Af­ford­able touch


Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CONTENTS - BY NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN

Note­books with touch-screens for Win­dows 8 no longer cost the sky. We list models that are well within most bud­gets.

Here is some good news. If you were put off by the prices of the touch­based Win­dows 8 lap­tops, there are signs that prices are eas­ing. The big game changer here was Asus which un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally launched the cheap­est Win­dows 8 lap­top, though an 11-incher, at ` 39,990. This at a time when all we were hear­ing about was con­vert­ibles and hy­brids which cost up­wards of

` 55,000. In­ter­est­ingly, even the cheap­est Win­dows 8 tablets were priced around ` 35,000.

Acer fol­lowed suit by an­nounc­ing even cheaper de­vices start­ing as low as ` 32,950. They now have at least four touch note­books with prices go­ing up to ` 45,319, which is still within most mid-level pur­chase bud­gets. How­ever, the cheaper of the Acer de­vices run on new low­volt­age In­tel Pen­tium dual-core pro­ces­sors. But on the bright side all of Acer’s note­books of­fer­ings have 15.6-inch screens, while Asus is a more com­pact MacBook Air-like de­vice. If you need a full-size de­vice, then this is your best bet.

Ex­cept for Dell, no other big play­ers have an­nounced Win­dows 8 touch note­books that won’t blast a whole in your pocket. But it is just a mat­ter of time be­fore they do so. The avail­abil­ity of cheaper touch op­tions in the mar­ket will def­i­nitely af­fect the sales of non-touch de­vices.

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