Acer President: Touchscreen Laptops Running Windows 8 Are Here To Stay

Acer, one of the largest Windows OEM is optimistic about touch based Windows 8 devices. In an recent interview, Acer president Jim Wong has told Digitimes that with innovations such as the combination between Windows 8 and touchscreen control, vendors will be able to make breakthroughs and revitalize the PC industry. He also said that touch screen laptops based on Windows 8 devices will become mainstream in next few years with all major players will start delivering their touch products in 2013.

Although most PC brand vendors are still conservative about touchscreen notebooks, Acer believes touchscreen notebooks’ shipment proportion will continue to rise to eventually surpass that for traditional notebooks and become the mainstream in the market. However, due to touchscreen module’s high costs and the market’s slow acceptance, the replacement process may take 2-3 years to complete.

For 13- to 14-inch notebook models, touchscreen control increases their prices by more than US$100. But since touchscreen notebooks are able to satisfy the consumer group that wishes to see a single machine for both work and entertainment, it is still a market worth of investing in.

The supply of touch panel will also be a major factor affecting the penetration of touchscreen notebooks in the PC market. PC brand vendors already started securing touch panel supply six months before Windows 8’s launch to ensure of sufficient supply. Most PC brand vendors are expected to join the touchscreen notebook market in 2013, and vendors that have stronger control over touch panel supply will have a bigger chance of success in the market.

He also said that Acer is now focusing on building  mind share instead of market share which will pay in long term. Read his full interview from the link below.



Source: Digitimes

  • sam

    what’s the model of that aio? It looks really cool!

  • psyllo

    IM glad Acer gonne give win 8 soms Nice hybride love they can Be usefull For the cheaper win 8 product

  • jimski27

    Touchscreen laptops are here to stay. He got that part right.

  • Mythos88

    Now there is a Windows 8 OEM to support. I wouldn’t use a Fujitsu for free.

  • NegLewis

    Full Touch Enable OS’s are here to stay.
    On mobile (Phones, tables) is all about touch.
    On PC’s (Laptops, Desktops) is arguable – but touch is not only a nice feature but is becoming a MUST have.
    I am really a little bored by half PC’s. I want a full PC on a Touch Enabled Form Factor – Linux, Mac or Windows…

    I will repeat my question: it’s the 7’h yea of touch for Apple. WHERE is the Finger Touch Vision Inserted into MAC OS? :)
    In 5 + 2 years Apple has not been able to add even a single “touch” feature into the Desktop MAC OS. NOT even one… or once.

    So. Windows 8 “All in One” Touch “Slim” Desktops are the NEXT BIG THING.
    I really wanted to buy a Surface… but after THIS … I can’t.
    I will find a nice (< $1500) Desktop PC and ditch my old laptop.

  • donzebe

    That’s why the “all in One” touch screen desktop are flying off the shelves than the traditional desktop.

  • Avatar Roku

    The Acer Aspire S7 is arguably the best ultrabook on the market. The Acer W510 is the best value for a Windows 8 tablet at under $500 at Microsoft Store.

  • xma1e

    Must admit, the laptop come tablets are starting to look appealing now windows 8 is here. I want to replace my HP laptop but like the tablet format too.

    • Kevin Joel

      get the Asus vivobook, its a laptop with touch screen… Asus also has versions with full computing just like vivobok, but the screens are detatchable 😛

  • Kevin Joel

    I already got my ASUS VIVOBOOK :)

  • bk

    Got the Acer AIO for kids for Xmas….they love it and figured out Win8 in no time at all.