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Jewish World Review
March 16, 2007
/ 26 Adar, 5767
Perky, Perfect Portable
Starting at just under $1,300, the Hewlett Packard Pavilion tx 1000
is a perky, near-perfect portable and, yes, I'm using near-perfect” for
two weeks running. But just as impressive the Apple Inc. iMac was as a
desktop computer, the HP Pavilion tx 1000 shines as an on-the-go portable.
Neither computer is for everyone, but the Pavilion might well fit your
needs quite nicely.
HP is billing the unit as an entertainment notebook, which means that
the Altec Lansing speakers, the DVD-playing software, and enhanced
music-play features are a compliment to the raw computing power this model
delivers. As tested, my unit featured a 2 Gigaherz AMD Turion64 x2
processor, and 2 Gigabytes of RAM, atop a 150 Gigabyte hard disc drive and
alongside a DVD-RW optical drive, which can be removed to save weight. The
display is 12.1 inches in diameter, but features the widescreen layout
conducive to watching DVD movies and working with the included Microsoft
Windows Vista Home Premium operating system.
Other useful components are a built-in Web camera and microphone, useful
for online chats, Bluetooth and 802.11n connections, and a fingerprint
reader, of which more in a moment. Oh, and the screen can pivot to make
this a Tablet PC, which I'll also get back to shortly. Altogether, the
configuration I tested was closer to $1,999 in price than $1,300.
As is, the computer weighs about 4.5 pounds walking around, noticeably
lighter than some portables and certainly not burdensome in my briefcase.
It may not be the thinnest and lightest computer I've used, but it's
The Tablet PC feature is nice, and worth having, I believe. In Tablet
mode, a stylus usually replaces the keyboard and mouse for input; here,
you could also use a fingernail or the soft end of a pencil, perhaps.
Having alternative means of input beyond the stylus is good, in case the
latter is ever lost or misplaced. Tablet-friendly applications such as
FranklinCovey's PlanPlus for Windows work quite nicely on this unit.
So do regular Windows applications such as Microsoft Office or
OpenOffice.org's Writer word processor, as well as Web browsers such as
Internet Explorer 7 and Mozilla Firefox. The horsepower of this computer,
as tested, comes in quite handy, I believe. My only gripe with this
computer's configuration is with the hard disk drive; I wish it were
larger. I also wish the right-side keyboard shift key were larger; my
finger kept hitting the up arrow key, something a tad annoying.
I'm also a bit baffled by the fingerprint scanner, which is designed to
work with included software that supposedly stores all your online
passwords and logs you into secure Websites such as online banking
and the like. In practice, I couldn't get the thing to work properly. My
advice: avoid it. In fact, if I were hanging on to this machine, I'd junk
the fingerprint program, if at all possible.
One very pleasant surprise is the built-in mouse pad, a dimpled bit of
the computer's case which is very functional, and very accurate in terms
of tracking. I've not seen this kind of implementation before, and it's
not only cute, but it also works.
Overall, the HP Pavilion tx 1000 is a great little computer, a good
on-the-go accomplice. Having Windows Vista as the operating system seems
nice; in almost a week of heavy use, I didn't notice any great problems.
If I were buying a portable, I'd give this serious consideration. Details
online at www.hp.com.
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