InFocus reveals 55-inch Windows 8 touchscreen PC

In July 2012, Microsoft acquired Perceptive Pixel, which offers touchscreen monitors as big as 82 inches in size. Those huge screens have been used by Microsoft to demonstrate Windows 8 in the past. Today, a Portland, Oregon-based company called InFocus has revealed it will sell its own Windows 8 touchscreen PC that's also pretty big, but has a price tag that's a little closer to the reach of the regular consumer.

The press release from InFocus has the information on what the company calls BigTouch, a 55-inch 1080p all-in-one touchscreen PC running on Windows 8. The touchscreen on the BigTouch supports up to five fingers at once, rather than the 10-point touch that the Perceptive Pixel screens can support.

Inside the BigTouch, InFocus has put in an Intel Core i5 processor, along with a 120 GB SSD and WiFi. As far as ports, it has two gigabit Ethernet ports, two HDMI ports and six USB ports. There's no word on how much RAM there is in there though, nor if there's an option to put a TV tuner inside.

The price for the InFocus BigTouch is $4,999, which is pretty reasonable considering the hardware. However, we suspect that the price for such a big screen PC will drop even more in the months to come.

Source: InFocus via Marketwire | Image via InFocus

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Better yet, lay it down and use it as a touch screen table. Play some ruse/civ v on that, or even play some board games right on the table.

Let's do some other math. The iPad cost $499 to started. IT basically has a digitizer that handled the touch that rides on top of the LCD. So if we went this route with a larger screen what would that cost? If you buy the iPad LCD by itself, it costs about $60. The digitizer is about $35. That dititizer isa 9.7" in size...so lets say 10".

So lets assume the ditizer and LCD in this TV is also likely appears to be one piece. So if the iPad screen and digitizer cost $100 for a 10" option, adding 45" more should only increase the cost accordingly. So 50" should be $500 and adding another 1/2" adds another $50. So lets give them $600 just to be reasonably fair.

Now you can get an i5 laptop with an SSD of that size and for about $700 together. So thats $1500 and lets just add some fluff since we cant make this TV ourselves and you have to consider, paroll, production and distributiion cost which I would sat adds about $1000 total.

So I came up with $2500 that seems pretty resonable. How did they come up with twice that much? Who they think they are? Apple? Because so far only Apple gets away with charging double or even triple what it cost them to make something.

I'll pass. Obviously this isnt for cu=onsumers, but how long before we get a cheaper option? I mean, it doesnt cost that muchto buld a 55" TV. They retail for about $900 for a really nice one.

Ouch! Let's see. For about $2500 I can have a Samsung SmartTv with an AMOLED 55" display, and I will just use the HDMI port to hook up my laptop or desktop which are both powered by an i7 Processor and have 8GB of RAM and 500GB of storage. It wont be touch, but that's ok...bec no one is going to be gaming using touch that much. And even if? I can hook up my Surface, or my Note and even an iPad and use it to handle the touch options for me. At lest cost and the same thrill. $5000? is "ridiculous" as Balky would say.

$5,000 seems expensive prolly translate into £6,500-£7000. The internals will only cost maybe £500 for the PC parts. dont know how much touch screens cost.

BenQ TL550, £2300
PC parts call it £500.
Add £500 for the priviledge of having it all in one
Thats £3300
Add £500 for the software in it.
£500 profit

£4200 or bout $3000

Obviously it depends on the quality of the touchscreen itself as the prices can vary. That is a 2 touch screen but cant imagine 5 point touch would add $2000 to it

majortom1981 said,
Go find out how much a 55 inch touch screen costs ,then add a pc onto that. This is actually cheap.
Really well lets just see...

http://www.costco.com/Samsung-...6150F.product.11757600.html - 1249.99

http://www.alienware.com/Landings/desktops.aspx - Alienware Aurora Desktop gaming PC starst at $1300 and it has better specs than that TV...how much you think a 55" digitizer to accept touch costs? May another $500? and I still came out cheaper than that TV...oh and I can get an i5 laptop starting at $499 or a desktop at $699. I simply chose costlier options. If I went basic I could do it all for less than $2500 with all the same trimmings. Obviously you dont look before you shop and you grab the first thing you see. Glad I'm not your spouse....then again. "Honey I saw a dress for $5000...woudl you buy it?" I doubt it.

So yeah...follow your own advice. YOU go find out how much a 55" tv cost and mate it with a PC and see what you come up with.

The press release from InTouch has the information on what the company calls BigTouch, a 55-inch 1080p all-in-one touchscreen PC running on Windows 8.

Inside the BigTouch, InTouch has put in an Intel Core i5 processor


Should it not be InFocus?? There is no InTouch as far as I understand.

I'm sure MS will partner with SAMSUNG, LG, or some other TV manufacturer to have Windows 8 PCs standard with a line of TVs. It just makes sense. The question is whether these PCs will have touch screens, use connect, or have both. Its even possible to have a remote with a pointer like the Wii remotes. I think the next few years are going to be very interesting.

5,000 dollars? Might be nice in a conference room or school as a white board killer. (Your really uppity schools and businesses, that is. )

Edit: MajorTom beat me to it!

No need for a built in TV tuner this is designed for meeting rooms not in your home and if you really need TV you can always stick a HDHomeRun on the network and use Media Center to view it.

tytytucke said,
TV tuner is a no brainer.

My 50" HDTV is a monitor. not a real TV because it has no TV tuner and no speakers. So I got it hooked up with my media equipments such as blu-ray player, etc.

Oh lawd! A Monitor with a PPI of 40! And you'll definitely be close enough to spot them when you're in front of it touching it.

You are obviously NOT the targeted audience. I am an IT admin at a library. This would be perfect for our smaller meeting room.

You do not have an hdtv I gather? This would also be sued for playing bluray or dvds which are 1080p.

This is meant for schools and libraries. not really for home use.

majortom1981 said,
You are obviously NOT the targeted audience. I am an IT admin at a library. This would be perfect for our smaller meeting room.

You do not have an hdtv I gather? This would also be sued for playing bluray or dvds which are 1080p.

This is meant for schools and libraries. not really for home use.

The use factior isnt the issue...its the cost factor. Just because you assume businesses or schools will buy it, doesnt mean they ahve to jack up the cost.

When it comes ot PC's businesses actually get a lower price for the exact same PC's we can buy on retail and its cheaper for them becasue they buy in bulk. In many cases I can pay the exact same as they do on retail, which is still pretty low.

This thing is jacked up nearly 50% based on my math. Look below at my comment, and that is after gving them ab extra $1000 to cover other costs like production and stuff. $2500 is still to high. Jacking up the cost because your targeted audience can afford ot pay it,doesnt make it right.

Another example....why pay $1700 for a Macbook Pro, when I can get a Dell XPS with equal or better specs for less than $1300?

I mean, basically you said...well since businesses and schools are likely target audience, its ok to jack up the cost. Seeing that States are strugging to pay teachers as they claim, surely they cant afford this in most public schools. What you think?