Laptops are available aplenty today. Not only are they ever more advanced, but also are easy to carry around and come with a host of convenient, time-saving features. Today, we bring you a detailed review of the touch screen laptop, the HP tx2-1275dx.
The HP TouchSmart tx2-1275dx is the latest in the line of HP’s touch screen tablets. Compared to their previous TouchSmart tx2z laptop which was rather pricey at $999, this one is a retail-only device that also comes at a reasonable $849.
The HP TouchSmart tx2-1275dx includes a nice rotating touchscreen display with added multi-touch support. Though impressive-looking, this also comes with its downside.
- The TouchSmart tx2-1275dx comes with a dual-core AMD Turion X2 processor, hence does not really size up performance-wise to similarly-priced laptops which also come with powerful Intel Core 2 Duo processors.
- The battery life leaves much to be desired.
- Though the design is appealing to the eye, the TouchSmart tx2-1275dx is rather heavy for a 12-inch, supposedly ultraportable device.
Looks-wise, the TouchSmart tx2-1275dx is very similar to the HP Pavilion line of laptops, with rounded and tapering edges and the Imprint finish. This weighs about 4.8 pounds, which is definitely heavier than average. If you want it to be lighter, you can maybe do away with the DVD burner. That will make it slightly lighter for you.
The keyboard is surprisingly well-space for a 12” laptop and you can work with it quite easily. Additionally, the touchscreen helps you navigate without any trouble whatsoever. You can use either your stylus or your fingers to navigate your way through the menu and other functionalities. The screen is extremely responsive to touch, so you should have no issues with it. A smooth strip running along the right-hand side acts as a vertical scroll.
The rotating display lets you use your laptop in various ways – like a traditional laptop; away from the keyboard to view only display; and to flatten on top of the keyboard and use like a tablet. At the bottom of this display are small but powerful built-in Altec Lansing speakers.
Offering users a 1280×800-pixel resolution, the TouchSmart tx2-1275dx also has a dual-mode display, with both finger and digital pen use. The multi-touch support lets you use finger gestures to zoom in and zoom out pictures, move across menus and so on. You can use the digital pen to take down notes, draw on screen and so on.
Considering the laptop size, it has a surprising assortment of ports. It includes Bluetooth, but no HDMI port.
The HP TouchSmart tx2-1275dx uses a six-cell battery, but only lasts about two and half hours. The company could have done better with their battery life – this is a clear disappointment.
The product package includes HP’s priority services plus one-year warranty, toll-free call and email support throughout the week, real-time chat with tech support representatives, detailed FAQs and driver downloads as well.
The TouchSmart tx2-1275dx has a nice attractive design and useful features, but does lag behind other similarly priced and sized laptops in many ways. This is worth taking a look at it you are not looking for a laptop with long battery power and over-the-top performance.