Multitouch HP Touchsmart tx2 laptop gets thumbs up

HP already does a line in sharp–looking, if somewhat hulking, touchscreen desktops. So it's no surprise that they're taking the much–hyped

Billed, somewhat erroneously, as the world's "first multitouch enabled consumer laptop" (Dell's Latitude XT tablet takes that marketing flimflam title), the new TouchSmart tx2 is certainly something to behold. Packing in the same touchscreen knowhow as its bigger brothers, it comes rocking a 12.1in swivel display, which lets you caress your snaps and flick through tunes without having to resort to the keyboard.

Somewhat worryingly there's a "digital pen" (read stylus) bundled, in case all that touching gets you a bit hot under the collar. Still, we'll forgive them that seeing as the specs run to a fingerprint reader, Bluetooth, 5–in–1 card reader, DVD burner, VGA, an AMD Turion processor and ATI Radeon graphics.

HP says you'll be able to get your hands on one from January 2009 for the not unreasonable hit of £799. We'll be getting our very own model soon, so keep it locked for video and a full review. In the meantime, check out our thoughts on the killer TouchSmart IQ500.


HP TouchSmart tx2

Price: £799

On sale: January 2009

Contact: HP