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Touch-enabled notebooks may be the PC saviour

Nurdianah Md Nur | Oct. 30, 2013
According to an IDC survey, 82% of Asian consumers desire touchscreen notebooks. However, these notebooks need to come with touch-enabled apps to ensure that users will utilise the touchscreen function.

The PC market might be able to save itself from its supposedly ominous future if it decides to get serious about touch-enabled notebooks.

According to IDC Asia Pacific's annual survey that studied the end-user behaviour and usage on client devices, 82 percent of the respondents indicated their preference for touch-enabled notebooks. This might be driven by the fact that users are used to that feature since most PC users today own a smartphone.

Despite the high demand for touch-enabled notebooks, IDC found that only six percent of the notebooks shipped to nine countries in Asia Pacific in the first half of 2013 offer touchscreens. The nine countries are Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.

Handoko Andi, IDC Asia Pacific's research manager for Client Services, blamed the poor availability of touch-enabled notebooks on the "high panel prices earlier this year." 

To ensure that touch-enabled notebooks will be well-received by end-users, these notebooks need to be complemented with touch-enabled apps that are relevant to PC end-users. As illustrated in the case of Windows 8, the lack of relevant touch-enabled apps forced users back to using legacy apps in the traditional desktop, thus making the touch-optimised Modern user interface redundant.

PC makers are planning to roll out more affordable touch-enabled notebooks in the second half of this year to address the increasing demand for such notebooks

IDC infographic
IDC's infographic on the Many Faces of Personal Computing, gives an overview of the personal computing trends across Asia Pacific across multiple devices including PCs, tablets and smartphones. Click on infographic to enlarge.


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