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Acer. The hardware company that lives in the hearts and minds of Windows 8 users. Or not. The company has made some radical choices in the past, starting with its unadulterated criticism of Microsoft’s newest operating system.

But another totally out of the ordinary thing Acer has done is gone on to create and market the world’s first touchscreen laptop running the Chrome OS — essentially a Chromebook.

This, despite of the fact that Google’s operating system has not been designed for touch functionality in mind. This, despite the fact that Acer’s portfolio of touch enabled Windows 8 devices leaves a lot to be desired. But there you have it.

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The Acer C720P touchscreen Chromebook has actually been out for a while, but the company has now brought the device to Australia. And in an interview, Acer’s head of commercial client products talked about adding the touch functionality to the Chromebook.

According to Daniel Goffredo, this has to do with encouraging developers making applications that are touch enabled. In fact, Acer plans to use this model for all its future products.

And that is, creating a non-touch and touch-enabled model of every hardware device it creates.

This is actually part of the company’s roadmap moving forward, and we might also see it implemented on the Windows 8 side of things too. Wouldn’t that be a sight, then?

Touch, it is becoming clear, is here to stay, one way or another.

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  1. I see what they’re trying to do, but I think it’s stupid. Leave the touch screen to the tablets. I don’t see the convenience of having touch screens on laptops, but maybe that’s just me.

    • I tend to agree, Jason. However, keep in mind that there are plenty of touchscreen desktop computers and I know a lot of people who own them. I wouldn’t see the need to purchase one myself, but some people like the technology.

  2. Bill Franklin / March 12, 2014 at 4:14 pm /Reply

    Count me as one of the people who love touchscreen. It still could be a lot better in some cases, but I don’t think having the option hurts. Nice work, Acer. Thanks for reporting, David.

  3. Jake Phillips / March 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm /Reply

    Unless its on a phone or tablet, I’ve found touch screens do more harm than good. My fingers always end up tapping the wrong thing! When the technology gets better, it may be worth it, but until then, this is pointless to me.

  4. Emily Williams / March 12, 2014 at 4:54 pm /Reply

    I guess this could be helpful in some ways like drawing tools and stuff of that nature, but like everyone else below, I don’t see the big deal as of yet. Maybe this will be revolutionary and have many new features, but for now, I’m a tad skeptical.

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