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HP TouchSmart tm2-2050us 12.1-inch Touchscreen Ultraportable Laptop PC

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HP TouchSmart tm2 12.1-inch Touchscreen Ultraportable Laptop PC

HP TouchSmart tm2

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The Bottom Line

Sep 13 2010 - With a price of roughly $900, the HP TouchSmart tm2-2050us is a very affordable option for those looking at an ultraportable laptop that can also double as a tablet PC. Performance is solid thanks to the new Core i3 ultra-low voltage processor and it has a surprisingly larger hard drive. It isn't without its faults though including a touchscreen that is very glossy that can be difficult to see in certain light and a battery pack that adds a bit too much bulk.
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Pros

  • Covertible Touchscreen Display
  • Good Performance
  • Lots Of Storage Space

Cons

  • TouchSmart Software Tends To Slow Down System
  • A Bit Bulky For 12-inch Laptop
  • Glossy Screen Very Distracting When Using It As A Tablet

Description

  • Intel Core i3-330UM Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 640GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 12.1" WXGA (1280x800) LED Backlit Touchscreen Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Three USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
  • 12.8" x 9.1" x 1.2" @ 4.2 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, TouchSmart, Works, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - HP TouchSmart tm2-2050us 12.1-inch Touchscreen Ultraportable Laptop PC

Sep 13 2010 - The HP TouchSmart tm2-2050us isn't the first revision of this convertible laptop from the company. Essentially it is a reworked corporate laptop that is a bit more consumer friendly. This revision receives the new Intel Core i3 ultra-low voltage dual core mobile processor. This provides it with a good level of performance without using a significant amount of power. This combined with the 4GB of memory allows the system to provide a very responsive experience in most cases.

Most ultraportable laptops tend to come with 320GB hard drives with some moving up to the 500GB size. HP tops all of these systems by providing the TouchSmart tm2-2050us with a very large 640GB drive that provides plenty of space for applications, data and media files. Like many others, it does not come with a DVD drive but this is becoming much less of an issue with digital media distribution.

The 12.1-inch display features a capacitive touchscreen that can be used either with one's finger or the including stylus. The picture is quite bright and has wide viewing angles. It isn't always easy to see though because of the glossy coating used. This was very problematic when using it in tablet mode and one's finger on the touchscreen. Fingerprint buildup and glare can make it very difficult to see. Using the stylus is probably the preferred method. The input is responsive which is certainly a benefit.

What sets the TouchSmart tm2 apart from other touchscreen laptops is HP's TouchSmart software. This really adds a lot of functionality for a touchscreen interface over the standard Windows 7 touch features. The downside is that the programs seem to slow down the overall response time of the system compared to other applications and especially compared to their desktop TouchSmart offerings. Hopefully this can be corrected by software updates.

One of the biggest issues with the design of the TouchSmart tm2 is the battery. The six-cell battery pack causes a significant bulge in the back bottom portion of the laptop just below the hinge. HP likely did this to provide a better hand hold when using in tablet mode but it would be nice to see this slimmed down a bit. In terms of running time, the 6-cell battery pack does a fairly good job. In video streaming rundown tests, the laptop was able to run roughly four and a quarter hours before going into standby mode. This should yield a little more than five hours in more typical usage. This is less than many other laptops based on the new Core i3 ultra low processors but still a decent running time.

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