Acer May Launch a $399 Touchscreen Notebook Next Month



+ Add a Comment


It's about freaking time for cheap touchscreens.

But at 11 inches, isn't that basically a net-book? This contradicts the article from before "IHS iSuppli: No More Netbooks Beyond 2015; The once popular netbook is now on the verge of extinction."


Peanut Fox

Netbooks didn't just fit into a size category. They also had less than worth wild performance too.



It will have an atom processor at this price point (albeit a better one than from say 2yrs ago), 2gb of ram and crappy onboard graphics. Sounds like a netbook with a touch screen to me .....



I wouldn't be so sure, considering there's an 11" touchscreen ASUS Vivobook for $450 that has an i3. Not sure I trust Acer though...



Will it have the capability to transform into a tablet? This is an obvious & convenient feature that I think all touch-enabled laptops should have as it enables one device to be both laptop & tablet and, if we're being honest, the normal clamshell laptop form factor doesn't lend itself to the ergonomics of touchscreen use.



Doesn't look like it. The scary thing is I expect at least one product cycle where touch somehow becomes a required option. Likely only used by small children.

I wonder if there is any relation to programmer skill and the following "back in my day computer users could:"

solder their own computer together/program in assembler (pre-Apple II)
program the thing (at least in BASIC) (Apple II/Commodore 64)
use the command line (DOS/PC)
use a GUI with keyboard and mouse (Mac/Windows)
fingerpaint on screen (iOS/Android)

Log in to MaximumPC directly or log in using Facebook

Forgot your username or password?
Click here for help.

Login with Facebook
Log in using Facebook to share comments and articles easily with your Facebook feed.