HP TouchSmart tm2-1010ea review

  • £864

A convertible tablet laptop packed with features and touch-friendly software

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Dedicated and integrated GPUs
  • Sensitive touchscreen
  • Good bundled software

Against

  • TouchSmart software unresponsive
  • Touchpad
  • Performance

The HP TouchSmart tm2-1010ea is another laptop with a swivelling screen which converts into a tablet PC, much like the Fujitsu Lifebook T4410.

Its comprehensive range of software ensures the touchscreen is well supported, while portability and features are excellent.

Build quality is strong, with a solid brushed-aluminium chassis in place, although the swirling patterns that decorate the lid and interior might deter some. Portability is also strong, with a weight of just 2.1kg and 398 minutes of battery life proving the best here.

The compact chassis doesn't have a DVD drive built in, although an external USB drive is provided which includes LightScribe technology for burning labels.

Performance unfortunately falls short, with the Pentium processor lagging behind its rivals. Basic office applications run well, but more resource hungry programs grind things to a halt.

A dedicated GPU is in place, however, which offers decent graphical power for basic 3D games and photo and video editing. A low-powered integrated GPU is also in place and takes over when the laptop is running from the battery for increased lifespan.

HP touchsmart tm2 1010ea

A responsive 12.1-inch touchscreen has been used, as with the Fujitsu, and a similar stylus pen is included for more precise interaction, although only a single configurable button is located on the side.

The screen is sharp, colourful and sensitive, with the cursor moving even when the stylus tip is an inch away.

As with the Acer, the touchscreen is well supported by a host of software. Artists can create fingerpaint masterpieces with Corel Paint It! Touch, while Magic Desktop provides children with a cartoon-based interface and access to various games and child-friendly applications.

Media access

HP TouchSmart is the equivalent of Acer's TouchPortal software, providing easy access to media, as well as the webcam and internet browser. Support for Twitter and YouTube is also built in.

Unfortunately, the TouchSmart software is occasionally a little unresponsive. We found we had to press hard at times, which risks damaging the screen.

The physical keyboard and touchpad can only be used in laptop mode and, while the isolated-key style board is user-friendly, the touchpad has integrated mouse buttons that annoyingly cause the cursor to jerk when pressed.

With a strong range of touch software installed as standard, the HP TouchSmart tm2-1010ea has a sharp and well supported touchscreen display. Its solid build, incredible portability and impressive features round off this strong contender, making it a worthy award winner.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet PC
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 4550
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Finger Print ReaderYes
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyTouchSmart tm2-1000
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor ModelSU4100
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameHP
Form FactorConvertible
Processor Speed1.30 GHz
Processor TypePentium
Screen Size30.7 cm (12.1")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.15 kg
Cache2 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Labeling TechnologyLightScribe
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 512 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyBrightView
DigitizerYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Height39.6 mm
Width304 mm
Depth222 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Seriestm2-1000
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product Modeltm2-1010ea
Product NameTouchSmart tm2-1010ea Tablet PC
Product LineTouchSmart
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberVY569EA#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

The HP TouchSmart tm2-1010ea VY569EA Tablet PC gives you the versatility to touch, draw or type. Enjoy a sophisticated convertible design, and outstanding graphics performance. It perfectly blends style with practicality. You'll make a statement with the aluminium chassis and engraved illustration, plus get a full-sized keyboard and 12.1" display that are easy to use and compact to carry.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Package Contents
  • TouchSmart tm2-1010ea Tablet PC
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • HP Design Matching Protective Sleeve
  • External SATA Optical Drive
  • Stylus
  • Limited Warranty1 Year