Buying a touch screen laptop or good tablet can run 400 to 500 dollars, so I was happy to stumble upon an HP touch screen laptop in the 300 dollar range. I was out on a "Dad, can you get me a compass for geometry class" errand :-) at OfficeMax, saw this laptop, got it and tested it with FaceSay. It runs well. The one I picked is only an 11" screen, so it's a little small, but not a bad trade-off for the price. If I get time over the holidays, I may tweak the screen layout of FaceSay - maybe offering an option to reduce the size of the bottom blue section and enlarge the main area - to make better use of the tablet style screen dimensions.
A google at OfficeMax for "touch screen laptop" this morning to confirm that the deal is still available turned up a handful of other deals, including one for under 300 from Dell. I haven't investigated any of these in any depth, and there may be better deals at Costco, etc. I just wanted to give a heads-up on encouraging price news. This could be a long term trend, since tablets are putting pressure on laptops, both in terms of pricing and user experience.
p.s. I don't own stock in or work for OfficeMax :-).