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How to Find the Right Touchscreen Laptop
There are a growing number of touchscreen laptop computers on the marketplace. Their primary advantage is easy, intuitive navigation. Of course not all of these devices offer as much as others, so consumers should spend a little time learning more before they buy.
On this page you'll find a few tips for choosing the right touchscreen laptop and discover some of the more popular and better reviewed models. Always assess your needs and wants carefully to assure you'll be satisfied with your laptop's performance, but don't "over buy" and spend more for processing power you won't really use.
Obviously when you choose a touchscreen laptop, the first things you need to consider are the general laptop features. You need a laptop that performs well and then you can focus on the touchscreen interface.
Another important aspect to be considered is portability. For some users, a larger, heavier device may be acceptable as they will primarily use it in one location. For others, smaller and lighter is what they need as they will take it everywhere.
Certainly storage needs have to be taken into account as well. Of course online storage and so forth are available, but you'll need to determine how much onboard storage you need. If you'll be storing a lot of photos and video, 500GB (or more) might be good.
Speed and processing power can be critical for many users. Dual core and quad core models are best for gaming, HD video, and heavy duty processing. Rotational speed should be a factor in the decision making too. Certainly 7,200rpm should meet most any needs. However, for lighter use devices, money can be saved with less powerful, somewhat slower units so if you aren't a "power user", don't have to buy more than you need. Keep in mind however, you needs may change over time.
Other considerations include the operating system and perhaps systems to safeguard your data. Fingerprint security and much more are available. Many people want a built-in webcam and mic for the purposes of video chat. Media center devices may provide TV tuners, higher quality speakers, connections for headphones, mics, and other devices, optical drives for Blu-Ray or DVDs, and more. An HD resolution screen can provide the best viewing experience with higher resolution.
While screen size is always worth considering, it is particularly important with a touchscreen laptop. The larger the screen, the less like users will make input errors. Smaller icons tend to result in more mistakes. Of course this has to be balanced with portability and individual user needs as well.
While some touchscreens offer single touch control which allows users to tap on icons to navigate, most provide multi-touch control which recognizes multiple touch input and allows greater control; for instance, users can zoom-in and out by pinching and stretching images.
While a glossy touch screen will look beautiful, they will also gather more fingerprints and tend to experience more glare. A matte finish is more functional in many instances.
Ideally, a touchscreen will be sensitive enough to pick up small movements but not so sensitive that it misinterprets a small brush of the screen as a tap. Certainly, putting hands on a touchscreen is extremely useful in determining how sensitive the device is, but another option is to review current customer input. The honest feedback from other users is fairly reliable if you look at the average across multiple reviews. Clicking on any featured product on this page should give you the opportunity to read additional information about the product and view current user reviews.
This touchscreen laptop from Acer, offers a 15.6" high definition 16:9 widescreen, LED backlit, LCD screen. It provides an ideal mobile home theater and is perfect for social networking. It comes loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit version.
Navigation is quick and intuitive with the integrated multi-touch screen and viewing is superb with the 1366x768 resolution, 220 nit brightness, and 8ms response time. A 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-450M dual-core processor provides speed and Intel's Turbo Boost technology accelerates performance to match your workload. The Intel HD Graphics, advanced video engine, delivers smooth, high-quality HD video playback, and advanced 3D capabilities. It also features a 500 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM), 4 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (1066 MHz), NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 1 GB of dedicated DDR3 video memory, and 8x SuperMulti DVD±R/RW drive.
This Acer laptop also has a 1.3-megapixel HD webcam for video chat/VOIP with 1280 x 1024 resolution. It can also take still pictures and videos that you can share with friends. The stereo speakers provide third-generation Dolby Home Theater audio enhancement technologies and includes Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Natural Bass, and Dolby Sound Space.
This device offers Wireless-N Wi-Fi connectivity, a multi-gesture touchpad, multi-in-1 digital media card reader, 4 USB ports, HDMI out, 6-cell lithium-ion battery, and one year warranty.
The TouchSmart tm2-2050us offers a lot of storage and functionality. It's a convertable touchscreen laptop that allows the display to be twisted, turned as desired. The glossy 12.1 LED backlit, multi-touch display allows users to navigate with their finger and write notes with the included pen.
This laptop features an intel Core i3-330UM dual-core mobile processor, 4 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 memory, 640GB 5400rpm SATA hard drive, Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics, and a 1.3 megapixel webcam. Connectivity includes 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth, and Gigabit Ethernet.
Ports include 3 USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 1 headphone out/microphone in as well as a 5-in-1 card reader. This device comes with Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit version) and a 6 cell battery pack that provides 5-6 hours of use per charge.
The Asus eee PC T101MT is a very affordable option. It offers a super slim design for easy portability, and a 10.1" display that rotates to perform as a standard netbook or a tablet PC. It features an Intel ATOM N450 CPU, 1GB DDR2 1 x SODIMM slot, and 160GB hard disk drive. While Windows 7 Home Premium OS gives it multi-touch functionality, this device comes with Windows 7 Starter OS.
The touchscreen can be activated with either a finger or the included extendable stylus which is perfectly balanced for optimal weight distribution. The T101MT has palm-detecting technology that allows users to rest their palm on the display without triggering it.
This device has a .3 megapixel webcam and digital array microphone for video chat. It also features a 2-in-1 card slot to expand storage, high speed N Wi-Fi connectivity, and a variety of apps to download music, video, and movies, access shortcuts to commonly used programs, touch up photos, and much more. The T101MT has a built in recovery program that can be accessed with the touch of a button and users can easily back up data and media with the WebStorage function.
This touchscreen laptop offers 1 VGA port, 3 USB 2.0 ports, and 2 audio jacks. It has a rechargeable battery that provides up to 6.5 hours of use, and a one year warranty.
This touchscreen laptop is best at the desktop due to it's size, but it's packed with features. It has a 17.3" HD resolution, widescreen multi-touch LED display. It also features an Intel Pentium TM Dual Core T4300 processor (2.1GHz/800Mhz FSB/1MB cache), GB STATA hard drive (7,200 rpm), 8GB DDR3 SDRAM, and 8x slot loading CD/DVD burner (dual layer DVD+/-R drive).
This is a mulitmedia device and it offers 4 USB ports, a FireWire port a multimedia card reader, as well as connections for Ethernet, ExpressCard, and three audio jacks. Other features include JBL speakers, camera, and a Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD.
It offers 8.2.11g wireless and comes loaded with Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium.