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Why Would You Want a Touchscreen Computer?
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Why Would You Want a Touchscreen Computer?

Win8Retailers often have signs reminding consumers to look but don’t touch. The concern of course is that an item might get broken. Interestingly, studies from Ohio State University reveal that there is a much greater chance that people will buy something if in fact they can touch it first. All they need is 30 seconds of contact.

An End of an Era?

The same appears to be true with those that have the opportunity to test a responsive touchscreen after years of hammering away on a traditional laptop or desktop. There are countless stories like the one told by Lance Ulanoff who got to have some serious face time playing with a touchscreen only to have an inconsiderate hurricane interfere. It was at this moment in time that Lance had the epiphany that the era of dead-screen computers was going to come to an end.

Quicker and More Intuitive

Early adopters to computers with touchscreens contend that it is easier and faster to interact with a PC via a touchscreen and that it eliminates the need to memorize keyboard shortcuts. They feel that it is an intuitive thing to tap and swipe on a screen since the elements you are viewing are displayed on the screen. Additionally, those that have previously used multi-touch and trackpad gestures and have used smartphones and tablets have already been primed for the experience and will find it to be very natural and fluid.

Caution: Arms May Fall Off!

Of course the debate is two sided about touchscreens. There are those that think that it is unnatural to be touching a screen on a PC. They contend that people’s arms will fall off from fatigue, resulting in a life threatening situation. They fail to realize that if such a tragedy occurs, a touchscreen is much easier to use with one’s nose than a keypad. Thankfuly, a solution to such a problem is found in the very technology causing the problem.

Seriously, though, if there is a concern about arm fatigue, that may indicate a much more serious problem having to do with the inactive lifestyle that many people live. If such is the case, perhaps the exercise that one gets from using their touchscreen may just be another selling point for it.

The All-In-One Experience Involves a Mouse and Keyboard

Although some people mistakenly assume that transitioning to all-in-one computers means going mouseless and without a keyboard, that isn’t the case, these systems are built with the intention of having the users combine the use of the touchscreen with the use of a keyboard and mouse. As people accommodate to the experience, a natural evolution will take place and functions that can be conducted multiple ways will begin showing more favor to the touch of the screen.

Ready to Reach Critical Mass?

There is now enough water under the bridge with all-in-one technology and the introduction of Windows 8 that the primary selling point for many people is no longer to save space. Touchscreen technology now appeals to regular users.  Indeed, many are anxious to enjoy a ginormous touchscreen tablet in every room of the house that can double as a desktop or even a TV. Backing out the possible loss of limbs as a deterrent, there appear to be numerous reasons why a person may want to transition to a touchscreen.

Are you a touchscreen fan? Share your opinions below.

About the Author:

Bruno Galera works for Dell and has a passion for technology. When he’s not reading about the latest industry trends, you can find him cooking, reading, cheering on his favorite football team or at a museum enjoying contemporary art and photography.
About the Author:

BrunoBruno Galera works for Dell and has a passion for technology. When he’s not reading about the latest industry trends, you can find him cooking, reading, cheering on his favorite football team or at a museum enjoying contemporary art and photography.

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

2 Comments
  • Kevin Menzel (@kevinmenzel)

    Touchscreens are great for everything except actually getting work done. The human touch just simply isn’t as precise as a keyboard and mouse. It speeds up some work flow, but definitely no where close to all workflow – and I say that as someone who has owned and used a touchscreen computer for two years now.

    June 7, 2013 at 6:31 pm Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      Thanks for the comment. I don’t think much of Windows 8 which is the main reason for the number of touchscreen PCs coming out unless you are in the classic desktop it doesn’t work very well with a mouse.Bob

      June 7, 2013 at 8:38 pm Reply

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