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Although I saw the tx2500 at AMD's Tech Day 2008, I didn't take any shots to compare it to my tx2000.

At BlogHer08, I had the opportunity to do some hands-on with the tx2500.  I took a few camera shots to compare the specs of my tx2000 to the tx2500 using AMD's Puma chipset and ATI graphics.  As you can see, there isn't any difference on the exterior, other than the stickers, but what's inside makes a BIG difference.

HP tx2500

HP tx 2000


HP tx2500

HP tx2000

HP tx2000

HP tx2500


ATI Radeon 3200 Graphics


Nvidia Geforce Go 6150 Graphics

So what does this all mean?  The Windows Experience Index helps show us.


HP tx2000


HP tx2500

AMD's Puma and ATI Graphics should make a big difference on overall performance.  We'll have more to share once we run the computers side by side with the same programs running.



 HP's tx2500z   

Shown at Computex, along with lots of entertainment features, HP has beefed up its popular tx2000 series with

  • AMD Turion X2 Ultra TL-84 2.3GHz processor

  • WXGA Touch Panel LCD - 12.1"

  • Up to 4GB DDR2-800 Memory

  • Up to a 250GB Toshiba 5400RPM Hard Drive

  • 802.11n Wireless

  • Touch-screen Display (1280 x 800)

Other specs -

Included features:
• HP Pavilion tx2500z Entertainment Notebook PC
• HP PhotoSmart Essentials
• QuickPlay 3.x
• Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
• 1 Expansion Port 3 connector
• 1 ExpressCard/34 Slot
• 3 USB 2.0 ports
• 2 Consumer IR's (Remote Receiver)
• HP Mini Remote Control
• Built-in digitizer pen
• TV-Out (S-video)
• 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader
• Built-in Altec Lansing stereo speakers
• Integrated Stereo Microphones
• Touch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical Scroll Up/Down pad
• Kensington(R) MicroSaver lock slot
• Power-on password
• 101 key compatible
• 65W AC adapter
• 1-year limited H/W warranty
• 90-day S/W warranty

Hopefully, we'll have one to review soon.

 HP's tx2000 - Editor's Favorite Award Winner 

The Tablet PC’s First look at the new HP Pavilion Entertainment PC – the tx2000

I’ve had the opportunity to use HP’s newest offering, the tx2000 Pavilion Entertainment PC.  Now, before you start thinking that it’s the tx1000 with some new features, let me say that although the chassis may look familiar, after that, it’s all new, and it’s a real Tablet.

First, the tx2000 has an active digitizer.  Those who had a less-than-desirable experience with the tx1000’s handwriting, take heart!  It was no secret that I was less than happy with the inking on the tx1000.  The inking on this Tablet is among the best I’ve experienced, with a light touch all that’s needed.  To be fair, HP never marketed the tx1000 as a Tablet, but as an entertainment notebook and it did a good job at what it was made for.


The specs on the tx2000 are much improved, and for the 64-bit enthusiasts out there, the one I used runs Windows Vista 64-bit Windows Ultimate out of the box.  Running the AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-66 2.30Ghz processor, this tx2000 sports 4GB of ram.  As in most Tablets, the weak spot is graphics, with a NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150.  The graphics drop the Windows Experience Index to 3.0.  This is one of the main reasons I dislike the way the rating system works.  Take the graphics out of the equation and you’ll see a beefy subscore of

  • 4.9 Calculations per second

  • 5.7 Memory operations per second

  • Disk data transfer rate

Other features include

  • Built-in Web Cam

  • 3 USB ports

  • Expansion port for the xb3000 desktop docking station or the "QuickDock" port replicator

  • VGA connection

  • S Video

  • Modem

  • Kensington Lock

  • Remote control

  • SD Card reader

  • Dual headset connections

  • Microphone

  • Wireless switch

Without question, the machine is fast.  There are things I really like about the new features.  HP took feedback from Tablet users and came up with a machine that should give almost every user something to smile about.  Here are some of my favorite features –

The touchpad is the same as the tx1000.  I love the scroll feature and the fact that I can automatically find it without having to stop what I’m doing to look.  I found I missed this on the 2710.  I’m glad to see it back.

A longer power cord.  This may seem trivial, but anyone who travels knows that often the wall connection just isn’t quite close enough to the desk. The extra foot or so makes a big difference.

A hard drive that’s big enough to carry along your videos and music.  You can get up to a 320Gb hard drive.

Speed.  Yep, it’s fast, even with several of the added on programs that come with it running at start up.  Can’t wait to see how it goes when these are set to run only when needed.

As with the tx1000, the tx2000 includes a built-in DVD-RW with Light Scribe.

Great battery life, and the extended battery makes a perfect hand-hold for a secure grip when in portrait mode.  When in secondary landscape position, it also tilts the front of the Tablet to be a perfect angle for writing or sketching.  Of course, as with any other computer, a larger battery means a heavier Tablet.

Superior sound.  After all, this is an entertainment PC, and putting the typical small, tinny-sounding speakers wouldn’t work.  The Altec Lansing stereo speakers add a nice dimension to the overall quality of the tx2000.  These speakers always face forward, no matter what position the computer is in – notebook or Tablet – and have sound quality that’s as good as the new digitizer.

