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How Windows 8 will shake up the laptop market

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    How Windows 8 will shake up the laptop market


    Starting October 26, laptop shoppers will be inundated with a flood of new PCs designed around Microsoft's new operating system. In fact, I've counted about 50 new laptops, tablets, hybrids, convertibles, and all-in-ones on my back-of-the-envelope list already.

    A handful of these have already been announced, a healthy chunk will be announced early in October, and the rest will simply go on sale on October 26, alongside Windows 8.

    Having seen a good number of these upcoming systems in person already, I can safely outline three big trendlines that will drive laptop and related device sales through the Windows 8 launch season and into 2013. If you're looking to buy a laptop anytime soon, keep these in mind as you dig through the dozens of upcoming new choices.

    Here's what you need to know ahead of time.


    Read more at source:
    How Windows 8 will shake up the laptop market | Reviews - Laptops - CNET Reviews

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    Hi there
    I'm not so sure if touch is really needed on a Laptop -- after all if you are just surfing the net etc then a decent smart phone will probably do just as well and is a lot more convenient.

    I need a laptop for using things like EXCEL -- would be a TOTAL nightmare to have touch on this type of app anyway.
    If I just want to watch a movie -- well for a couple of hours say between London and Brussels on a Eurostar train - again a decent smartphone works fine but I'd probably use a small laptop (not one of those 17 inch clunkers)..

    The traditional laptop isn't going away any time soon -- and now you can get small form factors like 11.5 inch screen, very thin and lightweight cases and with a decent processor (Intel I3 fine for a smallish laptop) with 8GB memory (these laptops all have two memory slots available now You've got a really decent laptop - and even better replace the internal HDD with an SSD then you've got a nice SMALL LIGHT PORTABLE useful computer with decent battery life as well .

    With a USB3 port, HDMI and VGA output and decent onboard sound modern sleek laptops are really useful again --you don't need those 17 inch monsters I see people struggling into planes with. !!

    If you don't go for the high end ultrabooks the smaller ACER series with the les power hungry I3 processor works just fine for most people's normal work.

    Tablets for me are going to be the odd devices I can't see a use for -- anytghing I would conceivable do on a tablet I use my Samsung Galaxy III s phone -screen is perfectly adequate for what I need it for -- and the rest I have the laptop.

    (Also I really have to laugh when I see people strugglinh to read an E-Book on a tablet or Ipad in bright light - especially sunlight.

    This is where the Sony / Kindle e-readers win hands down too -- as I said I can't see what possible use a tablet is in most cases if you've already got a decent computer / phone / e-reader set.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    I'm not so sure if touch is really needed on a Laptop...
    You mean you have no interest in having touch on your laptop, you can't say if it's needed based on your use alone. A hybrid laptop with touch would be useful for any business traveller. It can be used as a regular laptop when needed and on those cramped flights you just grab the display and use it as a tablet to watch a movie, read a book whatever. There are uses for them even if you don't find a use for them.
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    Convertibles and Hybrids are going to massively shake things up. It's going to change a lot of things. And we will see if Apple can even compete.

    The only down side is the technology is still really new, Main stream is going to have to help work out a lot of bugs and redesigns.

    :Tablets for me are going to be the odd devices I can't see a use for"

    I have to wholly disagree. Why do you think the Ipad is so successful. In the business world a lot of companies are starting BYOD
    The majority are bringing in Ipads. Windows 8 Pro devices are going to soon take that spot over in mass.
    When you can start running full fledged desktop software on these things. ipad won't stand a chance.


    I for one am highly excited about the next year.

    Trust me, Kindal and Nook are in trouble with the mass of people who travel. They won't need but one device for e-reading.
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    For me it all depends on how much it adds to the cost of said device. Touch would be a nice extra feature but I still want a keyboard. Having a laptop with a touch screen would be all right with me.
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    Still planning on a Surface Pro! It's small and portable, USB 3, 3rd Gen Intel processor (i3 or 5?) and can use a digital pen with left and right click buttons on it so I can use Excel, AutoCAD, and Photoshop along with the nifty red touch cover.

    I've already planned on going to my local not so best buy on October 26 and the weekend and play with EVERY new PC!!
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    The Surface looks nice but I'm leaning more towards something I could use in my lap. What I mean is, use the keyboard like you do with a laptop. To actually use the keyboard on a Surface I would think you would have to put it on a table or desk. I'm liking the ASUS hybrids with the clamshell keyboard dock. That is if I could actually afford to buy one.
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    I'm holding my reservations on the Surface Pro until I actually see the price. Sounds to me like prices will be in the ultrabook area and given a choice, I'm going to elect for the non tablet style device.

    As far as whether a surface or an Ipad will rule, I think cost will be a huge factor. I think many might buy an rt to only be saddened after the fact to see that third party software won't run on it. But many may not see the value in the additional cost of the Pro.
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    I do think there will be the sucky realization that RT won't run any software ever developed for Windows unless if the Windows RT is properly explained by the sales person. To me, the best I see it as a home and student type niche. If you're a casual user, Windows RT can suit you. If you're a student, you have the Office Home and Student RT equivalent. Heck, I bet a student would buy an RT tablet if you can install a bittorrent client for ARM on it. If you can do college work and research, Office and presentations, literally not a single malware or virus can affect it, and you can illegally download music and videos for about 3-400 dollars and all powered by touch? That might actually be a selling point unfortunately enough. ios won't have a bittorent client, and android is kind of close to having one. Windows RT might have one a bit later after android.

    Then there will be the developers that jump into the ARM boat as time progresses.
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    I'm looking forward to the Surface Pro, it has the same screen size and specs as my current Dell Adamo XPS but a faster Proc and more portable. Portability is top of my list since I travel for work quite a bit. As for price, I doubt it will be as expensive as my XPS was when it came out. For personal use I'll be getting the Surface RT, just want something to consume content on since I have my laptop's for anything beyond that. I have a feeling my wife will be hogging it though to play all her card games.
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