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Acer to Launch Touch-enabled PCs for Windows 7

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 13 comments

Everyone's going to have new PCs for Windows 7, but Acer's are going to be touchy feely.

Thanks to the touch interface technologies included in Windows 7, we'll likely be seeing a far greater number of touch-enable computers hitting the market.

Acer, now among the top three biggest computer makers in the world, plans to launch three touch-based computers alongside Windows 7. Digitimes cites Acer project manager Shih Hung-wu as saying that touch-enabled netbooks could serve as cheaper alternatives to tablet PCs.

Acer is also said to be looking into in-cell touch panel technology, which builds the touch sensitive components directly on the LCD. Such a technology would be cheaper than the ones layered on top of screens and are easier to apply to new products. Expect many new product announcements for around the time of Windows 7's launch.

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    haunted one , August 21, 2009 9:05 PM
    Cool
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    08nwsula , August 21, 2009 9:06 PM
    now I'll just need to drop one into a coffee table and have the coolest htpc around.
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    coopchennick , August 21, 2009 9:15 PM
    As far as a desktop setup goes, I think a mouse and keyboard is way more convenient.

    The only reason that HP touch desktop thing is around is because is so COOL!
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    Robert17 , August 21, 2009 9:36 PM
    Methinks that "special" keyboards and mice, and probably some new critters, are just around the corner.
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    daship , August 21, 2009 11:27 PM
    Touch is Hella cool, but it is not gonna be freindly on the human body at all. A standard desktop setup will not be comfortable enough for touch.

    Touch needs a table of some sort to really be efficient. I've had a touch screen for a while and it hurts the shoulders after a while.
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    zerapio , August 21, 2009 11:37 PM
    Can some say carputer? This thing would be awesome for that.
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    zerapio , August 21, 2009 11:37 PM
    *someone
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    falchard , August 21, 2009 11:58 PM
    I can't really imagine wanting a touch interface that isn't an OLED display.
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    LORD_ORION , August 22, 2009 4:25 AM
    Great for kids....
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    michaelahess , August 22, 2009 5:03 PM
    I've put a touchscreen on my dell mini9 and I must say, after using it for a bit, when I go back to my full size laptop, I start touching the screen! There are things that are easier to use touch for than keyboard or mouse....
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    jhansonxi , August 22, 2009 7:37 PM
    Asus should come up with a package deal with Windex.
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    erikstarcher , August 24, 2009 4:16 PM
    michaelahessI've put a touchscreen on my dell mini9 and I must say, after using it for a bit, when I go back to my full size laptop, I start touching the screen! There are things that are easier to use touch for than keyboard or mouse....

    How did you do that? Is it a touchscreen overlay or did you replace the screen itself?
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    chuenl , August 24, 2009 6:51 PM
    I guessed I might have a chance to lick my screen when my hands got oily from the Buffalo wings. lol