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Touch Screen Laptops - How To Buy a Touchscreen Laptop

Updated on September 20, 2014

Touch Screen Laptop

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Laptop computers are notoriously more cumbersome to use than desktops. In the early days of laptops you had the awkward eraser like pointing device on the keyboard. Many computers still use these. I think they are absolutely useless.

Then came the built in roller ball. These weren't much better than the eraser pointer. They are prone to clogging up with dust and not working properly. They also get slippery. I don't find them very useful either.

Of course we are all familiar with the touch pad pointing device. This type of pointing device is better than the first two attempts at making a laptop computer easy to interact with. I don't think it will ever go away but it can still be somewhat difficult to use. I'm constantly bumping the touch pad with my thumbs while I type. This moves the cursor to a different place on the screen. Before I know it, I'm typing over something that I've typed three paragraphs ago.

Touch Screen Monitors

You can always plug in an external mouse but this option isn't very practical unless you are working at a desk or table.

The next phase in the evolution of our interaction with laptop computers is the touch screen laptop. Imagine being able to highlight text by swiping your finger over the text on a touchscreen. Wouldn't it be nice to tap on the screen to navigate around the Internet? How about opening pictures with a tap, tap, tap? The possibilities are virtually endless.

Traditionally laptop computers with a touch interface have been called tablet computers. They generally come with a stylus for writing on the screen or making selections. These computers haven't been used much in the mainstream. You're more likely to find a tablet computer in the hands of your trusty USP driver than a starving college student.

HP Touch Screen Laptop Computer

In 2008, HP took a major step towards revolutionizing the way we interact with our laptop computers with the introduction of their TouchSmart line. The TouchSmart line is more advanced than the traditional tablet interface. Their laptops with touch screens make use of a technology called "multi touch". Apple made multi touch technology common place in the world today. People across the globe are absolutely loving the multi touch screens on their ipod and iphones.

With multi touch screens the user can use more than one finger simultaneously to make gestures that the computer will understand. A wavy line made on the laptop screen will launch HP's multimedia software. Once you launch the application, you can scroll through photos, rotate them, re-size them, and much more.

I'm sure it won't be long before more and more computer manufactures jump on the bandwagon of touch screen laptop displays. I for one am very anxious to replace my laptop with one.

I'm sure that it will be a while before all of your favorite software supports the touch screen interface. Think about when we first started using computer mice. Only a handful of programs initially supported the mouse input.

One thing I wonder about is the issue of finger prints on the screen. Smudges on my screen is sort of a pet peeve of mine. I'm constantly cleaning my screen as it is. Perhaps computer manufactures will develop a new material to manufacture screens out of that aren't prone to picking up fingerprints.

I for one will be watching the emergence of multi touch computer interface very closely. I'll also be saving my pennies!

Touch Screen Laptop Poll

Would you buy a laptop computer with a touch screen

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Touch Screen Laptop Video

 Here is an interesting video showing the HP TouchSmart laptop computer.  It's not too long and it's quite interesting.

What are your thoughts on touch sceen laptop computers?

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      Saul Ventura 8 years ago

      I love that computer. I hate to use the mouse with laptops. This is a good idea for laptops. I hope to buy one this year.

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      quiethorse 9 years ago

      I can't wait to buy one.

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