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HP Pavilion TX1030EA laptop

£899 inc VAT

Manufacturer: HP

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

This Vista laptop is a bit different: the Pavilion comes with a touchscreen display that allows you to fire up applications with a few taps.

Elsewhere in our reviews section, we've taken a look at a quintet of everyday Vista laptops. This one is a bit different.

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Like the TouchSmart IQ770, the Pavilion comes with a touchscreen display that allows you to fire up applications with a few taps. You get a stylus and a tiny remote control, or you can just use your finger to start up the HP's many functions.

There's a dedicated button to launch the HP QuickPlay interface, allowing single-touch access to the audio recorder, image browser and media player. Further buttons control music and film playback - but these should have been larger for ease of selection.

The responsiveness of the touchscreen was quite disappointing, often requiring a few repeated taps with a finger, although the stylus is more effective. The TouchSmart IQ770 benefits from a much larger viewing area, and its technology seemed more accurate at detecting responses.

The Pavilion has another innovation up its sleeve: the 12.1in screen can swivel through 360 degrees, enabling you to turn it around, close the lid and use the laptop as a normal tablet PC. It's also easy to find the ideal viewing angle for a film. This feature is valuable, since the screen isn’t of the best quality - images could be slightly difficult to make out at certain angles. Indeed, text wasn't really crisp enough in general.

The laptop's specifications are fairly solid. AMD's Turion dual-core processor is powerful enough to run applications smoothly, 120GB should be plenty of storage space and the 5-in-1 media slot is useful. We also liked the dual headphone jacks.

Click here to read our review of Windows Vista.

HP Pavilion Laptop TX1030EA Expert Verdict »

1.8GHz AMD Turion 64 X2
Windows Vista Home Premium
120GB hard drive
12.1in 1,200x800 display
128MB nVidia GeForce Go 6150 graphics card
8x/8x/8x/2.4x/4x/4x/5x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM) 24x/24x/10x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW)
1-year, collect-and-return warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 6 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The HP Pavilion TX1000 is a nice concept whose interface makes everyday tasks easy and enjoyable. But the most innovative features don't work as well as they might - the versatile screen, for example, suffers from imperfect image quality, while the touchscreen technology is less effective than on the TouchSmart.

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