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HP TouchSmart tx2 Packs Multi-Touch Screen


HP TouchSmart tx2 Packs Multi-Touch Screen

We all know that multi-touch rocks, so to say that hearing HP has packed the feature into its TouchSmart tx2 has piqued our interest is something of an understatement. We weren't particularly enamoured with the touch screen on the HP Pavilion tx2050ea we reviewed, so it will be interesting to see what enhancements multi-touch brings to the mix.

Importantly the tx2 features a capacitive screen (as per the Dell Latitude XT) capable of tracking two independent points of contact. Indeed the Latitude XT offered multi-touch functionality, too, but HP also has its MediaSmart software suite which is tailored to take advantage of the multi-touch input and, as such, offers functionality that might otherwise be unavailable.

We've already shown off the sort of applications HP has on offer in their single-input guide in Andy's TouchSmart IQ500 hands-on preview. The difference now is that those actions that were a bit clumsy without being able to use two hands (or fingers), now shouldn't be - simple, really.

Interested parties can splash out £799 on a system once available in January next year.


November 19, 2008, 6:23 pm

The touchsmart PC's are multi-touch capable as well you know, the screens that are used are NextWindows an they are capable of tracking two points at the same time, but there arent any drivers yet.


hopefully some drivers will be released soon if this laptop is on its way!

Alan Downes

November 19, 2008, 9:48 pm

Mutitouch on a PC Screen.... Wow....

Come to think of it. Its not integrated into the OS is it? So a third party app will be required to get it to work. There may well be software compatibility issues, support from other vendors could be required to get it to work with different Apps? Actually, the excitement is over, I'll wait for Apple's version I think, or simply do without.


November 19, 2008, 11:30 pm

wow... &#163799? it better be a quick machine


November 20, 2008, 2:46 am

Alan Downes said - Come to think of it. Its not integrated into the OS is it?

Hi - to answer your question yes of sorts... XP supports one touch point and Vista supports two. Microsofts only commercial multi touch (ie. more than 2) offering is Surface.

HP - aside from the capacitive screen those specs are of a laptop from 2005......seriously HP


March 30, 2009, 5:19 pm

Guys, I just bought this laptop and have had to send it back. The digitizer isn't made by Wacom, it's made by a company called N-Trig, and its driver DOES NOT SUPPORT the Wintab API, which is used by the vast majority of graphics programs to determine pressure levels. In effect, if you buy this laptop, you will not be able to use pen pressure levels with Photoshop, the Gimp or most other programs - Artrage seems to be one of the few programs with which pressure levels work. No reviewer seems to have picked this up - TR team, if you do review this laptop, please take this issue into account. I'd say the majority of Tablet PC users intend to use their machine with Photoshop or similar programs, so this is a serious issue.

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