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Post How Windows 8 is shaping next-generation PCs

Windows 8 Release Preview

Many new PCs were shown off at last week's Computex trade show in Taiwan, and while designs and approaches sometimes varied wildly, touch support was a common theme. Windows 8's final release is still a few months off, but it's already casting a long shadow over PC hardware makers hoping that the new OS will drive sales of their products. The Metro interface is a big (and sometimes awkward) overhaul for PCs, and hardware makers are responding with correspondingly large changes to their hardware.

Ultrabooks, convertibles, and other laptops

The first generation of Ultrabooks consisted of a more-or-less homogenous batch of thin-and-light 11' and 13' laptops that earned plenty of (often unfavorable) comparisons to Apple's successful MacBook Air. Less than a year later, most hardware makers are having their second or third crack at an Ultrabook design, and while the wide variety of approaches has quickly sapped the Ultrabook moniker of nearly all meaning, it has produced a more noteworthy crop of PCs.

Some manufacturers are beginning to put dedicated graphics chips in their Ultrabooks to boost their graphics power and gain gaming as a marketing bullet point. Some, like Toshiba, are using oddball screen sizes to turn heads. Most, however, are integrating touch support in one way or another.

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