HP has unveiled the TouchSmart tx2 - its firstmulti-touch convertible laptop for consumers.

The HP TouchSmart tx2 uses multi-touch technology allowing users to manipulate videos, music and photos using a stylus or multiple fingers. By recognising input from more than one finger at a time, multiple gestures - such as flicking, pinching and rotating - can be used to control the laptop.

HP TouchSmart tx2 The TouchSmart tx2 also has a twisting hinge attaching the display screen, which means the laptop can be used as a PC, a tablet and a display.

The product also includes a rechargeable digital ink pen that can be used to write or draw on the screen, and then the handwriting can be converted into typed text.

This is not HP's first foray into touchscreen computers - the company already offers the HP TouchSmart computer, which features a touch sensitive screen. The original TouchSmart series includes all-in-one desktop PCs that are all screen, not unlike the latest Apple iMac.

The HP TouchSmart tx2 will be available in the UK in January 2009 for £799.

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