Originally Posted by A Bad Day
Slightly off topic, but what about older laptops that don't have touchscreen capability? I have a Samsung NP300U1A-A01US (11.6", Core i3-2357M) and Asus NQ61J (17", i7 720qm) laptop that I plan on using until they're no longer sufficient for what I need.
The 17" Asus will be in my dorm, and I will be using the Samsung 11.6" for on-the-go uses.
I'm guessing you wouldn't even want a touch screen. Using the tablet interface half of Windows 8 is probably stupid anyways, so you'll likely just end up using the normal Windows desktop and normal programs just like you would with Windows 7. You don't want a touch screen for the desktop as fingers are too fat for clicking and fingerprints are annoying, so you won't be missing anything.
Windows 8 has those same changes under the hood as in MacOS X that are important to get that magical 10+ hour runtime out of a tiny Macbook Air. I don't know if that only works really well with Haswell or also older architecture, but it just might do something useful enough to make Windows 8 the obvious better choice. When using it, it mostly looks pretty much like Windows 7, so it can't be worse.