I will chuck my ten pence worth in here.
I found Scriviner, because Microsoft managed to lose an entire book that I had written on their servers and then flatly refused to take any responsibility, the utter arrogance and contempt that there customers ‘service’ offers has led me to not want to use any of their products again. Be warned that if you are using Word on Windows 8 and assume that you are saving a hard copy on your hard drive - well, Microsoft has other ideas for you, and are too arrogant to tell you about them.
So like you, I would love to afford a Mac, but they are out of my price range.
I too looked into Chome, for all of the good reasons given above, However, for me it is a non-starter as it ties to the google system completely, and you can do nothing with it if you are away from an internet connection. I am sure that it will be a viable alternative to the wretched Microsoft at some point, but not yet.
The advice to keep away from Windows 8 is sound. I am going to be ‘downgrading’ (actually, upgrading) to windows 7 on all of my machines. Not only is Windows 8 a poor experience, but it just does not work. It is broken software, and everyone knows it.
One silver lining to all of this for me, is that I have found Scrivener and find it a fantastic piece of software. So much so, that any operating system would now have to accommodate it for me to be interested.
As to touchscreens I agree with the comments made above. After much research, I bought an Asus T100 asus.com/uk/Notebooks_Ultra … _Book_T100
I am very pleased with it, I find it a very good experience to type on, although if you have big hands, you may disagree and it is super portable. However, Scrivener does not work well on touch screen, but really - who cares? At the moment touchscreens are a gimmick in my view. It would be nice if scrivener worked well on just tablet, as many writers now use Ipads and the like. However, I am in no rush.
So I would focus on what works for you and gets the job done. Steer clear of windows 8 and Microsoft altogether if you have the option. At the end of the day, the security of your files are paramount.