Windows 8 was released back in October 2012 with so many features and one of the main new feature is the all new start screen with tiles and metro UI. While Windows 8 interface is more suited for a tablet, it works very well on desktop and laptops as well. To enjoy the best experience of Windows 8, you will probably need a touch screen laptop or desktop. But when it comes to touch screen navigation most of the laptops and ultrabooks are priced high. Most of the PC manufacturers have announced entry level touchscreen laptops in the budget category as well.
So in case you are looking for a touch screen laptop or ultrabook running Windows 8 in the budget category, you should keep in mind that you might not get the best performance as you are spending the extra money for the touch experience. Here is a list of best entry level (budget) Windows 8 Touch screen laptops/ultrabooks.
1. ASUS Vivobook S400:
ASUS Vivobook S400 is a 14 inch touch screen ultrabook running Windows 8. There will be configurations with Core i5 and i7 processors, but again, i3 is the starting spec here. The ultrabook is available in both 14 inch ( priced $599) and 15inch (S500 and priced $649).
2. Samsung Series 5 Ultra 13:
Samsung Series 5 Ultra 13 comes with an anti-reflective 13 inch screen and Intel core processor along with 500GB hard disk. It has speed, mobility, and stunning design, all in an Ultrabook that is so perfectly balanced, it reflects every side of you.
3. Lenovo ThinkPad Twist:
ThinkPad Twist can be used as a laptop or a tablet with its unique folding action. It features a 12.5” HD, IPS extra-bright display (1366×768) and supports up to 3rd generation Intel Core™ i7 processor. You can twist transforms into a laptop when you need to type, a tablet when you’re on the go, and a stand when you want to share presentations. When you’re ready to browse, bend it backward into a tent for a close-up view.
4. Aspire M3 Touch:
The Acer Aspire M5 sports a 10-point touch display that provides a brilliant navigation experience and is ready to support Windows 8. Ultra mobile at just 20 mm slim and 2.1 kg, this Ultrabook still provides a full-size Chiclet keyboard for speedy input, and fast file transfers via USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0. It is priced at $699 of the 15 inch model.
5. Aspire V5 Touch:
Acer Aspire V5 Series presents added user-friendliness with 10-point touch display and a larger trackpad, designed to enhance multi-gesture content consumption and to take advantage of the features offered by Windows 8. V5 will be available with 14- and 15-inch screens. V5 will also be offered with Ivy Bridge processors and discrete NVIDIA graphics. The 14-inch model includes an optical drive and still is less than 21 mm thin and weights 2.1 kg; the 15.6-inch model, also with an optical drive, is thinner than 23 mm, and weighs 2.4 kg. This is priced at $750 range.
You can also check out the Acer Aspire S3 series which are around $700 and comes with 13.3 inch touch screen.
6. Sony VAIO T Series 13
Sony VAIO T Series 13 offers a sturdy traditional laptop setup with a 13 inch touchscreen. VAIO T Series is customizable and comes with 500GB storage, upto 8GB RAM and Core i7 Processor for the high end model. The prices starts at $700.
7. HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4:
HP’s Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is an attractive ultrabook with a respectable mix of components for its price, a responsive touch screen, and a backlit keyboard. The HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 delivers powerful performance with the latest Intel processors, solid-state drive options, and the same Intel technologies available on the HP SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook. It offers a 14-inch multitouch HD display, measures 23mm thin and weighs 4.77 pounds.
Apart from these, there are many laptops, convertibles and also tablets in the 11 inch and 10 inch category, you can see few of them here.