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The multi-touch computer is HP's first foray into multi-touch notebooks

Hewlett-Packard has introduced a new laptop computer with multi-touch technology, a first time attempt at a multi-touch system for the computer giant.

The TouchSmart tx2 laptop lets owners use hand motions instead of using a keyboard or mouse while manipulating photos, images, music and other applications.  

HP's tx2 weighs 5 lbs. and ships with Microsoft Windows Vista, 12.1-in. LED screen, rechargeable digital ink pen, and is powered using the AMD Turion X2 Ultra dual-core processor.

Multi-touch technology has been made popular by the Apple iPhone and other similar handhelds.  In fact, some analysts and Apple backers expected Steve Jobs and Apple to be the first company to release a Mac laptop with multi-touch features.

Asus initially beat HP to the punch with a multi-touch notebook PC, but the tx2's screen is able to pivot, while the Asus offering cannot.

"Breezing through web sites and enjoying photos or video at the tap, whisk or flick of a finger is an entirely new way to enjoy digital content on a notebook PC," said Ted Clark, HP's Notebook Global Business Unit VP and general manager.  "With the introduction of the TouchSmart tx2, HP is providing users an easier, more natural way to interact with their PCs, and furthering touch innovation."

The tx2 supports the following different modes:  PC, display and tablet, and users can use a stylus to write on to the screen in tablet mode.  The screen can pivot 180 degrees so someone sitting across the table can easily look at the screen.

Microsoft doesn't plan on including touch technology into Windows until Window 7, which is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2010.

The HP TouchSmart tx2 is available immediately with a starting price of $1,149.

HP's latest laptop release comes shortly after the company announced it saw a large rise in profits over the same period last year.  Despite falling to No. 2 in the U.S. computer market to Dell, its fourth-quarter revenue increased 19 percent up to $33.6B at a time when other companies are struggling.

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RE: Yeah but Apple will still be first
By wordsworm on 11/20/2008 10:11:05 AM , Rating: 1
more than one buttoned mouse

I've not used a 2 button mouse in ages. I just recently bought a logitech laser wireless mouse, and it's really great. It works on just about anything, unlike the old optical.

At work I've got an optical, maybe I should replace it with this four-button-laser mouse, what do you think?

RE: Yeah but Apple will still be first
By Diesel Donkey on 11/20/2008 11:05:45 AM , Rating: 2
I've struggled with those "mighty" mice, and I just cannot get a reliable right click out of them. Maybe I'm just not well enough practiced, but when I tried one I could only get about 1 of 5 right clicks to register.

By mmntech on 11/20/2008 11:54:32 AM , Rating: 3
They are horrible. Apple has not released a good mouse in years. However, any USB mouse will work on a Mac. You don't need to use their Apple branded stuff. OS X fully does support two button mice in the same way Windows does. You'd be surprised how many people don't know that. I'm not sure why they've insisted on keeping the one button design. It is easier for laptops since there's no tendency to hit the wrong button, but not for desktop systems.

RE: Yeah but Apple will still be first
By B3an on 11/20/2008 11:05:39 PM , Rating: 3
A FOUR button laser mouse for Mac? Wow that must be really confusing for you Mac users. $69 too, so cheap.

As a PC user i'm really jealous! It's not like we can get a Logitech G5 with 7 buttons, superior performance, fits hand better, and less $.

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