Beats Apple to the punch.
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.