NOTE: Please be aware that
not all models have Tablet PC-functionality. I want to be
sure that you understand this before you decide to purchase one.
See more details at the end of this review.
I've had the new HP tx1000 for a little over a
week now and find it to be exactly as promoted. This is an
excellent portable entertainment machine that takes advantage of
all the multi-media options found in Windows Vista Premium Home
Edition, including Media Center options.
If you're looking for the best Tablet PC to
use primarily as a note-taking machine, this may not be your
best choice. I'll explain more a bit deeper into the
If you're looking for a machine packed with
features for overall computing and your entertainment needs
available at the touch of a finger, yet may want to take
notes occasionally, then this is a Tablet PC you should
The model I received for review is a Tablet PC
with the optional touch screen. It was great to receive a review
unit that had adequate ram (2G) rather than the minimum
What's new and different about the tx1000?
This is a Tablet PC that uses the 64-bit AMD Turion Dual Core
T-60 processor. I've asked for a few years why AMD wasn't
visible in the Tablet PC market, and now I no longer need to
As soon as I saw the tx1000, it was obvious
that HP has taken some small items into consideration. The
case is subtly enhanced with a pattern, then a clear overlay is
applied to protect it, giving it a stylish appearance.
The HP tx1000 uses a 12.1" BrightView screen
and offers an option of a touchscreen to turn this unit into a
true Tablet PC.
The tx1000 also includes an option many users
have asked for since Tablets were first introduced - an
integrated DVD-RW. This is an option that many users have
been waiting for. As this unit is being marketed as a
portable entertainment machine, having the DVD-RW included is a
must! Even better, the DVD-RW is removable so you can
insert an extra long-life battery for those times when you need
an entertainment computer, the HP tx1000 offers QuickPlay - a
simple-to-use interface for navigating between options such as
- DVD functions
- Integrated Web Camera (optional)
There's also a remote control that's slips
right into the Tablet PC for safekeeping. Large Altec
Lansing speakers give some of the best sound I've ever heard on
a portable computer.
Although the HP tx1000 comes pre-installed
with Windows Vista Home Premium Edition, it's eligible for
Microsoft Windows Anytime Upgrade if you decide to move to
Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate operating
systems. Windows Vista Ultimate is available for the
tx1000 in 64-bit as well. I'd like to see the Windows
Vista 64-bit operating system included on all 64-bit machines.