HP upgrades TouchSmart tm2 to Core i3 and i5 processorsBy Matthew DeCarlo
HP has quietly brought its TouchSmart tm2 up to speed with Intel's latest processors, ditching the dated ultra low voltage Core 2 Duo SU7300 for newer Core i3 and i5 parts. Kicking off at $830, the base machine is powered by the 1.2GHz i3-330UM and integrated Intel graphics, while an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450 costs another $50. Similarly, the i5-430UM can be had for $75 more than the starting price, or it can be paired with the HD 5450 for $125.
The 12.1-inch LED-backlit multitouch display comes in one resolution - 1280x800 - while other configurable specs include 4GB, 6GB or 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 320GB, 500GB or 640GB of storage, an external DVD or Blu-ray drive, Bluetooth, and it can be preloaded with either Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional.
There aren't any surprises on the I/O front, with connectivity spanning the usual USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and VGA-out, and a multi-card reader. Systems are readily available for ordering, and the sub-5lb tm2 ships with a six-cell battery, which promises to keep the lights on for up to six hours.