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HP will reportedly launch a touchscreen notebook this year and a netbook

HP introduced its desktop touchscreen computer called the TouchSmart last year and showed the systems off heavily at CES in 2007. The Wall Street Journal reports that HP is now looking to release a wide variety of touchscreen devices to address a market that it feels isn’t being properly addressed.

The Wall Street Journal cites sources close to HP that claim the world's top PC company will be shipping a touchscreen notebook before the end of the year, that isn't a tablet. Details on the notebook are scarce, but what we do know is that the machine will have a touchscreen and HP software to support the touchscreen. Likely, the system will be a pared down portable version of HP's existing TouchSmart computer.

Sources also tell The Wall Street Journal that HP is going to be bringing a complete line of touchscreen phones to market with sales of the mobile phones expected to begin in Europe this year and in the U.S. within a year or so.

HP is also said to be readying a new netbook with a 10-inch screen for this year. HP’s smallest current offering is the Mini-Note with an 8.9” display and an underperforming VIA C7-M processor. Netbooks have been singled out as the strong point in soft PC sales globally. The netbook won’t be one of the touchscreen devices says The Wall Street Journal.

HP didn’t comment on the products, and simply stated that it would be bringing a whole line of touchscreen devices to market at a future date.

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By Spivonious on 10/16/2008 12:38:56 PM , Rating: 3
Until they solve the fingerprint problem, touchscreens will never become more popular than mice.

RE: Fingerprints
By FITCamaro on 10/16/2008 12:41:08 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah that's my issue. You'd have to clean your monitor daily.

RE: Fingerprints
By MrPoletski on 10/16/2008 12:53:23 PM , Rating: 5
stop pickin yer nose while ya surf

RE: Fingerprints
By FITCamaro on 10/16/2008 3:02:32 PM , Rating: 5
That's not an issue cause I don't touch the screen after picking my nose. I put my finger in my mouth and suck the snot off first.
I get any gag reflexes?

RE: Fingerprints
By Clauzii on 10/16/2008 3:47:40 PM , Rating: 2
"Where the f... is my keyboard?"

RE: Fingerprints
By Tsuwamono on 10/16/2008 10:38:08 PM , Rating: 2
there is still a keyboard.

RE: Fingerprints
By quiksilvr on 10/17/2008 12:30:35 AM , Rating: 2
Kid: Try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Kid: There is no keyboard.

RE: Fingerprints
By Clauzii on 10/17/2008 12:37:17 AM , Rating: 2
Depending of the contents, it's now bended.

RE: Fingerprints
By on 10/17/2008 7:32:07 AM , Rating: 1
clean the spooge of your hands before touching it again

RE: Fingerprints
By acer905 on 10/16/2008 12:43:07 PM , Rating: 3
Well... i have an HP iPAQ handheld pc, and i use it all the time. I have this amazing device, it actually came with it, that eliminates all fingerprints. Its called a stylus.

RE: Fingerprints
By Spivonious on 10/16/2008 12:52:45 PM , Rating: 2
For single-contact, styluses work fine, but I'm pretty sure HP's software can detect multiple finger "gestures" similar the iPhone.

RE: Fingerprints
By acer905 on 10/16/2008 12:58:01 PM , Rating: 2
Whats stopping you from using more than one stylus?

How bout this solution, oil free rubber/latex/plastic "covers" for your fingers

RE: Fingerprints
By Sulphademus on 10/16/2008 1:33:11 PM , Rating: 5

Keep several boxes of finger condoms nearby!

RE: Fingerprints
By whiskerwill on 10/16/2008 2:01:02 PM , Rating: 2
lol, I don't even want to know how you found that link.

RE: Fingerprints
By Adonlude on 10/16/2008 2:06:46 PM , Rating: 2
The screen protection film I use on my iphone has a matte finish. That means that the surface is not smooth but rough on a microscopic level. This completely eliminates finger prints and makes it much easier to slide a finger over the surface regardless of how sticky your finger may be.

