Windows 8 is so touch-oriented that using it on computer without a touchscreen is – while possible – not nearly as much fun or efficient. PC makers have been scrambling to get touchscreen systems ready for the Windows 8 launch, so it’s no surprise that Acer’s new All-In-Ones have touch screens. Acer also announced touchscreen displays for people who are upgrading existing desktops to Windows 8.
The Acer Aspire 5600U and 7600U all-in-one PCs include 23-inch and 27-inch touchscreens, respectively, and offer improved support for reclining (up to 80 degrees) to make them more comfortable for users who use the touch capabilities often. The screens have 1920 by 1080 resolutions. Inside, both systems feature a 3.1GHz Intel Core i5 3210M processor and up to 8GB of memory. The 7600U AIO has discrete Nvidia GT 640M graphics and a Blu-ray drive.
The Acer T232HL (23 inches) and the T272HL (27 inches) displays have IPS technology and 1920 x 1080 resolutions. Acer says that the viewing angles are up to 178 degrees and can be relined up to 60 degrees. The displays work with Windows 8 on new computers and older computers that have been upgraded to Windows 8. The screens have built-in speakers and three USB 3.0 ports.
As with all of the systems created for Windows 8, these devices are available on October 26th, when Window 8 launches. The Aspire 5600U AIO starts at $1,149 ($999.99 for the non-touchscreen model) and the Aspire 7600U AIO starts at $1,899. The Acer T232HL display starts at $499, while the 27-inch T272HL starts at $699.