HP released the Pavilion tx1000 Windows Vista notebook at CES 2007 and it’s sure turning some heads. With a stylish finish, touch screen display, AMD Turion dual core processor and unique "golf ball" touchpad all at a starting price of around $1,299 this is a machine to look out for.
HP tx1000 (view large image)
The HP tx1000 specs are as follows:
- AMD Turion X2 dual core 64-bit processor
- 12.1" BrightView glossy screen display
- Integrated optical drive that is removable for lighter weight when on the go (3.9lbs travel weight with optical drive removed)
- Fingerprint reader for biometric security
- Graphics: Nvidia 6150
- Unique touchpad with golfball type design that doesn’t wear out with use
- HP imprint wave design
- ExpressCard slot
- Remote Control with consumer level IR (control from up to 20 feet) that fits into the ExpressCard slot
- Integrated EVDO to be offered later on
- Two headphone jacks
- Multi-card reader slot
- 4-cell or 6-cell battery
- Price starting at $1299
We used the tx1000 for a little bit while at CES 2007 and, while it doesn’t feel completely rock solid, the build overall is pretty good and the look is quite excellent. The imprint finish, unique dimpled touchpad and blue LED lighting give it a nice finish. The touchpad is especially cool because it’s integrated into the design and isn’t a typical touchpad, it’s hard plastic so that it won’t wear out like regular touchpad material does overtime. The touchpad can also be turned off easily via a hardware button right above it.
Checkout the dimpled touchpad finish on the tx1000! (view large image)
Left side view of tx1000 where you can see the optical drive, power jack, multi-card slot and ExpressCard slot with remote control in (view large image)
The processor is an AMD Turion X64, with no plans for an Intel version on the horizon, and the good news is that the base amount of RAM will be 1GB so that the tx1000 can run the Aero graphics features of Windows Vista. Windows Vista Premium comes loaded with the tx1000 and as such has all of the Tablet OS capabilities built in. While the tx1000 is touch screen and a Tablet PC, it does not use Wacom tablet technology (it is not penabled), you get a simple stylus with it.
Right side view of tx1000 (view large image)
In terms of wireless, the tx1000 will offer 802.11 a/b/g but no 802.11n for now. It will also offer integrated EVDO later on, but not initially.
HP tx1000 top view, notice this device picks up fingerprints like a magnet (view large image)
HP is planning to release the tx1000 sometime in February of 2007, likely towards the end. It will be available in the base configuration at a starting price of $1,299. We figure that’s well in the range of some students budgets and could be a good option for those heading to college.
HP tx1000 in notebook mode (view large image)
HP tx1000 in tablet mode (view large image)