The only downside is that the microscopically rough surface adds a small amount of light scattering which makes the picture just slightly grainy/noisy.

RE: Fingerprints
By FITCamaro on 10/16/2008 3:03:45 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Fingerprints
By feraltoad on 10/17/2008 5:22:56 AM , Rating: 2
I buy the ribbed!

RE: Fingerprints
By Clauzii on 10/16/2008 3:51:19 PM , Rating: 2
"Whats stopping you from using more than one stylus?"

Local china-box says: Look - I've always handed out free computerstuff :D

RE: Fingerprints
By Dreifort on 10/17/2008 2:14:45 PM , Rating: 2
just burn your fingerprints off. if you're not sure how, just ask anyone you know that might be an identity theif or work for the CIA.

By acer905 on 10/16/2008 12:15:41 PM , Rating: 2
Personally, a device i would find useful would simply be a wireless touchscreen monitor. With that you could have a computer hidden away, and take the monitor with you as both the display device, and primary input device.

With a powerful enough computer, one could essentially use multiple desktops, each assigned to a different monitor, to give 2 or more people the ability to use the same computer, perfect in my mind for a home system.

RE: Touchscreen
By noirsoft on 10/16/2008 12:45:25 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately, wireless bandwidth isn't enough for uncompressed video, and you can't highly compress most day-to-day computer work screens the way you can with video. Well, you can compress them, but the compression is much more obvious, and I doubt people would put up with it.

Barring gigabit+ speed wireless connections, a wireless display would need to do the rendering itself, meaning enough processing power on-board to handle a lot of tasks, much like the smart displays that were tried a few years ago.

RE: Touchscreen
By theapparition on 10/16/2008 1:36:07 PM , Rating: 2
Personally, a device i would find useful would simply be a wireless touchscreen monitor. With that you could have a computer hidden away, and take the monitor with you as both the display device, and primary input device.

Errr, aren't they called tablets?

RE: Touchscreen
By acer905 on 10/16/2008 1:59:13 PM , Rating: 2
Tablet's are nice, but they can't have the power/storage that a desktop could

RE: Touchscreen
By ggordonliddy on 10/16/2008 1:38:01 PM , Rating: 2
> take the monitor with you as both the display device, and primary input device.

Are you daft? How can a touchscreen monitor be a primary input device other than for very dedicated uses such as kiosks or car stereo frontends? Are you planning on using an on-screen keyboard for typing?

RE: Touchscreen
By GaryJohnson on 10/16/2008 1:53:23 PM , Rating: 2
No; voice recog. for typing. Touchyscreen for mousing. And one of those nerual impulse doodads for clicking.

RE: Touchscreen
By acer905 on 10/16/2008 1:57:57 PM , Rating: 2
Who needs a keyboard when you can have handwriting recognition software. It works great on my handheld, i rarely ever use its keboard mode.

RE: Touchscreen
By kkwst2 on 10/16/2008 2:58:41 PM , Rating: 3
i need a keyboard.

Unless you're a terrible typist, you can type faster than you can write, even on a little thumb keyboard.

You can also type one-handed, but you can't write one-handed.

Handwriting recognition, while quite good these days, is still flaky. Unless you've spilled milk on it, the keyboard is not flaky. You type a "k", you get a "k" every time.

RE: Touchscreen
By Clauzii on 10/16/2008 3:54:25 PM , Rating: 3
"...but you can't write one-handed."

Sorry, but THAT was funny!

RE: Touchscreen
By kkwst2 on 10/16/2008 6:19:39 PM , Rating: 2
Heh, if you were more concrete you'd be a driveway...

Meaning that you have to hold the tablet with one hand and write with the other. With a small device, you can hold it in your palm and type with your thumb, while, say, mixing more concrete with your other hand.

