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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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By afkrotch on 11/20/2008 12:56:09 PM , Rating: 2
I don't understand this need for touch on some devices. For a tablet, it makes sense. For those large smartboards, it makes sense. For just a regular notebook, it makes absolutely no sense.

The multi-touch for this HP tablet, I'll give it the thumbs up for adding multi-touch, but I don't see it bringing much to the table. At least for me. Maybe I'm not inventive enough or not thinking outside the box.

I know if I had a need for a tablet, I'd probably be walking around holding it in one hand, while the other hand is holding a stylus writing on it. My hand would probably fck up everything with the multi-touch, as my hand would be sitting on the screen. That's why I like these HP tablets we have at work. Only the stylus can trigger movements on the screen and the screen is a glass like surface, so having my hand on it won't degrade the screen in anyway.

RE: Why?
By masher2 on 11/20/2008 1:28:58 PM , Rating: 2
> "For just a regular notebook, it makes absolutely no sense"

I disagree. Most notebooks already use touch technology, via a secondary touchpad. Integrating that on screen is, for most people, a substantial boost in ergonomics. . . especially if you're using the notebook in an environment where you can't connect an external mouse.

When I'm mobile, most of my laptop usage is keyboard oriented anyway. Having a touch screen to allow me to click the occasional button or link is faster and more intuitive than a touchpad.

RE: Why?
By afkrotch on 11/20/2008 1:59:15 PM , Rating: 2
The touchpad requires a hell of a lot less movement than a touchscreen. I also meant to say touchscreen in my first post.

I find the touchscreen on a regular notebook to be far more cumbersome than a touchpad. I usually use my hands to type and when I need to make a movement on the screen, I drop my thumb down and move it that way. Most touchpads on notebooks are right there.

This keeps me from having to move my whole arm to click on something. I also don't need to reposition my hands to get back to typing. Also get better controlled clicks with a touchpad verses something that tries to read the feeling from a finger. Good luck trying to resize a window.

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