Do I Need a Laptop with a Touchscreen?

touchscreen-laptopTechnology is constantly advancing, and the more it advances, the more confusing it becomes when we decide to purchase a new laptop, mobile phone, tablet, or any other device. The touchscreen has been a recent addition to laptops and they definitely have a few benefits – but many people are asking, “do I need a laptop with a touchscreen?”.

Throughout this article we’ll go through the pros and the cons of a touchscreen laptop and then add in some final thoughts about the whole review.

The Pros

The most obvious benefit when it comes to having a touchscreen laptop is you can interact more personally with your device. Some people may argue that you’re able to interact much faster as your hand is right on the screen – any touch/swipe movements will instantly be detected.

If you have a tablet or a smartphone then a touchscreen laptop probably won’t feel to foreign to you, you should adapt relatively quickly. You can also use a stylus to help you with drawing and writing which translates exceptionally well in operating systems such as Windows 8.

When touchscreen laptops first came onto the market they were pretty expensive. However, compared to last year (2013), standard 15” touchscreen laptops are 45% cheaper, the smaller and more portable 12” touchscreen laptops are a massive 62% cheaper. You can now purchase 15” models for around $400, and smaller 12” models for as low as $200.

The Cons

The most obvious con is that you are going to be touching your screen a lot, which will inevitably lead to a lot of smears and smudges. Sure, you could just get out a microfiber cloth when it gets really bad – but who wants to do that all the time?

One very popular argument against touchscreen laptops is that users’ arms will get tired and numb after constant use. If you’re constantly holding your arm up to the screen then this will definitely be a problem – however, steps have been taken to reduce this by making touchscreen laptops with detachable screens. A detachable screen allows you more freedom by being able to place the screen at an angle and even have it horizontal.

Thickness is something that many people don’t take into consideration but it can be an important factor. Touchscreen laptops are generally much thicker than their counterparts for obvious reasons, even more so if the touchscreen has an active digitizer to support pens.

It has also been shown that touchscreen laptops have a shorter battery life compared to their counterparts, which is definitely understandable. It was found that on average, the laptops that wasn’t touchscreen devices lasted for over an hour longer. That’s definitely something to consider if you are traveling a lot or simply need as much battery life as you can possibly get.

Final Thoughts

There are definitely some great advantages to the touchscreen laptop but there are also many disadvantages. The disadvantages seem to be the ones that stand out the most and will be the most universal – the benefits will be relative to the user.

If you have certain apps and software that are compatible with touchscreen, and you know exactly what you want to use it for then this might be a good option, otherwise you might just be following the hype.

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