Planning to buy a new Windows 8 system or upgrade your not-so-old Windows 7 system to the new OS?
You can choose from a bevy of new notebooks and peripheral devices to make the transition to Windows 8′s touchscreen paradigm easier than you might think.
Microsoft hasn’t been cagey about its ambition to catch up with Apple’s iPad success — hence Windows 8′s touch-sensitive, finger-swiping transformation from traditional mouse- and keyboard-oriented computing.
For Microsoft, Windows 8 represents significant progress toward the new computing paradigm. To millions of existing Windows users, Win8 might feel like they’re between a rock and a hard place — they must either purchase a new touchscreen-enabled PC or tough it out with their existing mouse-and-keyboard systems.
Fortunately, there are other alternatives for getting the most out of Windows 8. Here are a few of the most recent options.
A notebook/tablet with a yogi’s flexibility
Trying to get the best of both worlds, Lenovo tried to make a tablet out of a laptop, with its U.S. $999 (and up) IdeaPad Yoga 13 (info site). The result is Frankensteinian, but you have to give Lenovo credit for its effort. With a 180-degree turn of its 13.3-inch display, this otherwise traditional laptop converts into a tablet — even if, at 3.4 pounds, it’s too heavy to serve that purpose well.
For the past week, I’ve been putting the Yoga 13 through its paces. Although I find the iPad-like touch screen easy on the eyes and fingers, the hybrid laptop/tablet format’s success ultimately hangs — so to speak — on its versatile hinge.