RE: Touchscreen
By Clauzii on 10/17/2008 12:34:40 AM , Rating: 2
I just had this picture in my head of a drumstick-sized stylus pen grabbed by two hands :)

RE: Touchscreen
By Tsuwamono on 10/16/2008 10:42:27 PM , Rating: 2
Not if you go to a highschool... In highschool every time i sat down at a keyboard the buttons were in the wrong places. Luckily im a nerd so it didnt effect me. lol

RE: Touchscreen
By Dreifort on 10/17/2008 2:19:33 PM , Rating: 2
you would need more than a VGA/DVI/HDMI connection to carry over the touchscreen signal. While having such a monitor is possible, it would require unique hardware on both ends (monitor & desktop).

Doesn't HP already have a touchscreen notebook?
By Chris Peredun on 10/16/2008 11:57:03 AM , Rating: 3
I'm pretty sure the entire tx-series of "Consumer Tablet PCs" are touchscreen, along with having an active digitizer in the tx2000 and later.

By rudy on 10/16/2008 12:01:47 PM , Rating: 2
Would be nice if they sold the monitor by itself with the software. I am not a fan of the basic computers they have with the touch smart line.

Probably won't catch on
By InvertMe on 10/16/2008 12:09:14 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see this catching on. If you have seen the comercial most of the people look uncomfortable (imo at least) using the touch screen. It looks like it would be so much easier just to use a mouse.

The best place for a touch screen is a tablet and maybe a kiosk type PC.

RE: Probably won't catch on
By geddarkstorm on 10/16/2008 12:43:48 PM , Rating: 2
A tablet in Rodney McKay's hands you mean :B

Silly Distinction
By Flunk on 10/16/2008 1:19:19 PM , Rating: 2
HP already sells several types of convertible tablets, the difference between that and a "touchscreen notebook"? The screen does not flip around. Removing one feature does not really make a compelling new product.

RE: Silly Distinction
By Dreifort on 10/17/2008 2:17:22 PM , Rating: 2
tablets are not completely touchscreens.

Prep Windows 7
By lifeblood on 10/16/2008 2:23:19 PM , Rating: 2
I think they are getting ready for Windows 7. Isn't the touch based GUI the big feature of Windows 7?

Touch versus mouse is kinda moot. Use the mouse when it's appropriate, use the touch screen when its appropriate. I have a treo 600 smartphone and I use the keypad when I type messages, and the touch screen when dialing (with my finger) or playing solitaire (with the stylus). It doesn't have to be one or the other.

RE: Prep Windows 7
By highlandsun on 10/16/2008 4:47:51 PM , Rating: 2
Anything that makes you shift your hand from one main working position to another is a poor design. Keyboard+mouse is a terrible design because you have to lose your hand position on the keyboard to pick up the mouse...

Difference between Touchscreen and Tablet PC
By johnadams on 10/16/2008 2:26:04 PM , Rating: 2
I can't find what is the difference between the two.
Anyone care to explain?

By Clauzii on 10/16/2008 3:58:47 PM , Rating: 2
A touchscreen don't (necessarily) run the OS itself. A Tablet PC does.

subliminal advertising
By RU482 on 10/16/2008 12:47:43 PM , Rating: 3
Why do I feel the need to go out and buy a Wall Street Journal after reading this article?

By n00bxqb on 10/16/2008 6:45:16 PM , Rating: 2
The new 26" unit they just released has really been popular at our store. People really like playing with the touchscreen, especially on Google Earth, and it has plenty of power, even a half-decent graphics card in the form of a GeForce 9600, so you can play games, though medium settings @ 1920x1200, obviously.

It still doesn't outsell the iMac here, but it comes close while offering a lot more fun and functionality, something sorely missing from the iMac (especially the FUN part).

10" mininote v2 netbook
By R3MF on 10/17/2008 3:08:49 AM , Rating: 2
Will this use the new nVidia MCP79 ulv chipset as rumoured to be compatible with Nano..............????????????????????????

By SiliconAddict on 10/17/2008 2:06:26 AM , Rating: 1
Dell's XPS line sits there and ages, and not like a fine wine.

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton

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