Acer announces Windows 8 touch screen Ultrabooks

As expected, the Computex trade show in Taipei is going to be the event where many PC makers will be showing off new desktops, laptops and tablets designed to run on Microsoft's Windows 8 OS. Acer is apparently the first out of the box with its announcement of the Aspire S7 Ultrabook.

Engadget reports that the Aspire S7 will have a touch screen for using the Metro UI and will also come in an 11.6 inch and a 13.3 inch model. The battery life for the smaller version is nine hours and the 13.3 inch model can continue for 12 hours.

Both of the models will come with an aluminum design and the 13.3 inch Aspire S7 will come with a "sculpted glass cover". They will also come with a backlit keyboard that is supposed to automatically sense the light level in its location and adjust its own light to match.

There's no word on what processor will be inside these new Ultrabooks and there's no other word on the other hardware that's supposed to be in the casing. Naturally, there's also no word yet on pricing and availability but we think this product should be out at or near the launch of Windows 8 itself.

Source: Engadget | Image via Acer

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Sadly Neowin doesn't mention that this new Acer Ultrabook outperformed competitors by different miles

Both models comes with 1080p capacitive touchscreen (not 1366x768 non touch crap) and aluminium unibody design...and 9-12 hours battery life is outstanding

If the price is $999 this ultrabook will fly off the shelves easily

I have been using every brand of computer for EVER. Acer, Asus, HP, Toshiba. The cheapest Acer has often outlasted the most expensive Lenovo. Hint, don't sit on your computer. And newsflash, all hardware fails at some point. I would have NO problem getting an Acer if the price is right. Use your AMEX card and if the laptop fails, throw it down the stairs and get another under the doubled warranty. EZ.

The idea of a touch-screen ultrabook is one many will go for. They might not want a laptop-tablet hybrid, as that might lower some of the specifications. I personally would love a touchscreen ultrabook

You really want to reach your arm out and touch the screen? I am not convinced that this is ergonomically practical. Remember the tethered pen thing from years ago? pre windows? They went away in place of the mouse and or keyboard right??

derekaw said,
You really want to reach your arm out and touch the screen? I am not convinced that this is ergonomically practical. Remember the tethered pen thing from years ago? pre windows? They went away in place of the mouse and or keyboard right??

Yes I really want to reach my arm out and touch the screen. Is that so hard? Have people become so lazy?

derekaw said,
You really want to reach your arm out and touch the screen? I am not convinced that this is ergonomically practical. Remember the tethered pen thing from years ago? pre windows? They went away in place of the mouse and or keyboard right??

When on a desktop it is a bit awkward. But when working on a laptop, you are moving your hand about 6 inches to touch the screen.

Above we had somebody saying that they use a touch screen convertible, and is comfortable with it. I use a touch screen desktop, touchscreen laptop, and a touchscreen tablet for Win8 dev. We keep reading all these comments of nobody will want to use touch on device form factor X because it is awkward, fingerprints, etc. And yet, I would bet that a large number of those people complaining have tried what they are complaining about. A few years ago when the iPhone was released, people complained about it being awkward touching the screen, fingerprints being a problem, but I don't hear the millions of touch devices say that it holds them back from using them. Likewise, many Apple fans complain about touch Win8, but yet a year ago the new rumor was a touch screen Mac and it was the most glorious thing ever.

nohone said,
Likewise, many Apple fans complain about touch Win8, but yet a year ago the new rumor was a touch screen Mac and it was the most glorious thing ever.

Many, including myself, said an iMac with touch screen wouldn't see the light of day because a vertical touch panel (especially on the desktop) is pretty much a usability disaster for any prolonged period of time.

.Neo said,

Many, including myself, said an iMac with touch screen wouldn't see the light of day because a vertical touch panel (especially on the desktop) is pretty much a usability disaster for any prolonged period of time.

Ironically, virtually every iPad/iPhone commercial shows the model holding the device at an exactly vertical angle for the camera.

Joshie said,

Ironically, virtually every iPad/iPhone commercial shows the model holding the device at an exactly vertical angle for the camera.

Which is one feature only and not for a prolonged period of time. I guess you missed the latter as part of my post.

.Neo said,

Many, including myself, said an iMac with touch screen wouldn't see the light of day because a vertical touch panel (especially on the desktop) is pretty much a usability disaster for any prolonged period of time.

So all the All in One touch screen desktops and TabletPCs and touch notebooks sold in the past 6 years have caused a massive usability disaster that the world is just ignoring?

Do you realize how many 'touch' PC are already in the real world and in people's homes?

