Someone thought touchscreen notebooks were a good idea.
Someone also thought Windows 8 was a good idea.
Both arrived on the market at the same time. Now both are about to disappear at roughly the same time. Windows 10 is making its way to the market early next year, and orders for touchscreen notebooks have totally dried up.
The latter claim comes from DigiTimes, the Taiwan-based tech site with a lot of connections to Taiwan and mainland-based hardware makers. DigiTimes reports that orders for notebooks with touchscreen displays have "disappeared completely," and that the product class "will be phased out of the industry" once existing inventory is sold.
The story went on to say that since touchscreen controls are not a necessary feature for notebooks and add to the cost of the device, demand for touchscreen notebooks has been weak since their launch. In 2015, vendors focus on standard non-touchscreen notebooks as well as 2-in-1 devices.
The company cites sources from notebook makers, and given its proximity to them, that's believable. The question is whether it's a major ODM or a second-run shop with marginal orders. Either way, it's easy to believe because most people weren't keen on touch-screen notebooks and they never caught on. When using a notebook, you want the convenient closeness of your keyboard and trackpad mouse. The idea of reaching across to manipulate the screen with your hand just plain didn't make sense. Users never demanded it. And Windows 8 didn't help.
It's obvious the market for touch screens will persist through tablet sales. It's just touch-screen notebooks that are fading out. Then again, the tablet market is slowing, too, for its own separate reasons.