What Kind of PCs?

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  1. Posts : 4,364
    Windows 11 21H2 Current build
       #11

    I saw one, a 500 series, and even those are rather large.
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  2. Posts : 31,250
    Windows 11 Pro x64 [Latest Release and Release Preview]
       #12

    Hi jack,

    I did post this a bit back in hardware ...

    New Hardware Designed for Windows 7

    May be of interest
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    El Capitan / Windows 10
       #13

    I see a loy of things influencing the form factor of the Windows 7 PC (and beyond) other than touch and voice. As we move away from keyboard and mouse we also move away from the traditional "desk" constraint. Microsoft's eHome initiative is there to catch integrated with its tablet and sideshow stuff. Imagine a wireless tablet form factor but smaller as it only contains touchscreen, notebook-style keyboard and maybe a trackpad for legacy use and the wireless bits needed for connection to the hide-away CPU. The tablet gets smaller and lighter with better battery life but keeps the swivel screen keyboard hidden away most of the time. The CPU box takes on more of a home server role now with other HID devices (Human Interface Devices) scattered througout the home like media center extenders, PDA and music player docks and completely new devices such as kitchen TV screens that double as videophones and show sideshow-type status updates right on the touch screen.
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  4. Posts : 70
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64
       #14

    Right now I'm not at all interested in touch capabilities. I dont know what it is but it just doesnt appeal to me right now. The only "touch" pcs appearing now are all in ones or laptops and for me they've not got the performance I want. The idea of touch screen monitors would be better because then you can have what ever machine you want and still utilise the touch capabilities. Windows 7 is not that far off and if these types of monitors are to be available for the launch we would be hearing rumours of them by now. I haven't heard anything but I don't know if anyone else has?

    One thing is for sure though, I won't be throwing out my keyboard and mouse just yet.
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  5. Posts : 31,250
    Windows 11 Pro x64 [Latest Release and Release Preview]
       #15

    Hi All,

    As a side note, Touch screens are not a new thing, I was working with them in the mid 1980's, for use in food processing plants and the like.

    They were invariably a large CRT monitor with an integrated IR grid with third party software converting touch into mouse & keyboard input.

    What is new is the native support for touch provided by Windows 7 which as a major OS will drive the implementation of touch by the hardware manufacturers.

    The obvious use would be for Tablet type laptop's but as things develop I'm certain that it will spread into other areas,

    I can see things like a media centre pc operating a large flat panel touch enabled TV which would allow control without any other input devices

    Games will I think be written eventually to use the technology, but not until the wide adoption of touch, as a standard.

    The mouse and keyboard still has a long time to go before it is replaced, although I doubt it will ever be totally replaced. I use a laptop with a built in touchpad, but I use it when I can with a mouse
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    W 7 64-bit Ultimate
       #16

    Hello all.

    I can tell you now; this would be a real pain; as you would have to go to the TV/monitor to 'touch' it. My main monitor/TV is over four feet (almost two meters) away, on a wall; and I sit at least two feet away from the secondary monitor. Be careful what you wish for....

    No offense meant Nigel.
    Barman58 said:
    I can see things like a media centre pc operating a large flat panel touch enabled TV which would allow control without any other input devices.




    Later Ted
    Last edited by Bare Foot Kid; 03 Dec 2008 at 11:20.
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    Windows 11 Pro x64 [Latest Release and Release Preview]
       #17

    Hi Ted

    No offense meant Nigel.
    None taken ...

    ... and I'd probably use the remote for the TV too - can't be doing too much walking at my age
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    W 7 64-bit Ultimate
       #18

    Howdy!

    I use it for a monitor, mostly. Hence the problem....















    Later Ted
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  9. Posts : 104
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #19

    Would there be stand-a-lone monitors that are touch that could connect to a tower PC?
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    El Capitan / Windows 10
       #20

    jackdelamare said:
    Would there be stand-a-lone monitors that are touch that could connect to a tower PC?
    I'm sure there would be and I'm sure they'd be wireless as well. The real advantage would be in a tablet form factor where the "monitor" would be wireless, touchscreen AND portable (battery powered). It would also have a fold away keyboard and trackpad for conventional usage. This "terminal" device would have only a rudimentary CPU and RAM, no storage and serve only as a glorified touchscreen remote.
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