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InFocus launches 55in Windows 8 BigTouch

InFocus launches 55in Windows 8 BigTouch

The InFocus BigTouch melds a Windows 8 PC with a pretty hefty 55in touch-screen display, but is anyone likely to buy it?

While Microsoft may have done work on ensuring its Windows RT and Windows 8 Modern UI would play well with large-screen devices, starting with its work with Samsung on the original Microsoft Surface right the way through to internal testing of large-format touch-screen wall-mounted displays - but nobody was likely to predict the launch of a commercially-available 55in all-in-one (AIO) PC.

Nevertheless, that's exactly what has happened over in the US: InFocus has announced the BigTouch, a 55in touch-sensitive display packing a PC running Windows 8 with its divisive tile-based Modern UI. With a somewhat disappointing 1,920x1,080 resolution - proof, if proof were needed, that the display portion is a repurposed HDTV panel with added touch-sensitivity - the large-format system also includes a bundled wireless keyboard and mouse fo those who prefer interacting with the system in a more traditional manner.

'Imagine interacting with virtually any content you want on a beautiful 55-inch high definition touch display,' crowed Robert Detwiler, InFocus product manager, at the launch.'The BigTouch is the ideal product for many customers including educators who are using education software, software companies that want to demonstrate their applications on a large scale, or even digital signage companies looking for a display with an integrated PC. Ultimately, the BigTouch is for anyone who wants the Windows 8 touch experience on a large PC display.'

Anyone, that is, who doesn't need the latest and greatest hardware. While some aspects of the BigTouch, including its two gigabit Ethernet ports, are pretty high-end, its use of a Sandy Bridge-era Core i5 processor is slightly disappointing - although the company claims to be planning to update the product to support Ivy Bridge chips in the future, hopefully before Intel releases the fourth-generation Haswell architecture. Full specifications have not been released, but the system appears to be based in large on the company's existing Windows 7 MondoPad 'Giant Touch Tablet' product, which features a Core i5-2520M processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, and 2.4GHz 802.11a/g/b/n Wi-Fi.

The BigTouch also includes six USB ports, a 120GB solid-state drive, and a casing that demonstrates InFocus's slight abuse of the 'all-in-one' concept: the computer hardware itself is mounted on the rear of the display in a separate case, which connects to the touch-screen through a proprietary connection. While this, in theory, makes it easier to upgrade and maintain, it also takes away one of the biggest selling points of an all-in-one: the fact that it's all-in-one. If customers are happy with the hardware being functionality separate to the display, there's little to stop them just buying a 55in Full HD multi-touch display and mounting something like the Intel NUC on a VESA bracket at the rear.

Thus far, InFocus has not confirmed plans to release the device outside the US, where it is to retail for an impressive $4,999 (£3,306 excluding taxes) - a price that will keep it firmly out of most people's living room.

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greigaitken 27th March 2013, 12:04 Quote
I liked the surface table thing and yeah i'd have one. this though... what happened to 4k?
and are you supposed to get up off the sofa every time to touch it or does it come with an extendable arm with a pointy finger on the end?
Gareth Halfacree 27th March 2013, 12:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by greigaitken
and are you supposed to get up off the sofa every time to touch it or does it come with an extendable arm with a pointy finger on the end?
"So that's what things would be like if I'd invented the fing-longer. A man can dream..."
mi1ez 27th March 2013, 12:17 Quote
Go go gadget finger!
Snips 27th March 2013, 13:25 Quote
Kinect?
Spreadie 27th March 2013, 13:53 Quote
1080p at 55 inches will look frikkin awful.
Corky42 27th March 2013, 15:50 Quote
Your not kidding, not sure this is right but does this display not work out to be 40 PPI.
flibblesan 27th March 2013, 16:07 Quote
HDTVs are 1080p and they look decent enough at 55inch.
Shirty 27th March 2013, 16:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
"So that's what things would be like if I'd invented the fing-longer. A man can dream..."

:)

You and I would almost certainly be friends in the real world, based on that quote alone.
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Originally Posted by Spreadie
1080p at 55 inches will look frikkin awful.

Remember though, at 10ft this will look similar to a 24" screen at 2ft*, so it might not be as bad if controlled with the aforementioned fing-longer.



* Not necessarily scientifically accurate.
mi1ez 27th March 2013, 16:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by flibblesan
HDTVs are 1080p and they look decent enough at 55inch.
But not if you're going close enough to control it by touch!
Corky42 27th March 2013, 16:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
But not if you're going close enough to control it by touch!

