Looking for a $400 laptop with a 30GB hard drive, DVI port, 802.11b/g WiFi and a 7 inch touchscreen? The Everex Cloudbook fits the bill… up until that last part. While there’s a Japanese version of this little laptop that comes with a touchscreen display, in the US all you get is a boring 7 inch 800 x 480 pixel display that doesn’t do anything at all when you poke it with a stylus.
But at least one guy has figured out that replacing your standard display with a touchscreen is as easy as opening up the case and swapping one screen for the other. You can pick up a touchscreen on eBay for between $40 and $50. The same screens that fit in an Asus Eee PC also fit in an Everex Cloudbook. Drivers are available for Windows XP, Vista, and Linux.
Honestly, I’m not quite sure a touchscreen is that useful in most laptops. If you could flip the screen back and use the Cloudbook in tablet mode, it would be incredibly handy. As is, you might as well just plug in a mouse or get used to the minuscule touchpad on the Cloudbook.
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