I am typing this now, lying in bed with a pillow propping up my back, an my 13-inch Macbook Air nestled between my legs and belly. It is a fairly comfortable lazy working position. This is probably the kind of situation when a Windows 8 touchscreen laptop is more useful than a tablet with a keyboard. With the screen a a foot and a half from my face, it would not be too difficult to reach for it and manipulate it. In all fairness, I am perfectly happy using the touchpad, but being able to reach out a touch a link might be a bit faster than navigating with the touchpad.
I do not feel like a touchscreen laptop is all that easy to manipulate on a desk or table, but when it is on your lap, that is a different story.
This is what laptops like the Windows 8 powered Acer's 11.6-inch Aspire S7 is supposed to allow you to do. The 11.6-inch laptop is extremely light, coming in at 2.29 pounds. That is substantially lighter than an 11.6-inch MacBook Air. The Acer Aspire S7 is also extremely thin, at just 12.2 mm (or 0.48 inches), which makes a MacBook Air look chubby by comparison. This makes it easy to use is irregular positions. The laptop also has an intake and exhaust fan at the back to keep it cool when on your lap.
Inside the razor thin case is a fairly power Intel Core i5-3317U with 4 GB of RAM. Storage is provided by a 128 GB SSD. A 3790 mAh battery promises 5 hours of battery life. The Acer Aspire S7 also has a backlit display that automatically lights up when the conditions grow dark. Capping of the specifications is a 11.6-inch IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080) display. The lid is protected by white Gorilla Glass 2 to protect it from scratches. The rest of the case is made of aluminum.
All this costs all of Php59,900. Still whether you use the touchscreen or not, it looks like Acer has created the ultimate ultraportable.