So thanks go to Packard Bell for announcing the new 'EasyNote Butterfly Touch Edition', a Intel Core 2 Duo SU based tablet with 11.6in 1366 x 768 display and multi-touch. This finger friendliness comes courtesy of a capacitive screen which can rotate 180 degrees while the Windows 7 OS automatically resizes for portrait and landscape modes.
Of interest elsewhere is a spec which includes up to 4GB RAM, WiFi, HDMI, Bluetooth, optional 3G module, webcam, 5-in-1 card reader and 640MB hard drive. Battery life is also a claimed eight hours, which - even if over estimated - should last long enough for most users.
Perhaps best of all is the cost, since Packard Bell is shipping the EasyNote Butterfly Touch Edition in both red and black in February with a starting price of just £499 - a steal in the notoriously overpriced tablet market. Consequently, all you have to worry about now is your mates learning that you bought a laptop called the Butterfly Touch Edition ya big wuss...