Laptop Magazine dinks around with a near-final version of Intel's Classmate PC, the latest revision of the education-oriented netbook. While the silicon sifters inside the "CTL 2go PC" are the usual fare — Hello, 1.6GHz Atom! — the screen whips around like a Tablet PC, offering 8.9-inches of pen computing for the lil' ones.
Why it is ugly as sin is beyond my capacity to explain. The two-tone plastic and superfluous Michael Okuda-style bumps aren't doing it any favors. (I do like the handle, though.)
If Intel has access to these touchscreens, though, it stands to reason that Asus, MSI and company do, too. I wouldn't be surprised to see some touchscreen netbooks "for adults" at CES.
Inside baseball note: I find it amusing how Joanna Stern at Laptop has just completely owned the netbook beat. I can't recall a new model that she wasn't the first to use hands-on.