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Touch-Enabled Windows 8 Laptops: What's Out There?

If you’ve played around a bit with Windows 8, you know it’s just one of those things that needs to be touched. A mouse is okay, a trackpad gets by, but don’t-call-it-Metro begs to be touched. The live tiles and lengthy Start screen are designed for just that, and nothing else truly satisfies.

While manufacturers haven’t exactly flooded the market with touch-enabled laptops, there are some good options out there already. Expect a crush of touchable Windows 8 machines at CES early next year, but for those shopping this holiday, we have cherry picked the best touch-enabled, Windows 8 laptops.

Tuesday tech deals: 256GB Agility 4 $130, MS Store ultrabook sale

TigerDirect offers the OCZ 256GB Agility 4 for $159.99. This $30 mail-in rebate drops it to $129.99. With free shipping, that's $0.51/GB, tied with an August deal, and the best price we've seen for this drive. It's a current price low by $54. This drive features read speeds of up to 420MB/s...

Tuesday tech deals: 15.6" Asus Ivy Bridge notebook for $479

Adorama via eBay offers the 5.8lb Asus R500A-RS51 for $479 with free shipping. That's $129 below the best we could find for this model elsewhere. Features include a 15.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, a dual-core Intel Core i5-3210M, 6GB of RAM, a 750GB hard drive, a DVD burner...

Tuesday tech deals: Ivy Bridge i7-3770 desktop for $800

TigerDirect offers the Asus CM6870-US-3AB Desktop PC (no monitor) for $849.99. Coupon code "LZE65200" slashes it to $799.99. With $12.95 for shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $83 and the least expensive desktop we've seen with an Ivy Bridge CPU and a 2TB HDD...

Google Nexus 7 Review: The Best $199 Tablet You Can Buy

Google has released a number of Nexus branded "hero" smartphones in the past, but the new Google Nexus 7 is the first ever tablet to bear the Google Nexus name. Built by Asus, the Nexus 7 also has the distinction of being the first device to run the Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" operating system.

While the Nexus 7 offers nothing to consumers that can't be found elsewhere - save for Jelly Bean - it offers a number of refinements to the Android tablet experience in terms of both software and hardware. And it does it all at a sub-$200 price point.