HP Pavilion tx2500z Series (5 out of 5)
HP’s Pavilion tx2500z series of tablet PC’s are a killer line-up of highly rated machines packed to the brim with features. The base price is currently $899.99, though the recommended configuration puts the price at $1107.99. Given the features and reliability of the HP brand name, that’s very good value for money.
This series comes as standard with an 8x DVD burner, wireless connectivity, 160-320 GB hard drive, ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, 1-4 GB RAM, and much more, plus it is backed by a full one-year warranty from HP. It is only available with Windows Vista Home or Business preinstalled.
Some people may be put off by the 12.1” screen on this computer because most other notebooks have at least a 14 or 15 inch monitor, but you have to remember that this is a tablet PC. Instead of a regular display, it’s a 12.1” touchscreen. It has a max resolution of 1280 x 800 in widescreen format. Like most other touchscreen monitors, this one has a protective covering thicker than most regular monitors, so it may look a little different up close.
I was very impressed to find this computer’s onboard video using the ATI Radeon HD 3200 chipset, which allows it to produce HDTV quality images. The only downside with all onboard video is that it has to share video memory with the system. If you buy this system with the full 4 gigs of ram, you’ll have to give a portion of that memory over to the video. If it is any consolation, this computer will play a lot of recent computers games.
I have been a fan of AMD processors for many years and have owned a variety of them. I firmly believe that if it were not for the competition created by AMD and their very comparable processors, computers would be a lot more expensive than what they are now. I have never had a single problem with any of the AMD processors I’ve used, and I think they are just as good as Intel ones, especially because they do the same thing for less money. The tx2500z series offers five different choices in AMD Turion Dual-Core and Ultra Dual-Core processors, ranging from 2.0 to 2.4 gigahertz.
I did some online research on message boards and tech support forums for the HP Pavilion tx2500z series, and it seems that most user complaints stem from Windows Vista, and were not necessarily about the machine itself. I did read a few complaints about the screen being too glossy, but that’s mainly because it is a tablet PC and a lot of them look that way because of the protective coating over the screen.
For more information, check out the Pavilion tx2500z series on HP.com.
Pavilion tx2500z Series