Are Touchscreen Notebooks the Wave of the Future?

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News Posted: Wed, May 23 2012 10:18 AM
We're on the homestretch of Windows 7 being Microsoft's flagship operating system for consumers, and in a matter of months, Windows 8 will roll into view with its Metro UI sitting in the driver's seat. Microsoft appears to have built Windows 8 with a ginormous emphasis on touchscreen computing, which is great for tablets and all-in-one desktops, but what about laptops?

Well, according to DigiTimes and its "sources from the upstream supply chain," Asus and Acer are gung-ho to launch touchscreen laptops. More than just a trial run for these two companies, DigiTimes says touchscreen laptops are expected to account for 10 percent of all notebook shipments by Asus and Acer by the end of the year.

While Asus and Acer are taking a particularly aggressive approach in embracing touchscreen computing on-the-go, they aren't the only companies that will push Metro-friendly laptops. Both Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo recently started developing touchscreen laptops.

As you can imagine, these notebooks will carry a higher price tag than their non-touch brethren. According to DigiTimes, adding a touchscreen panel to a 13-inch notebook increases the bill of materials (BOM) by around $75, and jacks up end-user pricing by twice that much. For 15-inch laptops, the BOM jumps $82 and the end-user price increases by $164.
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JDiaz replied on Thu, May 24 2012 1:49 AM

The push isn't just for adding Touch Screens, they're also adding sensors we would normally only associate with being standard on say Smart Phones. While alternate system designs are also starting to be pushed.

Like the Hybrid design that Asus Transformers are now famous for and sliding type convertible that simply let the screen stay on top when in the closed position and can then be used like a slate.

Mind there are also competitive technologies like MS Kinect and similar motion sensor based control schemes.

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OSunday replied on Thu, May 24 2012 8:31 AM

I honestly think that would be a bad move by Asus, HP Lenovo and Acer.

I think Windows 8 is going to flop, the Metro UI destroys the experience Windows users have come to know and love so investing so much in hardware for an unappealing software isn't a smart move.

I personally don't want a Windows Mobile like OS on my desktop (or even smartphone for that matter) and think Windows 7 is the most practical, feature filled, enjoyable operating system for personal and professional use.

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