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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 DASQ on 11/20/2008 11:48:18 AM , Rating: 2
Are you some kind of caveman? You don't like two button mice?

Good Lord do you also shun 'high speed' internet?


RE: Yeah but Apple will still be first
By foolsgambit11 on 11/20/2008 2:42:05 PM , Rating: 2
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Someone's going to have to do something pretty special to get me away from using my more than one buttoned

That sentence, while a little awkward, obviously means that he likes using mice with more than one button. As in, two or more buttons. He (or maybe she and lesbian, I don't know, but s/he has a wife - maybe from California?) was being inclusive, and didn't want to exclude 3-, 4-, 5-, or n-button mice (n>=2).

Nothing in that sentence suggests he doesn't like two-button mice. Only that he doesn't like one-buttoned mice.


By 306maxi on 11/20/2008 5:26:48 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. I was clumsy with my English on purpose.

I was going to say two buttoned mouse but then I realised my G9 has a lot more than 2 buttons and so do most other people's mice.


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