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Touch-panel notebook PC shipments will reach 19.8 million units, or 11% penetration, in 2013. By 2017, touch-panel penetration is expected to reach nearly 40% (64.2 million units) according to the new NPD DisplaySearch report. 

During the first half of 2013 (1H 2013), global shipments of notebook PCs with touch screens reached 6.2 million units, or 7% share of the overall notebook market. Ultra-slim PCs led touch-screen penetration in the overall notebook PC category, with 1.7 million units, followed by standard notebooks, with 4.5 million units. Asustek Computer had the most shipments of notebooks with touch interfaces in 1H 2013, followed by Lenovo, Acer, HP and Sony.

“Touch penetration in notebooks was modest in the first half of the year, and we expect a slight increase to 10% in the second half. Premium pricing and a lack of compelling uses for touch screens on notebooks continue to hinder adoption. As touch interfaces become increasingly common across all mobile devices, however, it is just a matter of time before the technology also becomes more prevalent in notebooks,” said Richard Shim, senior analyst at NPD DisplaySearch.  

Factors encouraging adoption include Intel’s mandate that third-generation Ultrabooks include touch, as well as hybrids, sliders, convertibles, and other new touch-friendly form factors that will become more common in the years to come.

“A touch panel on a clamshell notebook seems less intuitive than it does on a tablet-like device, which is better suited to touch interactions,” according to Mr. Shim.

Tags: ASUS, Lenovo, Acer, HP, Sony, Hewlett-Packard


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Discussion started: 12/06/13 01:26:22 AM
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After having tried to use Win8 Win8.1 for the passed few months with a touch screen and now reverted to Win7 as it is damned near impossible to do anything meaningful with touch as on larger screens my arms are too short (I am near 6 foot tall so shorter arms will be even more of a hindrance unless it is hand held). The touch screen use with Windows O/S is useless whereas with a tablet and an operating system developed purely for touch which is a breeze to work. The idea and or forecast that the market will increase is purely wishful thinking. It will not be a proposition for anything else other than the 10" tablet market. Laptops for work with high end graphics/accounting and word processing will not be feasible with touch screens as all these require a keyboard with short cut keys. Larger screens for work related tasks. The only increase in touch will be in the bottom tablet type.
3 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 12/06/13 01:38:16 AM]
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I agree Ted. There is plenty of need for a traditional desktop to do "proper" work. MS is shooting itself in the foot by forcing a touch interface when it's counter productive. Is it the case that Microsoft no longer wants to develop products for the corporate market?
0 1 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 12/06/13 08:17:48 AM]

I recently had to pull apart a HP DV6 laptop (about 12 months old at least) and noticed the motherboard had a cable slot for a touch screen, even though it was W7.
I doubt I would ever get one or find a use for it, but the slot for a back lit keyboard that was vacant would be handy.
0 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 12/06/13 03:03:05 AM]

Many people do NOT want a touch screen on their PC. It's not comfortable, and its not clean.
3 1 [Posted by: beck2448  | Date: 12/06/13 03:50:47 AM]

Touch screens are for people who are mentally challenged and need pictures because they are short on gray matter. Touch screens are not intuative to anyone with normal brain function. They are a waste of energy and mental ability.
4 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 12/06/13 08:32:58 AM]

And as the % of laptops with touch screens will the sale of laptops as a whole decrease, most ppl with half a brain do not want to pay for a touch screen they will hardly ever use, not to mention the low res/quality of most touch screens
1 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 12/07/13 02:27:29 AM]

touch screens are good for tablets but for laptops no.
2 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 12/07/13 06:52:50 PM]


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