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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 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).

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