Capacitive touch screens are everywhere these days; they’re found on all smartphones and on some laptops. They’re, without doubt, an easier mode of interaction with the device than the regular keyboard and mouse, but the questions often unasked are: does a touch screen on a laptop always help? Do I really need it? Let’s find out by asking ourselves some more questions.
Technology is improving at a rate of knots. Only 2-3 years ago, it was special to have a laptop with 4-8gb of RAM – nowadays, this is the norm for even the low-end laptops and even smartphones for that matter!
Every time new laptops come out, we can expect the RAM to increase along with the speed of the storage, sizing, battery and so on… One feature which has just started to come mainstream into laptops is in having a touchscreen laptop. However, do people really need a touchscreen on a laptop or is it just a gimmick that will come and go just like it is seemingly doing for 3D/curved TVs? Here are the main pros and cons to having a touchscreen laptop after living with one for the past year.
What am I really using it for?
This is a good question to ask yourself before opting for a touch screen model. Follow it up with questions like: will I use the laptop for graphic-related work where touching elements directly on the screen is more accurate than using a mouse? Will I be using the laptop in flipped mode frequently? They’re important questions because if the touch input is limited only to pausing and resuming a video or touching the odd close button on the screen, then you may not need a touchscreen at all.
Will I draw and scribble notes?
This question too is pertinent because the answer will help you narrow down the type of touchscreen laptop you want. There are some laptops that let you draw and scribble accurately with a stylus while offering good palm rejection, and there are others that are good only for generic touches and pinch-zooming.
Will I be more productive using touch screen?
A touch screen laptop doesn’t always make you more productive. Being productive depends on your comfort level with the input methods available to you. In fact, there’s a good chance you’ll lose time switching between keyboard and touchscreen since they’re so far apart. Not to mention the bother of having to reach to the screen every time you want to touch it. In comparison, the keyboard-and-touchpad setup needs lesser hand movement and lets you rest your palms on the body of the laptop while using it.
Am I okay carrying a heavier laptop?
Touch screens make the laptop heavier. Even if it is only by a few grams, it adds up to make a laptop heavy. So, if you’re looking for something lightweight, a touchscreen is best avoided.
Is battery life important for me?
A touch screen display unit drains battery faster than a regular display unit because it constantly checks to see if any input is made. You can lose over an hour of battery life by getting a touchscreen model when you don’t need it.
Am I willing to spend more on a touch screen?
Since laptops with a touchscreen are still a minority in the market, their price is generally higher than those without one, usually at least by Rs 5000. So, if a touchscreen isn’t important to you, it might be wiser to get a model without one.
By telling all these, it is finally upto your mind to consider touchscreen on your next laptop. Even though it’s not a fancy feature anymore it’s not a big productive hall either. If you wish to use the feature often and enjoy, go for it for sure.