Touch Screens or not

They’re all the rage; but are they worth the outlay?

Thanks to the amazing capabilities of my tablet and smartphone, I have found myself many a time double-tapping the space bar on my laptop in search of a full-stop. As the transition between touch screens and regular laptops is becoming blurred, doesn’t it make sense that all our gadgets evolve and our beloved mouse become extinct? Is it time to sell my laptop?

Let’s not go into touchscreens on desktops; unless you have praying mantis arms, you’re going to be in a world of pain after an eight hour day reaching across your keyboard to your desktop screen. But should we be investing in touch screen laptops?

Touch Screen Laptops

Touch Screen Laptop Pros

Hybrid Laptops combine the best features of laptops and tablets. The new Microsoft Surface pro 4 with stylus is one such innovation. If you use digital art programs, you will no longer have to use a trackpad or tablet to sketch, saving plenty of money in the long run

Similarly, with the stylus and touch screen laptop, you can easily write notes: very handy if you write faster than you type. Recognition software can transform your writing into digital form.

Children pick up on touch screen operation with frightening speed. The interaction is more intuitive and responsive. It makes sense to kids to swipe and tap the screen and it’s fun.

Touch Screen Laptop Cons

Experiments have shown the battery life is reduced by as much as 4hrs in a touch screen laptop, even if you don’t use the feature.

Most touch screen models, especially in the low to mid price range are noticeably thicker and heavier than their static screen twin.

Not Necessary…yet. Apart from some games, at this stage 99% of windows apps and programs are built with mouse in mind, limiting any great benefit in using the touch screen.

Reaching up and out to your screen and trying to mimic the sensitivity of your tiny curser with your big fat finger will get frustrating.

In summary, if you’re looking at a clamshell only touch screen laptop, you pay more and wind up with less usability, less battery life and less portability. We recommend a good quality (expensive) hybrid to get the most benefit; but at this stage, avoiding the touch screen computer is not out of touch.

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