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It’s been 10 months since the code for the Windows 7 beta leaked to BitTorrent. That leak was quickly followed by an official free beta release the first week of January and a release candidate in April. Hardware manufacturers have had their hands on the final version since July, and today is finally your day–the day you can buy a machine running Windows 7 pre-installed.
In fact, Microsoft today started selling third-party hardware from their Web site for the first time in tandem with the launch. Obviously there’s a lot that’s been refined and tweaked with the new Windows, but one of the biggest additions is the incorporation of multitouch display support in the OS’s core. So naturally, pretty much every major hardware manufacturer had a landslide of new desktops, laptops and netbooks designed for Win 7. Check out our multiouch hardware gallery to see our picks for the eight best-in-breed Win7 machines.
The Trendsetter: HP TouchSmart tx2
The Biggest: Sony Vaio L Touch HD PC/TV
The Smallest: Lenovo Thinkpad X200 Tablet (with multitouch option)
The Most Budget-Friendly: Gateway One ZX4800 Series
The Touchiest: Lenovo Thinkpad T400s (with multitouch option)
The TV Replacement: HP TouchSmart 600
The New and Improved: Fujitsu LifeBook T5010 (with multitouch option)
The Ordinary Laptop in Disguise: Toshiba Satellite M505-S4990-T