Perspective... There are more people using 'touch' enabled Windows 7 PCs than there are Macs.

Usability pontifications and bloviations, really? Why don't you go debate someone like Bill Buxton, he might have a different perspective on why Apple is HORRIBLY wrong on usability and fooling their users with crap information that you are repeating.

Why do people listen to some Apple marketing goofs trying to downplay why their devices/computer lack features by saying they are silly and unneeded. And then ignore the real usability and research experts in the world that are not from a marketing department?

Really?

thenetavenger said,
So all the All in One touch screen desktops and TabletPCs and touch notebooks sold in the past 6 years have caused a massive usability disaster that the world is just ignoring?

Considering the vast majority of people don't have a PC with touch screen at home says more than enough.

thenetavenger said,
Do you realize how many 'touch' PC are already in the real world and in people's homes?

Relatively seen probably not too many. You trying to claim otherwise is just nonsense.

thenetavenger said,
Perspective... There are more people using 'touch' enabled Windows 7 PCs than there are Macs.

Show us the amount sold of both please.

thenetavenger said,
Usability pontifications and bloviations, really? Why don't you go debate someone like Bill Buxton, he might have a different perspective on why Apple is HORRIBLY wrong on usability and fooling their users with crap information that you are repeating.

Yet Apple is the number #1 tablet manufacturer in the world. Next to that I've been saying this on this very forum long before Steve Jobs ever commented about it. Nice try though.

thenetavenger said,
Why do people listen to some Apple marketing goofs trying to downplay why their devices/computer lack features by saying they are silly and unneeded. And then ignore the real usability and research experts in the world that are not from a marketing department?

I'm finding it amazing you're actually defending that sitting with your arms stretched out in front of you for any prolonged of time is comfortable. You don't have to be an expert or listen to Apple to come to the conclusion that it's in fact anything but comfortable.

Edited by .Neo, Jun 4 2012, 6:08pm :

I'm curious if any of these gimmicky touch screen notebooks will catch on. I doubt it, the touch functionality will be cumbersome to use, unless you can flip the screen. I guess we'll see.

Yeah I love my Acer Aspire 11inch. Great battery life and great deal i got on it. Display and keyboard work for me too.

but this. white..blah. in a few months the keys turn grey and crappy. better in black to cover all that up.

I can see touch screens making sense if you can fold the screen back like a tablet... but to actually touch a flimsy-hinged laptop screen whilst working, it just doesn't make sense AT ALL.

cleverclogs said,
I can see touch screens making sense if you can fold the screen back like a tablet... but to actually touch a flimsy-hinged laptop screen whilst working, it just doesn't make sense AT ALL.

It makes perfect sense, I use my Asus Transformer on its base nearly all the time and having the touch capability has completely removed my use of the track pad. Now when I use someones laptop I constantly get annoyed at not being able to just touch the screen.

astropheed said,

It makes perfect sense, I use my Asus Transformer on its base nearly all the time and having the touch capability has completely removed my use of the track pad. Now when I use someones laptop I constantly get annoyed at not being able to just touch the screen.


Yup, and keyboard+case addons leave us able to see iPad owners using their tablets in this exact configuration as well, and still making use of touch-input.

I genuinely believe this argument is just people who are still banging around old opinions they picked up from articles they read years ago by people they respected at the time. We absorb and adopt opinions constantly, as long as they're from people we respect, regardless of the accuracy or relevance (note 'talking points').

This is the same reason why, though people acknowledged problems with the stylus, it was not a common opinion that the input technology was hopelessly lost and a sign of a bad product altogether until Steve Jobs came out with his infamous line that stylus equals fail.

We don't constantly interact with the touchscreen on a laptop. Your hands rest on the keyboard, and then occasionally come up to do something, and unless you're picking a fight with your screen, it won't go flying back on its 'flimsy' hinge.

Then again, I've seen some people out there STAB their touch screens to death with their fingers, but this is more a matter of users who treat every touch screen like they're going into battle against the ATM machine or credit card swiper at the supermarket.

boumboqc said,
Acer, one word for crap.
But my Acer Aspire gets like 7 hours of battery. It's pretty good, although being budget, the display isn't good.

boumboqc said,
Acer, one word for crap.

at work (a small computer shop) we normal stay away from Acers but their ultrabooks are well made, even the ones with a HDD/SSD hybrid drive are pretty nice.

boumboqc said,
Acer, one word for crap.

I don't know about you but I still have 4 Acer laptops and they are top notch (the oldest one is 5-6 years old).