That's where the fing-longer comes in, someone needs to patent it is all.
Spreadie 27th March 2013, 17:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Shirty
:)

You and I would almost certainly be friends in the real world, based on that quote alone.



Remember though, at 10ft this will look similar to a 24" screen at 2ft*, so it might not be as bad if controlled with the aforementioned fing-longer.



* Not necessarily scientifically accurate.
At 10ft away, it isn't a touch screen though, is it?
Shirty 27th March 2013, 17:11 Quote
Fing-longer, fing-longer, fing-longer, fing-longer, fing-longer, fing-longer, fing-longer!
Spreadie 27th March 2013, 17:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Shirty
Fing-longer, fing-longer, fing-longer, fing-longer, fing-longer, fing-longer, fing-longer!
I'll hold off buying the screen until they bundle it with the Fing-Longer 2.0
GoodBytes 27th March 2013, 17:49 Quote
By the way, this type of monitor was presented by Microsoft with Windows 8.

Steve Ballmer showed it in a picture and talk about it, that he has one in his office. Showed one, I think 85inch, at the Win8 announcement, and other events.

Bill Gates having fun with his when he did the Reddit Q&A (AMA) session:
http://icdn6.digitaltrends.com/image/bill-gates-huge-pc-ama-650x0.jpg

Other pictures
http://financialpress.com/wp-content/plugins/RSSPoster_PRO/cache/ea99f_IMG_2088_1_610x374.jpg
Xir 28th March 2013, 08:07 Quote
Did you just copy and paste the article, or are you seriously suggesting to your techy focusgroup (us) that you consider dual gigabit ethernet ports "High End"? :D
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While some aspects of the BigTouch, including its two gigabit Ethernet ports, are pretty high-end
Gareth Halfacree 28th March 2013, 08:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
Did you just copy and paste the article, or are you seriously suggesting to your techy focusgroup (us) that you consider dual gigabit ethernet ports "High End"? :D
No, I didn't copy and paste the article - and I resent the implication, most strongly. Go ahead, Google any given phrase (though not the quote from the press release, obviously) and see if anyone else said the same thing.

Having two gigabit Ethernet ports is a feature that marks a device out as being aimed at a higher end of the market than having a single Ethernet port. It's not a feature 90% of the population needs, so it's not something that typically appears on entry-level devices. My desktop only has one Ethernet port. So did my last desktop, for that matter. Hell, so does the machine in your signature.

Any other questions?
Shirty 28th March 2013, 10:10 Quote
I consider myself an enthusiast, but I've never had a need for more than one Ethernet port.
Xir 28th March 2013, 14:47 Quote
Don't get me wrong, I don't consider my machine "High End" (far from it, it was quite nice for it's size when it was new, but even then not high end).
Still the amount of ethernet ports isn't something I'd judge the orientation for a market segment by.
What they've revealed so far it's a very mediocre PC behind a big screen.
Probably good enough as the presentation device it's supposed to be (heck, overpowered really) but far from "High End"
Gareth Halfacree 28th March 2013, 14:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
Probably good enough as the presentation device it's supposed to be (heck, overpowered really) but far from "High End"
Which is why I said "some aspects are pretty high-end," not "the PC is pretty high-end." You should be aware of that phraseology: you quoted it.

Or do you think it's impossible to have some aspects of a device be high-end, and some low-end? If I put a GeForce GTX Titan in my A10-5800K desktop, would it suddenly become a low-end graphics card? No. (CPU-limited graphics card, yes, but still a high-end graphics card.)

Two gigabit Ethernet ports marks a device out as having high-end networking for the consumer and office segment. Four gigabit Ethernet ports or better marks a device out as having high-end networking for the server segment. These are, you will note, phrased as facts. There's a reason for that.
Xir 29th March 2013, 19:26 Quote
Listen, I see that my initial post was worded...unfavourably. If I insulted your work ethics or your integrity as a journalist, I'm sorry and I apologise.
I simply can't understand how the addiction of a 30€ card could turn even my old crate into something you could praise as partially high end. ;)
Corky42 30th March 2013, 09:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
or are you seriously suggesting to your techy focusgroup (us) that you consider dual gigabit ethernet ports "High End"? :D

Could you tell me what you would consider high end when it comes to network connectivity please.
Xir 2nd April 2013, 16:41 Quote
Nice phrasing, I wont fall for that trick though.

An outstanding network adapter alone doesn't make a computer product "partially high end", just like a carbon bonnet on a Hummer won't make it "partially low weight".
That's the point I was trying to make.
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