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Cheap laptop with touchscreen?

January 11, 2013 — BarryK
I want to start working on getting Puppy touch-friendly, and I was thinking perhaps a cheap x86 laptop with touchscreen would be a good first choice.

But, what is available, and cheap?

I see this one, available locally for $A448:


...underpowered by today's standards though.

I'm reluctant to spend so much money on something that I will probably only use for developing a touchscreen interface, not for regular ongoing use. After all, I have a much more powerful laptop that is my daily workhorse.

I should add, I want a capacitive touchscreen.


Asus F202, X202
Username: BarryK
Asus specs: Here is a guy running Ubuntu 12.10 on a Asus Vivobook X202E: Another: It looks like the X202E is a bit higher spec than F202, such as i3 CPU, 4GB RAM and 500GB HD. I'll think about this overnight ...might be tempted to just go and get one, hang the price. Oh, the higher-specs model is so tempting!

Touch screens
Username: Sage
"Most folks I know are trying to avoid the curse of the touchscreen apart from their smart mobiles. CES is even showing a device that one can place over a smart mobile keyboard display to re-introduce touchy-feely-clicky for faster typing! Laptops? Bah! Waste of space, thoroughly bad technology. Got $$$ written all over them. All proprietary innards. Not repairable or upgradeable at any reasonable cost or, often, at all. If it has to be portable and a smart mobile isn't acceptable (why?) there are some excellent 7" tablets available. The trade is merging those two technologies at present with 5" models expected soon, possibly for the German expo.

Rumored at end of this week
Username: GCMartin
"Google about to make a touchscreen Chrome PC at less than $300 announcement is expected. On the other hand, I've seen several touchscreen 21inch touchPCs for around $499 which should make development an easier task for our older eyes and large fingers. Just a couple of ideas to be helpful

Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal armhf
Username: Raffy
"Sorry, no low-cost Fujitsu laptop there. I just mentioned it because I have a P-III Fujitsu laptop here with 256 MB RAM (which I can send to you if you're interested). How about using [url=]Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal armhf for Elf II? The new Ainol Crystal has the same chips but uses IPS screen.

just add the touchscreen
Username: q5sys
"If all you are doing is wanting it for UI development and the like, why not just buy a capactive touch screen and add it to an existing laptop? I did this before with my older Lenovo. You can buy overlay capactive touch screens from Digi-key and a bunch of other places. I forget where I got mine, but it came with a USB controller. I just had to plug it in and it worked. Might be alot cheaper than buying a whole new computer.

Cheap Touchscreen ultrabook/laptop
Username: GCMartin
"Hi Barry. Keeping you in mind on this request for options, I found these reviews which might help your decision. They are in 3 forms: ultrabook, tablet, and very-smart display. All of which will address you development need. Be forewarned, that your selection will most likely be replacing your existing primary machine in a very short amount of time because of the potential findings and uses you "touch" upon. They are [url=]Laptops [url=]Tablet [url=]Displays Here to help

Linux on tablets
Username: BarryK
"Interesting arguments:

touchscreen keyboard software
Username: aarf
"the form factor of a touchscreen laptop wont appeal to women, and men who don't chew their finger nails. with a tablet you can put your thumb behind it an touchscreen with the underside of your finger, with a touchscreen laptop there is no way to touch in the bottom tray properly because touchscreens dont respond to fingernail touches. the solution in my mind is a vastly more work on the touchscreen keyboard software for tablets.

Windows RT tablets
Username: don570
"Computerworld article.... That's a serious indictment of Windows RT, and I think, a justified one as well. A number of reports say that Microsoft's RT-based Surface tablet is selling poorly. The brokerage firm Detwiler Fenton, says Microsoft will sell only 500,000 to 600,000 of them in the December quarter, compared to Microsoft's expectations of one million to two million. And an IDC report concluded that the Surface's $500 selling price will make it very hard for Microsoft to sell many of them. The report said: "Price points are critical in tablets, and Microsoft and its partners will have a tough time winning a share of consumer wallet with price points starting at $500." Even Steve Ballmer, a master of hype, has admitted that Surface sales have been modest. That didn't stop Ballmer from making an unannounced visit to CES to spend time onstage with Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacob to talk up Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 running on Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips. One of the devices he and Jacobs hyped was a Samsung RT tablet. Only a few days later, Samsung said it wouldn't be releasing the tablet in the U.S. for now.

keyboard work around
Username: aarf
"[img][/img] Samsung Galaxy Note II U$D300

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