Market Thumbs Down on Touchscreen Notebooks

Unless their design involves something that transforms a common clamshell notebook into handheld tablet, the concept of notebooks with touchscreens just for the kicks, isn't flying too well with buyers, according to a DigiTimes report that cites sources within notebook OEMs.

Since last year's 3rd generation Intel Core processor launch, notebook makers clamored over premium notebooks with touchscreens, perhaps hoping it would ease the Windows 8 blow (pun unintended). It didn't, and numbers are stacked up against whoever came up with the wise idea.

The report states, "Most channel retailers originally expected the penetration of touchscreen notebook to grow to 30-40% in the third and fourth quarters, up from around 10% in the first and 15-20% in the second; however, the retailers are now concerned that the percentage may have trouble reaching even 15-20% in the second quarter."

Lack of a utility and ergonomics aside, touchscreens add to manufacturing costs, and touchscreen notebooks are hence relegated to premium price points. Retailers note that it could take a while before these devices become mainstream, if they even do.