One of the Gigabyte TouchNote T1028X’s defining features is its touchscreen display. And while the computer ships with Windows XP Home Edition, which means it doesn’t include all the bells and whistles that you might expect from a tablet PC, the touchscreen is pretty responsive. What’s more, Gigabyte includes a few basic applications that make it easy to use.
For one thing, the simulated right-click feature works quite well. If you’re using the netbook in tablet mode, and want to right-click on an item to open a context menu, all you have to do is tap your finger or stylus on the screen and hold if for a second or two. The Asus Eee PC T91 has a similar feature, but it requires inhuman levels of accuracy to use. Nine times out of ten, I couldn’t bring up a context menu on the Eee PC T91 using the touchscreen alone. But I haven’t ever had a problem performing the same action on the TouchNote.
One potential problem with the Gigabyte TouchNote T1028x is that the sharp, 1366 x 768 pixel display doesn’t leave a lot of room for error. If the screen isn’t aligned properly, there’s a decent chance you’ll hit “cancel” buttons when you’re aiming for “OK” and vice versa. But there’s a simple utility for aligning the touchscreen.
In the video after the break, I demonstrate both of these features, plus I show how you can use a button on the side of the device and the netbook’s status LEDs as a battery meter.