Touch Screen Gaming Laptop Poll
Full Poll Question:
I feel that a touch screen on a high-end gaming laptop is _________ and would be willing to pay up to _________ extra for this feature. (Hypothetically, with no other drawbacks.)
* I’ll preface by saying that I am solely interested in Win 8 Pro (not Win 7 or other), and I have no doubt Microsoft will push very hard for its widespread adoption and support. Oh, and I posted the same poll on the Penny Arcade forums.*
With the proliferation of touch screen devices over the past decade, and the recent swing in the development ecosystem to prioritize Mobile over traditional Desktop applications ([URL="http://www.drdobbs.com/240146757"]http://www.drdobbs.com/240146757[/URL]), I fear that any new PC without a touch interface will be at a severe disadvantage in the near future. Windows 8 is blatantly built for touch and, due to its interface overlap with RT and WinPhone, there are likely to be many Apps in the Windows Store that are designed with touch solely in mind. Look no further than MS’s own Smartglass and Surface devices for their vision of the future, or to Intel who recently announced their commitment to touch interfaces for future Ultrabooks ([URL="http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/08/kirk-skaugen-interview"]http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/08/kirk-skaugen-interview[/URL]).
Enter my family (and I imagine many others), who are now in the market for a high-end gaming, desktop-replacement laptop (models in the ~$3000 range, similar to the Origin EON17-S / SLX, the Alienware M17x / M18x, or the MSI GT70), but can’t find anything with an integrated touch screen. If our current laptop is any indication, this next machine will last nearly 5 years and still be going strong, and needs every advantage to be future-proof. Unfortunately, I’m not sure this machine will become available anytime soon, and thought the best way to figure out the odds of the “supply” would be to poll the “demand” – you! That, and my sheer curiosity about if we’re the only ones in this predicament; please, share your thoughts and insights.
Last edited by graven2002; 01-25-2013 at 11:21 AM.
Reason: Added Full Poll Question