There's a lot of fuss about tablets, but a lot of people still want notebooks. While there seems to be general agreement that Windows 8 is more comfortable to use on a touchscreen, most touchscreen notebooks have been fairly pricey.
That's where the Acer Aspire V5 series comes in. Prices start at $699 despite the inclusion of a 10-point touchscreen.
The base model features a 1.6GHz dual core CPU, 14in display, Intel HD graphics, HDMI port, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD drive, webcam, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0+HS, up to 5 hour battery life, and weighs in at 2.2kg
The V5 series includes Acer's Instant Connect feature for internet connectivity in 2.5 seconds - "four times faster than conventional methods," according to company officials.