Why Ultrabooks with Touchscreens Do and Don't Make Sense

Paul Lilly

Intel's Ultrabook form factor is just now getting off the ground, and if the chip maker is correct in assuming this is what Windows users want, chunky notebooks could go the way of the dodo. Also on the verge of legacy are displays without touch capabilities, though only if Windows 8 ends up being a raging success. So, should Ultrabooks employ touchscreen displays?

Notebook makers think so, and by this time next year (and possibly sooner), Ultrabooks will be rocking touch-capable panels, DigiTime s reports. The transition is already under way with suppliers of LCD panels and touch modules now shipping samples to notebook builders.

It's an intereseting proposition. On one hand, Windows 8 is obviously geared towards touch computing, or at least it seems that way based on early builds. If Ultrabooks are the future form factor of choice for notebooks, and with Windows 8 not that far off, it makes sense to employ touchscreens.

The flip side to that is cost. Intel really wants Ultrabook models to cost less than $1,000. Every little bit of technology adds up, and when you throw the added cost of a touchscreen display into the mix, it becomes harder than ever to meet Intel's price goal. And then there's the question of how Windows 8 will be received. Microsoft is hoping for another Windows 7-like reception, though what happens if it turns out to be another Vista, or worse yet, another Windows ME? Those are all things notebook makers have to consider.

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