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post #1 of 8
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Hey all,

I've been looking into the HP tx2z line for quite some time and am pretty set on it. I always seem to miss the random 30% off coupons that HP has from time to time, which makes getting a good deal on this that much more frustrating.

While my current laptop is a piece of garbage (Dell Inspiron 600m; 1.5Ghz Pentium M, 512MB DDR SDRAM, 40GB HDD, 32MB Radeon M 9000) and even the base specifications of the tx2z would be blazing fast to me, I would prefer to have the following components in it... if I skip some component, it either isn't changeable, or I would be absolutely fine with any of the options.

Turion X2 ZM-80 (2.10GHz, 2MB L2)
Fingerprint Reader (only because I wouldn't be able to add it if I decided I wanted it... plus it being a tablet, I figured my hands would be near the bezel frequently enough to maybe use it)
Wireless-N plus Bluetooth
8 Cell Battery (although if a model comes with a 6 Cell, I have no problem buying an 8 Cell and have a back-up)
2 Year Warranty with Accidental Damage Protection

The build through HP comes to around $1325 (also with free upgrade to 3GB RAM and 250GB HDD over 160GB HDD base) if I order it with my Academic Purchase Program... and $1450 without APP, which would make random HP coupons applicable. If a 30% coupon comes around, it would take it to $1050 (the 30% wouldn't apply to the extended warranty). Definitely a nice price, which would give me some head room to upgrade some things if I felt like it... or just buy a netbook as well. Why? Because I could at that point.

Currently, the winning option is through Newegg, where they have the tx2 offered as well. I will list the specifications here to make it easier to compare them to my requirements. Upgrades are bolded.

Turion X2 ZM-82 (2.20GHz, 2MB L2)
4GB RAM
320GB HDD
LightScribe (I honestly could care less)
Fingerprint Reader
Wireless-N plus Bluetooth
6 Cell Battery

The laptop itself comes to $1050, and if I add two-year Accidental Damage from Handling warranty, it will bring it to just over $1300 (including shipping). Add in an 8-cell battery as well and the final comes to $1425. However, the battery is offered on Amazon/Newegg for about half the price, which would bring my total to around $1375.

Since the price is so close to the more baseline build offered direct from HP, I likely won't be purchasing from HP unless I can find one of those awesome 30% off coupons. So do people know where I could get the heads up on these coupons so they don't get completely used up before I get the chance to use them? Or should I just not bother and spend $300 more on the Newegg model and get the upgrades that I don't really need but would likely appreciate?

Will likely be purchasing this once I get my tax rebate (tomorrow? supposedly), as my current laptop is dying and I need one bad to archive research data, present to the department, and all that other crazy grad school stuff.

Input? Sorry that this is kinda jumbled, been a long day. I'll edit/post again if people need clarification on stuff.
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I have to say that your post left me cold and confused. What are you asking? As you know right now there are no coupons.

I have the HP TX2510us which is similar to yours w/o the multi touch. Just ask if you have any Q's

http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/
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I was looking at the tx2500 line, but I'm a sucker for new things and am kinda hung up on the multi-touch aspect of it.

Pretty much I want to know how hard it is to get those coupons, and if it is worth it to wait for one and order the build through HP, or if I should just order it as is from Newegg... or order it as is through HP Academic so that they won't give me any issues whatsoever for the warranty process.

Sorry you're cold and confused
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Ok, so my tax refund DID come through today, meaning I am in the financial clear to make the purchase. Any suggestions from people?
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Whats your time frame? Before they fazed out the tx2500 line they had coupons all the time.

Check here for the coupons. When HP has them they go fast.
http://www.logicbuy.com/subcategoryd...5/Laptops.aspx

I will warn you that its not the fastest laptop. You also need to reinstall Vista since it is so full of bloatware. I still have to do this.
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Ehhh, my time frame got a lot shorter than I anticipated, since my Dell died on Friday. Three blue screens, three freezes at desktop, and one freeze 20 minutes into operation in the 7 boots I tried with it.

I actually did get my tax return on Friday too, so I just went and bought it then. I know that this laptop is considered "slow" in comparison to current laptops, but like I said before, I'm still used to my 1.5GHz Pentium M/512MB RAM hunk of information processing amazingness [/sarcasm]. Right now I'm using my girlfriend's Vaio VGN-FS990 (1.73GHz, 1GB RAM) and I'm actually thinking it's fast. A 2.2GHz Turion X2 with 4GB RAM should be insane to me.

Anyway... about reinstalling Vista... there wasn't a restore disc option for the Newegg model, at least I don't think there is. What kind of process will I have to go through to get past all that bloatware while keeping all the drivers and important stuff? It's been a while since I've had to mess with a pre-built machine, and I really don't wanna mess this tablet up as soon as I get it.

Part of me kinda wants to install Windows 7 on it and give that a try... but perhaps I'll use the HDD from my Dell to do that, so I don't kill the Vista install if I want to go back to it.
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As for Vista I am currently getting an ISO for it. It does not include a disk. You can make a recovery disk but from what I understand it will include the crapware. Check the tabletforum and there is the instructions for getting the drivers and other needed software.

As for W7 lots of people have used it on tablets and love it. I would try it but it expires so soon that I will stick with Vista till it officially comes out.
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As for Vista I am currently getting an ISO for it. It does not include a disk. You can make a recovery disk but from what I understand it will include the crapware. Check the tabletforum and there is the instructions for getting the drivers and other needed software.

As for W7 lots of people have used it on tablets and love it. I would try it but it expires so soon that I will stick with Vista till it officially comes out.
Alright, thanks
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