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This week’s poll question is: Will Your Next Laptop Have A Touchscreen?

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Up until recently, touchscreens were mainly seen on smartphones and tablets. The launch of Windows 8, coupled with the advent of ultra-light Ultrabooks, made it more logical for laptops to come with touchscreens. Recently, we reviewed (and liked) the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook Review & Giveaway Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook Review & Giveaway The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga is a laptop/tablet hybrid with a flexible screen which can be rotated 360 degrees, turning this seemingly regular-looking Ultrabook into a tablet. Don’t be confused by its appearance, though, this 13.3-inch... Read More which comes with a touchscreen – an Ultrabook that seems to be popular among our readers. But is the touchscreen on laptops really useful? Is it a feature you’d want on your new laptop? Would you tolerate it, or does it seem completely unnecessary?

What is a touchscreen good for on a laptop? What would you use it for? If you don’t like the idea, why not? Discuss everything below!

  1. mary
    August 6, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I would lie a laptop with touch screen,

  2. John Doe III
    April 9, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I wouldn't mind having a touchscreen laptop, if my preferred brand of laptops (Asus) would make one in the screen size I wanted (17.3" +).

  3. Sandra Bruckner
    April 9, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    For me, I'm not sure if it matters one way or the other. I have an iPad and like the touchscreen feature, but because I am usually typing while on my laptop, having a touchscreen isn't that big a deal. For editing video or audio, it would be a huge advantage.

  4. carie
    April 9, 2013 at 4:56 am

    A few years ago I had a acer travelmate tablet laptop. Basically you could flip the screen over the keyboard and then use the supplied stylus. It was fantastic for editing and creating graphics. But this was the days of windows xp, so navigating windows was difficult, not to mention the fact that text recognition was no where near what it is today. I loved and cherished that laptop but sadly it died as laptops do. I tried to replace it, but no laptop company made them anymore... so I am hoping now that that such things are back in fashion, someone will make one again.

    As an aside, recently upgraded from windows 7 to 8 and got to say I really like windows 8. This surprised me somewhat but once I got my mind around the fact the start screen was now one big window as apposed to a pop up side bar, I started seeing just how much improved it is. Windows explorer is much slicker, the fact that Aero is out is a blessing, the clean application windows works well...

    So to summarise, would I like to couple this experience with a touchscreen, yes, provided that touch screen can double as graphics tablet using stylus when needed.

  5. Greg
    April 9, 2013 at 2:37 am

    If the Chromebook Pixel comes down in price, that's what I'll be getting.

  6. Réy Aétar
    April 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    meaningless same like accelerometer on a laptop :p

  7. Victor Ong
    April 8, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Hopefully my next laptop will have a touchscreen. In my everyday life, I do a lot of writing, and searching for a pen and paper all the time can be quite irritating. Having a digitizer pen and touchscreen would work wonders for me.

    Aside from that, touchscreens are more intuitive. Instead of scrolling a webpage on a touchpad, one could easily use the screen to move it. That is just one of the many ways that touchscreens are more intuitive.

    Also, many programs are including touchscreen functionality as part of their design. Windows 8 is a prime example. I know many, many people HATE Windows 8, but I honestly find it refreshing and useful. I've used it on a touchscreen before and it is very, very fluid and useful.

    The touchscreen is the way of the future. It makes work better, it makes using the computer more intuitive, and many programs use it as an input. As the technology world moves towards touchscreens, I think that it would be good to "stay ahead" of the game.

  8. Abhishek Rai
    April 8, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Touchscreens on laptop seems kind of unnecessory to me so i wil go with the 4th option. with the world moving to touchscreen for every device they interact with, Laptop and desktops(in my opinion) are to be kept away. I have seen people with touchscreen laptop and desktops but they never used it or did't find a single oppurtunity to make use of it. also in my opinion 2013 would be very early for the world to use it.

    On the contrary, if major players of the market make it kind of standard on thier laptop and make thier laptop light weight with detachable screen(more like a tablet) and yeah ofcourse a good operating system to interact with, not the windows 8 i will not mind it.

  9. clulisa
    April 8, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I think it would be great to have a touch screen on my next laptop. I find myself trying to use touch sometimes on my laptop... oops... wrong device. I want all the functionality.

  10. john swiman
    April 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Touch screens on a laptop or notebook is really not important. Yes there are certain programs which have been designed to be used (especially in the food services industry) but they were designed for terminals that will have constant use and will be handled by many people. Now this may not be true if you decided to have your food service people in restaurants carry around a laptop with them.

