Microsoft’s Windows 8 will be opening up a whole new world of computing. For many that will mean touch screen functionality on their desktops and even laptops. PC vendors have been releasing to the public an assortment of different devices that will be making use of this feature. Not all of them utilize touch displays in the same manner. In fact, it’s quite amusing how touch technology will be incorporated.

You might have heard terms like hybrid, tablet and convertible laptops and tablets. These all refer to the form factor of the devices, but probably more specifically how the screens will pivot or move. Some will slide out and others will twist around.

A Seattle Times article has an interesting and fun read on this topic. You can catch a snippet here below:

For starters, here’s a quick guide to some of the different Windows 8 PCs on their way to the showroom. They say the rainy season is a good time to shop for convertibles, so let’s check out some of the new models:

The Jumbo Tablet: Sony calls it the Vaio Tap 20, but it’s really a humongous tablet with a 20-inch diagonal touch-screen display. On its stand, it’s a nice all-in-one PC that tilts back to use like an easel. Removed from the stand, it runs on a battery and can be carried around the house or used to play digital board games. It starts at $880 and comes in black or white.

The Ferris Wheel: The Dell XPS 12 is called a “Ferris wheel” design by Intel because of the way its display rotates. Dell calls it a “flip hinge touch-screen display.” Spin the screen, fold it flat and your laptop becomes a 12-inch tablet. It starts at $1,200.

The Channel Slider: The touch-screen display on Toshiba’s Satellite U925T tilts back and slides forward in a channel, covering the keyboard and turning it into a 12.5-inch, widescreen tablet with an Intel Core i5 processor and 128 gigabytes of solid-state storage. It starts at $1,150.

The Surf Slider: Sony also has a “channel slider” called the Vaio Duo 11, but it calls the convertible mechanism a “Surf Slider.” It starts at $1,100.

The Tent: Lenovo has drawn kudos for its Yoga laptop with a 360-degree hinge that folds the display back until it becomes a tablet. You can also fold it around 300 degrees and pitch a “tent” that stands up by itself. A Windows 8 version with 13.3-inch screen starts at $1,099. An 11.6-inch version with the more-limited Windows RT software will start at $799 and arrive in December.

Microsoft’s future may hinge on Windows 8, and your next computer may be all about the hinge.

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