touchnote touchscreen

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.

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8 replies on “A closer look at the Gigabyte TouchNote’s touchscreen”

  1. Hi im looking at buying a nettop, and thus i really want to know how this compares to the HP mini 5101?

    I know the GigaT1028X has the touchscreen but how usefull is it really? As ive never had or used one.

    Also with respect to batterylife (both being a 6cell)

    any ideas?


  2. I think it would be very intresting to test how the touch screen does with hand writing since it is a very portable netbook it could replace a moleskin paper notebook no ?
    I’d like to see if it works or how it (does not) work(s)

  3. You’re right that the simulated right-click feature on the T91 stinks. But there are several free pieces of software out there that will get the job done — and well. I’m using a free program called RightEmu on mine. Works great (except for on the taskbar– for some reason there it sometimes pulls up two menus at once — the taskbar menu and the individual item’s menu).

  4. Brad. If the font sizes are a problem, have you tried pumping them up to 120% in Windows? That would bring the font/menu sizes up to those of the 1024×600 screen but still give you that advantage of higher resolution for images and web pages.

    1. Oh, one other thing. Does the touch driver support gestures as it does on the 1028M? It’s a fun feature and fast when you optimise and get used to it.


      1. Yup, I’ve adjusted the font sizes, but honestly I think it just makes
        the whole UI inconsistent and funny looking. It would probably be
        better in Windows 7.

        The T1028X does support gestures, but I haven’t spent much time
        playing with them yet. Overall, I’m pretty impressed with the
        touchscreen though. It’s much more useful than the ones on the Eee PC
        T91 or Classmate 3.

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