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HP launches first consumer tablet

HP has taken its first step into the consumer-tablet PC market with the launch of its new Pavilion tx1000 Entertainment Notebook PC.

Information Technology giant HP has taken its first step into the consumer-tablet PC market with the launch of its new Pavilion tx1000 Entertainment Notebook PC.

“At HP we are continually striving to provide our customers with new, innovative PCs that allow integrated mobility, performance and technology features. The tx1000 tablet PC is the perfect convergence of these features with brilliant entertainment and multimedia applications,” explained Elena Danici, category manager for HP PSG Middle East’s consumer products.

Tablet PCs are essentially laptops that feature swivel-capable touch-screen LCDs. These screens can be used as normal laptop screen when working or viewing multimedia content and can also be turned around for close-quarters presentation use. Once folded flat, like a slate, a user can also use the supplied stylus with a tablet PC’s touch-screen, to jot down notes for example.

Up until the launch of the tx1000 yesterday, HP only produced tablet machines for business use, such as the tc4400. The tx1000 however integrates business-friendly features, such as a built-in biometric fingerprint scanner, along with consumer-friendly options such as a 1.3 megapixel webcam, wireless remote control and wireless LAN support. The PC also boasts a 12.1” LCD screen, weighs 1.9kg and ships with Windows Vista Home Premium edition.

The tx1000 is already on sale in stores around the Middle East with an asking price of US $1634. HP’s own extended warranty and service option - Care Pack - can be purchased as an extra for approximately $135.

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