Gateway: Glowing touchpads 'ultra chic'; Your PC gets a mood ring

Every once in a while a PC maker tries to be more fashionable and makes you want to run away screaming. Welcome to the world of glowing touchpads. Thanks Gateway.

Every once in a while a PC maker tries to be more fashionable and makes you want to run away screaming. Welcome to the world of glowing touchpads. Thanks Gateway.

Gateway, owned by Acer, is out with a new line of notebooks, dubbed the Gateway ID Series. The aim: A thin notebook with a design that's thin lightweight and "modern, chic and eye-catching."

By this point, 30 words into the statement I'm ready to hurl. Why? If you have to say your device is "modern, chic and eye-catching" chances are you're trying too hard.

But I played along and kept reading. Gateway statement reads:

The Gateway ID Series comes in a sleek silver casing that is punctuated by a unique aqua-blue touchpad that glows when touched, acting as a beacon for accessing entertainment and information.

A glowing aqua-blue touchpad. Really?!? A beacon? It's a touch pad. Is that the best you could come up with? That's the equivalent of a mood ring for a PC.

The rest of Gateway's ID laptops sound similar to others. New graphic chips some shiny metal and media features to go along with a nice screen. But the most striking element is that glowing touch pad. Gateway says:

The most striking element of the new Gateway ID Series notebooks is the aqua-blue touchpad that resembles matte glass when not lit, and then glows when touched. The effect is enhanced as customers use the notebook’s multi-gesture capabilities to more intuitively scroll through documents, rotate photos, and pinch to zoom in on websites.

Maybe I'm a bit too curmudgeonly to see the promise of a glowing touch pad, but I'm just not feeling the love. Does a glowing touch pad make you want to run out and get a Gateway?

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