I’ve been playing with the HP tx2051z eval that Warner brought with him, and I have to say I’m even more impressed with it than I was at CES 2008. The touch experience, combined with the Wacom active digitizer, is really, really good.
Like the Lenovo X61 MultiView / MultiTouch Tablet PC, it does have a very thin layer on top of the screen to provide the touch experience. However, it is a much better touch experience than the X61. It is as soft and accurate as the Latitude XT. Not including the upcoming multi-touch support, the Latitude XT does have a couple of edges: Auto Mode – being able to manually turn touch on / off at will; and, the screen on the XT is also much clearer, brighter, and has a wider viewing angle than the tx2051z.
That said, the tx2051z is priced at $1700 for a 2.4 ghz machine with 4 gb of RAM – a full $799 cheaper than a 1.06 ghz Dell Latitude XT. A person interested in the tx2051z couldn’t go wrong at all. In fact, it would be a very good purchase.
Warner and I are going to film a head-to-head InkShow between the XT and the tx2051z tomorrow night, and aim to publish it within the next week. So, stay tuned so you can make your own comparisons.