Windows 8 dual-touchscreen Asus Taichi Ultrabooks delayed

It's only been a few weeks since Asus announced pricing and allowed retailers to open their order books for its striking new Ultrabook, the Taichi. The device has one of the more exciting form factors seen so far since Windows 8 launched a month ago, featuring a conventional laptop-style arrangement with keyboard and 11.6-inch touch-enabled display on the 'inside' of the clamshell, along with a second touchscreen which is enabled when the lid is closed over the keyboard.

However, for those - in the US at least - who have been salivating over the prospect of getting our greasy paws all over those two screens, there's some bad news. PC World reports that shipments of the Taichi have been delayed, and there seems to be some ambiguity over when the devices will actually ship.

According to an Asus spokesperson, shipments to the US "will likely start in December", but it seems that there's room for further delay. For those outside of the US, there's no information available at all on when the Taichi will start shipping, and the spokesperson was apparently unable to provide any reason for the delay.

Let's just hope that it's worth the wait.

Source: PC World | Image via Asus

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dvb2000 said,
and why not, people aren't interested in Windows 8, why should manufacturers waste money supporting it.

It is selling well.

dvb2000 said,
and why not, people aren't interested in Windows 8, why should manufacturers waste money supporting it.

Yeah, 15 units a second since launch is pretty tepid interest.

dvb2000 said,
and why not, people aren't interested in Windows 8, why should manufacturers waste money supporting it.

Yeah, I'm with this guy. I mean it has only sold 40 million copies in a month which we all know is nothing... /s

nik louch said,

It is selling well.

Is it selling well because it's good, or because people don't have a choice? Back when Vista came out, it was the same situation... For a while (until OEMs started offering downgrade rights), all you could get installed on your PC was Vista... Plus, consider that there is ALWAYS a honeymoon period for new technology... Look at the iPhone... Die hard Apple fans can hardly wait to get their hands on the newest generation, only to start complaining about it in a few months, how it doesn't do this, or sucks at doing that... Android phones (and their operating systems) are the same too... People love new stuff because it's "new".... That never changes. Once the honeymoon is over, though, you REALLY find out what people think about products like Win8.

Personally, I don't have a touchscreen, so the new start menu is useless to me. I do however enjoy the fact that Win8 is even faster than Win7 (which itself was faster than Vista and XP).... There are downsides to every new product... But for me, as long as there is SOME step forward (for Win8, it's install and running speed), I'm ok... Might have to use a start menu replacement and not use the "Modern" apps, but I'll still be happy... I have a TechNet subscription anyway, so its not like it's costing me much to get all the new stuff.