Should you buy a touchscreen laptop?

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - April 20th, 2015
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Touchscreens are now more widely available and easy to use than ever. Even the most rudimentary devices that utilise them offer good feedback and can detect inputs accurately. One device that the technology is slowly being integrated into is the laptop, but is the hype to be believed?

Positives

More software companies are building their offerings with touch in mind. This trend is continuing to grow, with some companies now creating laptops with a large, foldable touch screen, and Microsoft committed to their Surface range, which features many touch laptops. For the time being at least, touchscreen laptops look as though they will be future-proof, which is the first big positive.

Laptop manufacturers are offering touchscreen functionality as standard on a host of devices, so the functionality is now heading towards becoming common across the industry.

A further bonus is that touchscreen tech is generally more usable - in the case of smartphones and tablets at least. When twinned with a powerful laptop, their intuitiveness can decrease the need for keyboard shortcuts and ultimately hold the potential to speed up the way you work.

Negatives

While the positives shouldn't be underplayed, there are also a few drawbacks to be considered. It may sound like a relatively basic problem, but constantly touching the screen of any laptop results in smudges and smears.

These may not be especially noticeable all of the time, but if they build up they can actually get in the way of other functions, making the laptop harder to use in general.

A further negative is the fact that many of the most popular applications are unlikely to need support for touch. For example, if you spend the majority of your time using Chrome, iTunes or Adobe programmes, you may not have a huge need for the embellishment of a touchscreen.

The wider market

Whether a touchscreen laptop is right for you is something that should be carefully assessed, but there can be no denying that they are rising in popularity.

Though these laptops are perhaps still a little niche, if all of the projections come true and manufacturers can iron out any issues, then it looks like they'll be sticking around for some time to come.


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