Windows 8 is polarising among longtime Windows users. But there's one, inescapable thing about it: It's coming. And with it, hardware manufacturers are preparing with machines that you're going to want to touch.
Toshiba has a bunch of machines coming out for back-to-school, but the one you probably want to pay attention to is the 23-inch all-in-one LX835, which has a five-point capitative touch screen. Microsoft is requiring the five-point capabilities for Windows 8 — the other all-in-ones shipping now use less accurate optical touch technology.
Specs-wise, it's got third-generation (Ivy Bridge) Intel Core processors, up to 16GB of RAM, 3TB of storage, and two USB 3.0 ports. It can also be That's about what you'd expect from an all-in-one coming out later this year. The design is standard for an all-in-one — neither breathtaking nor garish — but the 1080p resolution is a bit of a concern. The pixels were clearly visible, large, and noticeable. That's not the biggest deal in the world, but when you're going up against iMacs with pristine displays, it's kind of worrying. It was running Windows 8 Consumer preview, and the touch response was very good. All five points registered with good response times. The screen felt like it would hold up to everyday use, so you wouldn't be afraid to use the touch functions of your screen for fear of smudging the crap out of it. This is what you want using Windows 8 to feel like.
Not that it would really matter too much if it got scuffed up, though — the smudges might go a ways to blurring out the pixelation. The LX835 starts at around £600-odd and will available in Q3 2012 in the US.