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Review: HP Pavilion TX2520: AMD Puma on a tablet notebook

by Tarinder Sandhu on 22 September 2008, 08:45

Tags: Pavilion TX2520, Hewlett Packard (NYSE:HPQ)

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Specifications and thoughts



HP Pavilion TX2520
Processor AMD Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80 (2.1GHz, 2x 1MB L2 cache, dual-core)
Motherboard Quanta (HP) 780G
Memory 3GB PC6400 in dual-channel mode - DDR2-805
Hard disk(s) Western Digital 250GB, 5,400RPM, 8MiB cache
Display/TFT 12.1in WXGA (1,280x800) - tablet PC
Graphics hardware ATI Radeon HD 3200 IGP (500MHz/800MHz)
Optical drive HL GSA-T30L, includes dual-layer support
Sound Realtek HD audio
Modem Motorola 56k
Networking hardware 1x 10/100/1000, Realtek RTL8168C Ethernet
Broadcom 4322AG 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi
Ports and connectors 3x USB2.0, D-sub, ExpressCard34, RJ45 (LAN), modem, 7-pin mini-DIN, Expansion 3
Mic-in, headphone-out, S/PDIF headphone, infrared
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium SP1, 32-bit
Notable extras Built-in card-reader (SD, MMC, MS, MSPro, xD)
Fingerprint reader
1.3MP webcam
Tablet screen
Altec Lansing speakers
Weight 2.1kg with 6-cell battery. 2.3kg with also-bundled 8-cell battery
Dimensions 306mm x 224mm x 38mm (W x L x H)
Warranty One year
Price £699



HP's Pavilion TX2520 is a tablet PC that's geared towards multimedia- and entertainment-related usage. Based around the full Puma platform, comprising of an Turion X2 Ultra CPU and on-board Radeon HD 3200 graphics, the 12.1in notebook tips the scales at just over 2kg, including 6-cell battery.

The processing power is derived from the 2.1GHz-clocked ZM-80, equipped with 2MB L2 cache, and HP also offers the same notebook with an RM-70 (2.0GHz, non-Ultra, 1MB L2 cache) and ZM-82 (2.2GHz) processors. The Ultras scale to 2.4GHz (ZM-86), however.

HP has outfitted the notebook with two DIMMs - 2GB+1GB - that run in dual-channel mode at 805MHz. The 12.1in touch-screen is a tablet, meaning that it can be swivelled around and be written on using active-digitiser technology.

There are no discrete graphics on this model, and all the power emanates from the Radeon HD 3200 graphics from the M780G chipset. The graphics are substantially better than we've seen from Intel in the recent past, and they support high-definition decode as well as DX10 gaming. The core is clocked in at a desktop-matching 500MHz and memory bandwidth is taken from the system's, so 805MHz. Note, though, that the interface is a paltry 32-bit, leading to just 3.2GB/s of bandwidth.

Common to most Puma laptops, Gigabit LAN is augmented by 802.11n (draft) WiFi, provided by an eclectic range of vendors. AMD encourages what it terms an open policy for implementing next-generation wireless technology.

Altec Lansing speakers give a nod to the entertainment bent of the Pavilion TX2520, but the rest of it's pretty standard fare.