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Will Windows 8 drive sales of touchscreen notebooks?

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    Will Windows 8 drive sales of touchscreen notebooks?


    As if everyone didn't already know.. the answer to that one that is!

    Will Windows 8 drive sales of touchscreen notebooks?


    By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    April 3, 2012, 11:45am PDT


    Summary: Notebooks were never designed for you to go touching the screen, and trying to retrofit touchscreen technology onto them will need more innovative thinking than just replacing the panel.


    Intel is hoping that Windows 8 will drive the sales of touchscreen notebooks. Iím not convinced.




    Touchscreen technology on a desktop or notebook PC is one of those things that sounds great in theory, but when you try to put it into practice you realize that it doesnít really work as well as youíd expect for a variety of reasons. For now, letís ignore desktops and consider the problems with touch technology exclusively on notebook systems.


    The first issue is one that ZDNetís James Kendrick points out in his piece - reaching over a keyboard to touch a screen is just not a comfortable configuration. It would be fine for the odd touch here and there, but whoís going to spend the big bucks on a touchscreen notebook only to use it occasionally?
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    I'd love a good hybrid. But the Levovos are too expensive and the Dell Inspiron Duo has an Atom.

    which may be OK, IDK.
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    Actually, the lenovo Ideapad Yoga may be my next laptop, depending on price.
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    Well, to me, I would consider a touchscreen laptop as one of my mobile PC options.

    I'm waiting to see if ASUS, preferably, releases a Windows slate with an AMD Trinity series APU that has a slide out keyboard, almost becoming a small AIO PC. I could probably ditch using a mouse on that, as Windows 8 expands on 7's touch gestures and offers new touch gestures to interact with new PC devices.
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    I added a 3 button trackball mouse in with the ac adapter and cooling pad for an HP 7 laptop I bought for someone. The touch pads and buttons they use on various laptops stink to start with!

    The main thing about touch screen displays using a keyboard onscreen is the constant use would shorten the life of the lcd itself! Different people are obviously going to pushing on the screens harder then others. At least if you break something on a usb keyboard you can add on the one included is still good!

    For a desktop with dual displays here reaching out at arm's length would be tedious enough. On a portable for web browsing or a fast look up of something a touchscreen option speeds up the access while typing text for example would become quite a bit tiresome with the onscreen keyboard taking up a good deal of screen space to begin with.

    On the other hand if you a regular hand held user for the IdiotPads or other "not so smart" phones touchscreen is the norm! For the first time pc user the touchscreen option could easily be the attraction. But how about for the long time PC/Windows user?

    In the end result you will likely see the mobile application of 8 being it's strong point for sales over desktop application with the initial reactions seen so far. Someone looking for a new laptop in the next year or so would be considering what 8 offers. That would be the someone looking for something totally new that is!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    That would be the someone looking for something totally new that is!
    Right, exactly. Here's the problem (for the industry I mean): Granny's old P4 browses and e-mails just fine. Average man Joe's old desktop does these things just fine too. Unless you're a gamer, video enthusiast or use the pc in some similar way, you don't have any reason at all to upgrade hardware.

    So the industry thinks long and hard and it is a shame the best they can come up with is this touch gimmick. The future? This is regression. Where is the progress here, for the power user or the granny? I mean REAL progress - there really is none.

    Microsoft likes to call this Windows 8 "reimagining" computing. It's nothing but a sham to get people that have no need to buy something new to do so, while there should instead, be some super awesome for real gotta have it because it really is the evolution of computing - something new for all to see and it can't be denied...as in can't be denied that Windows 7 was great. We need the next step. Not the gimmick.

    This post is all about why Windows 8 is the new Vista. It's an operating system designed to get people to fork over hard earned cash for unnecessary hardware.
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    Microsoft is big, but fortunes change - if it does not reinvent itself - by pushing technology as it has done since the first IBM PC ran MS-DOS - it will get left behind, like IBM itself did.
    And Microsoft has done a splendid job, not only creating vast wealth for itself, but also creating opportunities for anyone who has put their ideas into code or hardware or support to make the PC better and more useful.
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    Indeed


    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    So the industry thinks long and hard and it is a shame the best they can come up with is this touch gimmick. The future? This is regression. Where is the progress here, for the power user or the granny? I mean REAL progress - there really is none.
    I'm surprised they didn't jump on the 3D bandwagon.
    Just think how much fun we could have, playing "Whack-a-Mole" in 3D, whilst trying to set up the Metro "cubes".

    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    This post is all about why Windows 8 is the new Vista. It's an operating system designed to get people to fork over hard earned cash for unnecessary hardware.
    Agreed.
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    No touching tho' - Windows 8 3D Metro (WinLEGO for short) uses Kinect only.
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    not really sure what MS is thinking, windows 8 requires 5 point touchscreen technology to work completely correct, as we talk there isn't one viable 5-point touchscreen on the market right now, kind of scary.

    I need to replace my standard 24" lcd because of a screen flaw and wanted to get a touchscreen, but everything right now on the market is 2-point technology and not up fully to windows 8 standards for touchscreens, ,oh well.
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