There are also things that could be improved.  I have issues with touch screens – all touch screens.  It’s not the Tablet’s fault, there’s something about my touch that just doesn’t work right.  This computer minimizes some of my problems, but some still remain.  For example, the onscreen mouse doesn’t follow my finger as it should, dropping off and having my navigation turn into selection mode.  The heel of my hand leaves lines as I use the pen for handwriting, especially in portrait mode.  These are things that most people don’t have any problem with, but I’m mentioning it for any of you who may have the same issues.  I’ve learned to live with it, but it’s a lot easier with the tx2000.  It works better for me than others have, just not perfectly.

The pen doesn’t seem to fit right in the holder.  It’s a bit loose and could easily come out.  Adding the tether helps, but because the pen doesn’t fit tightly, just moving the tether can pull the pen out.  The length of the tether is a plus and a minus.  It’s plenty long enough to comfortably write anywhere on the screen in any position, but its length also lets it catch on other things. If you don’t lose pens, you won’t need the tether.

Fan position.  With the machine having so much hardware in a small package, almost any place that the fan goes will interfere with the way people hold it.  The default landscape position will put the heat output from the fan right into the arm of those who hold it in their left hand.  Of course, moving it, would just create the issue somewhere else, so I don’t consider this a problem that can be fixed by HP or anyone else at this point, just something that you should be aware of.

Overall, this is a solid portable entertainment machine that will easily meet a Tablet user’s needs.  Most importantly, the tx2000 offers a great price point.  Starting at just $1299, this is a Tablet PC that won't destroy your budget.

With the quality of the hardware, the speed, Windows Vista handwriting recognition, Media Center and the price for what you get, this is a notebook computer that should meet the needs of a wide-range of buyers.  Although a consumer machine, there’s no reason why this won’t also be a great notebook computer for business users as well.

Congratulations HP and thank you for listening to all of us!  We've awarded the HP tx2000 Pavilion Entertainment PC our Editor's Favorite Award.  

HP 2710P

I saw the HP 2710P at Gnomedex 2007.  HP had a large presence, both by sponsoring the opening night's reception and with the new products that they were highlighting, one of which was their newest Tablet PC offering for business - the HP2710P. 

This is a no-nonsense Tablet PC, meant to work as you do and do so in a lightweight, easy to carry case.  It's a beautifully finished computer, with a 12.1" widescreen, decent resolution.  With this offering, HP has abandoned the touchpad and gone to a very sensitive pointing stick.


System features
See detailed specs
US Specs Here
Operating system
Genuine Windows Vista® Business
Processors available
Intel® Core™2 Duo ULV processor U7500 1.06 GHz 2 MB L2 cache 533 MHz front side bus
Memory slots
Hard drives
60 GB 4200 rpm SMART PATA
Audio, Slots, and Ports
High Definition Audio support w/24-bit DAC; Integrated mono speaker; Integrated microphone; Touch-sensitive controls for volume up, volume down, and mute; Stereo headphone/line out; Stereo microphone in
2 USB 2.0
1 IEEE 1394
1 microphone in
1 headphone/line-out
1 docking connector
1 battery connector
1 RJ-45
1 RJ-11
1 external VGA monitor
1 AC power
1 Express Card/54
1 secure digital
(An optional Integrated Smart Card Reader is available and replaces the Type I/II PC card slot)
Graphics and Input/Output devices
Graphics cards
Mobile Intel GMA X3100
Display size
12.1 in Illumi-Lite, WXGA UWVA, anti-glare with Digitizer
Input devices

Docking Solutions
HP 2700 Ultra-Slim Expansion Base with 7mm DVD+/-RW SuperMulti Drive
101/102-key compatible keyboard with HP DuraKeys
Communication features
10/100/1000 NIC
56K modem
Intel 802.11a/b/g
Bluetooth 2.0
Security management
HP ProtectTools Security Manager; HP Fingerprint Sensor; Configuration Control Hardware; Memory Change Alert; Ownership Tag; Setup Password; Power-On Password; TPM 1.2 Embedded Security Chip (disabled where use is restricted by law); TPM Enhanced DriveLock (disabled where use is restricted by law); HP Disk Sanitizer; HP 3D DriveGuard; Kensington Lock Slot; Windows Security Button (pen-activated Ctrl-Alt-Del)
Product specifications
Dimensions (w x d x h)
11.42 x 8.35 x 1.11 in (290.00 x 212.00 x 28.20 mm)
3.7 lb (1.68 kg)
Power and Battery
6-Cell Lithium-Ion
Power supply
External 65-watt Smart AC adapter, 6-foot (1.8-meter) power cord included. Total length including external AC adapter is 12 feet (3.66 meter). HP Fast Charge.
Service and Support
Warranty - year(s)
HP Services offers limited 3-year standard parts and labor warranty, pick-up or carry-in, and toll-free 7 x 24 hardware technical phone support (depending on model); 1-year limited warranty on primary battery. On-site service and warranty upgrades are also available.


*Except where noted, all prices are estimated U.S. HP prices. Actual prices from other locations or websites may vary.

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† Not all Windows Vista features are available for use on all Windows Vista Capable PCs. All Windows Vista Capable PCs will run the core experiences of Windows Vista, such as innovations in organizing and finding information, security, and reliability. Some features available in premium editions of Windows Vista -- like the new Windows Aero™ user interface -- require advanced or additional hardware. Check www.windowsvista.com/getready for details.

Certain Windows Vista product features require advanced or additional hardware. See http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/hardwarereqs.mspx and http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/capable.mspx for details. Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor can help you determine which features of Windows Vista will run on your computer. To download the tool, visit www.windowsvista.com/upgradeadvisor.

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