Before Microsoft Windows 8 launched we saw alot of people hemming and hawing about this iteration of the Windows platform. They don’t like this, or they don’t like that. When it’s all said and done though, Microsoft recently announced that it broke past the mark of 40 million copies of Windows 8 sold. Granted alot of the sales have gone to system builders like HP, Dell, and of course the more niche builders like ASUS. Though according to ASUS CFO David Chang, “Demand for Windows 8 is not that good right now”. In may be the fact that Windows 8 is geared for touch screen use, and touch screen notebooks are pricey for the hardware you get, excluding the touch screen.
Not all of the touch enabled notebooks are out of reach for us poor folk, the ASUS Vivobook above is currently the lowest cost touch enabled notebooks around and it retails for $499.00. It comes standard with a 500Gb hard drive, Intel Core i3 ‘Sandy Bridge’ processor, and a 11.6″ touch enabled. Overall the ASUS Vivobook (Q200E-BHI3T45) for $499 isn’t a bad deal. The low cost of the ASUS Vivobook has companies like Acer shifting in their seats as the ASUS Vivobook climbs its way through the ranks. Not only does it have a low price, but it’s compact size makes it ideal for the person on the go.
In an internal email to other notebook department staff this month, an Acer manager wrote that the low price of their competitor’s Vivobook has the potential to make touchscreen laptops more “popular.” He noted that touchscreen laptops only account for less than 20% of shelf space at the moment because of their high price.