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My view of touchscreen laptops:

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Tool of the devil: stupid and awful
  6685 votes / 18%
I'm against them (annoying, smudgy)
  9074 votes / 25%
Neutralish, but leaning slightly against
  5868 votes / 16%
Neutralish, but warming to the concept
  4343 votes / 12%
I like them, but not a fanatic
  3741 votes / 10%
They're awesome; I'm hooked
  1278 votes / 3%
There are touch-screen laptops?
  4665 votes / 13%
35654 total votes.
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My view of touchscreen laptops:

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  • by NeoMorphy (576507) on Tuesday June 18, 2013 @10:23AM (#44039107)

    I have an ASUS Transformer Infinity that I use for email, browsing, music, movies etc. I have the keyboard dock, but I use the touch screen more often than the touch pad. When I have access to both it becomes more apparent that some things are easier with the touch screen, though for others I prefer the touch pad. Move that there and select that is faster with the touchscreen than reach for the touch pad, start moving finger, visually scan for where the pointer was hiding, now move the pointer to where you want.

    I have a laptop that I use for more demanding processes like chess or video gaming. I often find myself reaching for the screen in frustration. When the prices get better my next laptop might be touch screen.

  • Re:Thought... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by jellomizer (103300) on Tuesday June 18, 2013 @11:37AM (#44039907)

    Not really.
    There are some things that are much easier with a touch display. Zooming in and out and scrolling, are much easier and faster on a touch screen then with a mouse.
    Also being able to quickly click on things, is often faster with a touch display.
    Sure we are good with a mouse, however it is slower.
    You see a pointer, your brain processes the fact that this represents your input into the computer. then you use a separate devices to control it. Up means forward Down means backwards, and left and right are the same. At the same time you will need to keep an eye on the cursor to make sure you reach your destination. Using a touch screen you are really cutting down on extra brain processing and doing what is more natural for the human to do. See it, and if you want to manipulate it you do it directly. A lot less brain power there, and you can do it much faster.

    Fingerprints isn't that big of an issue. Most of the matted displays with the back light, will often over power fingerprints until the display is turned off. Besides, I have seen a bunch of non-touch displays and they are often more smuggy, because every fingerprint just stays there, with a touch display you tend to wipe it off with normal use.

  • by Salo2112 (628590) on Tuesday June 18, 2013 @01:30PM (#44041241)
    touching non-touchscreens, which smudges them up. Low ring in Hell....
  • by D1G1T (1136467) on Tuesday June 18, 2013 @02:11PM (#44041651)
    Touch screen PCs have been around since at least the early 80s, and the fundamental problems are still there. The arm-lifting gets tiresome, the finger isn't sharp enough for precision, and skin is oily. I liken it to 3D movies, which have been reintroduced every couple decades for 70 years. A great idea but the reality of the human body gets in the way.
  • Re:Thought... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Scoth (879800) on Tuesday June 18, 2013 @04:20PM (#44042903)

    Hadn't thought of that! Makes perfect sense.

    Sadly I'm just a lone user in a sea of Good Enoughs, so there's not a lot I can do about it other than make the best of it. Said interface is written by a fluffy VOIP server company with a broad reach, so I'm sure we're not the only company that's plagued by it and unable to fix it, per se.

  • Re:Thought... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by uigrad_2000 (398500) on Tuesday June 18, 2013 @05:30PM (#44043625) Homepage Journal

    I don't think it works that way any more.

    Tablets used to be defined by the entry method. They generally had pens or styluses for user control, and a few very specialized ones had touchscreens.

    Now, Tablet OS's are almost always appstore based (iOS, Android, Blackberry Tablet OS, Windows RT, etc.). With this new generation of device, it seems the OS frequently is used to determine whether it is classified as a laptop or a tablet.

    I don't really know how Windows 8 fits in. Clearly MS thinks that software developers will be happy that they only need to make one version of their software, but it's just not going to work that way. For example, you can run Photoshop on Windows 8, but can only run Photoshop Express (flash-based) on Windows RT.

    There are devices now with semi-permanent keyboards [] running Windows 8, which I would definitely put in the "Laptop" category. MS Surface tablets with Intel CPUs and Windows 8 don't seem that much different. Sure, they can run things from the appstore, but they can run traditional third party desktop programs also.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 18, 2013 @07:17PM (#44044599)

    So, what do I use the touchscreen for? Many things, but mainly drawing/practicing alternate character sets. E.g. to practice kanji using paper and pencil uses a heck of a lot of paper. This paper takes up space. Etc. etc. But, with my touchscreen (and rotated so it's flat like a tablet), I can practice as much as I want. I save the results, and then I can compare with previous times. Brilliant. I use software called Xournal for this task, as it seems to be the best touch-knowledgable software of its time for Linux. Other software I can suggest includes Easystroke for gestures (I've got it set to only listen to the stylus, and so it ignores the mouse).

    What? This regimen is nuts. You need to check out Skritter [] immediately.

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