has Altec Lansing speakers, an integrated web camera and two headphone jacks and one microphone jack on the front for convenience. Overall, my first impressions of the tx1000 were nice and its size helps keep it in the market for mobile professionals looking for some consumer features. Look for the upcoming full review soon!
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