Computer maker EETI is reportedly working on 7 and 12 inch touch panels with multi-touch capabilities. What does that mean? It means that the next generation of netbooks (and 12 inch laptops) could include models that not only recognize screen taps, but recognize multiple simultaneous screen taps. Think iPhone, but all over your netbook screen.
Multi-touch panels offer a bunch of advantages over single touch. For example, you can simulate right and left-clicks if you can use more than one finger on the screen. You can also quickly and easily resize or rotate images by pinching, pulling, or spinning your fingers.
There’s no word on which netbook makers will utilize these multi-touch screens. But Asus CEO Jerry Shen has said that some upcoming Eee PC models will support multi-touch.
One worry: price.
The Acer One is now 300$ but Id like something that solid for 200$ instead of paying more for something I still cant find any use for. (my brother has the HP Touchsmart)
And whyyyyyyyyyy cant at least one freaking netbook maker put one out there that uses the Thinkpad era red nubbin. Years later and I still despise the trackpad and use it only until I plug in my USB mouse or pen.
One senario: Lenovo just uses the Trackpoint in their best business machines and they’re loath to dilute its impact and value to them by puting it in something that costs only $500 or $600. Some day they will probably bring out a ThinkPad netbook with a Trackpoint and magnesium roll cage starting at $1500 🙁
It pains me to say this, because I’ve been whining for a netbook with a Trackpoint for months. It would be ideal for netbooks because they could omit the trackpad to save space and free up room for a better keyboard.
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