My non-touch Windows 8 world | Windows 8 - CNET Reviews.
The short answer to this question is NO. In fact, I am really enjoying my upgraded notebook from ASUS, and it was built before touch screens were a gleam in the screen manufacturer's eye. In fact, in the notebook format, a touch screen requires the user to reach across the keyboard to use awkward gesture controls that are much more efficient and economical when used in tablet mode. However, Windows 8 is about so much more than touch screens. It is more powerful, and faster, under the hood than recent Windows vesions. It is cheap, at $39 for the upgrade. It is more secure from malware and viruses. And, with just a little tweaking, it boots to the desktop, and runs just like Windows 7. I would rather have a removable Win8 tablet, that connects to a powerful Core I7 computer for real work. But, that won't come until next year. Until then, I am perfectly happy with this powerful Core I7 ASUS machine that works just fine, thank you.