Windows 7 everywhere, But Barely a Screen to Touch

We have been hearing a lot about all the new touch-enabled PCs coming to market in tandem with Windows 7, but you’ll have to look far and wide if you want to try one out for yourself. I spent most of the weekend touring computer retailers in New York and Washington DC and touch was pretty hard to come by.

Since retailers like Best Buy, Staples and Office Depot generally reserve shelf space for high-volume units I’m not entirely surprised at the lack of relatively expensive touch enabled PCs, but I am disappointed. I do like HP’s TouchSmart desktop and tablet, but I wish consumers are offered more options.

Most of the retail locations had an HP TouchSmart all-in-one on display. A few had the HP Pavilion TX2 convertible on display. And some stores, including a Best Buy location in Manhattan, didn’t have a single touch enabled PC on display.

Microsoft, and the entire industry for that matter, has put a lot of money and energy into promoting Windows 7’s touch capabilities.I can barely go a day without receiving a press release from a company announcing that it’s added touch or multi-touch to its computers. I think consumers actually need to experience the touch computing hands-on before they make the investment in a relatively expensive touch enabled machine.

Education is still a major hurdle to selling touch enabled PCs at retail. The in-store staff didn’t seem to know much about Windows 7’s touch features or HP’s touch applications. While GottaBeMobile readers are more than familiar with the benefits of touch computing, the average computer shopper has never considered paying extra for the feature.