    The only other industry that may have a need for touch screens is in the medical industry with the movement of keeping patients records now in a digital format and then a laptop and or notebook with touch screen is of value to add repetitive entry of notes. But then again it will depend of the type of program

  11. Dominic Chang
    April 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    if it is a laptop for the road why not when you could use it as a tablet with high processing power. however in daily use I think it is just an eye candy. how does one type a document with just fingers as well as paying games on a machine that weighs about 1.5 kg at lightest. touchscreen really is just an additional function that's all. just like buying the bamboo tablet. helps people to draw on a computer but not needed by all.

  12. Chinmay Sarupria
    April 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Touchscreen in Laptop doesn't makes any difference. It doesn't brings any extra functionality. It is only useful in increasing speed of doing things.

  13. macwitty
    April 8, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    No, my next one will not be with touchscreen. Have to replace my Macbook very soon and I do not think Apple will do any within a near future. Anyhow I can see a use for it when editing photos, using a stylus. Also i think it can be easier to use the screen instead of keyboard/mouse when giving presentations

  14. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    April 8, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Nay. I welcome touchscreen to my tablet and phone anytime, but there's no reason why a laptop need one. It may be fancy and will hold your interest for one or two days, but after the curiosity phase is over, it's another useless gimmick.
    Besides I don't like seeing finger smudge all over my monitor.

  15. Bumferry
    April 8, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I have a tablet and a smartphone and enjoy the touchscreen as it brings a different way to interact with the online world.
    However, for me, a laptop is used for a lot of typing and I just can't imagine writing 1000+ using one finger..... it would probably fall off!

    • dragonmouth
      April 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Touch screen on a laptop or a desktop is a case of "When you're a hammer, the entire world looks like a nail."

  16. Chris Hoffman
    April 8, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Eventually it will, whether you like it or not. Unless you buy a Mac, I suppose.

    • K Cartesius
      April 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Macs being among the very few "laptops" that you can actually use on your lap (no vents under), they are lagging dangerously far behind if they don't get touch really fast.

      For use on your lap, in bed, resting on a couch etc. touch is THE feature to have.

      Because most laptops ain't real laptops, people tend to use them on tables as stationary computers. Cheap, misleading (per definition) manufacturing and marketing does this.

  17. Junil Maharjan
    April 8, 2013 at 4:57 am

    i've got an asus transformer and it is really great to use it. pretty much like a laptop with the advantage of the tablet. but it still lacks the feel and efficiency of a laptop. so a touchscreen laptop would be great mostly with windows 8.

  18. Bro
    April 8, 2013 at 3:03 am

    I kinda think a touch screen would be more work then using keyboard and mouse. Usually it's just a flick of the wrist and a few finger movements to get a job done. Why would I want to have to move my whole arm? I'm not saying I'm lazy, I just think if it's not broken why would you want want to add more work to yourself to do the same task it was able to do before? Also, I don't want to look like an idiot pointing at random things on my screen the next time I'm at a coffee shop.

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 8, 2013 at 7:56 am

      Laptops with touchscreens still have a keyboard and mouse, just like any other laptop. So the touchscreen doesn't come in place of a keyboard and mouse, and you don't have to use the touchscreen if you don't want to.

      That's the main problem, really. I think the touchscreen is a nice addition, but there's almost never a good reason to use it...

      • dragonmouth
        April 8, 2013 at 12:48 pm

        "you don’t have to use the touchscreen if you don’t want to."

        Then why include it and increase the price? To increase the price and profits. :) Manufacturers want to include the latest technology in all their products, whether it makes sense or not; whether it is really wanted or not. This goes for all industries.

        As far as my next laptop having a touch screen, I don't know. I do not own a tablet or a smart phone so I don't what ergonomic effect a touch screen would have on my hand(s). My daughter sometimes complains that her thumb hurts from using her phone. I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from many years of using the keyboard. From what I've seen, I think a touch screen would wreak havoc with my wrist.

        • Yaara Lancet
          April 9, 2013 at 6:37 am

          The point is that these screens are becoming the norm, laptops with touchscreens don't necessarily cost more. You can find budget Ultrabooks with touchscreens as well as more expensive ones.

      • Bro
        April 8, 2013 at 2:36 pm

        True laptops will still have a mouse and keyboard, but what I meant was I would never use a touch screen. The only good reasons I can see it being used is either for someone with medical condition that makes using the m&k almost impossible or for touch screen games like Angry Birds, Plants Vs Zombies, ect. Yeah those games would be fun to play on a touch screen, but why would I pay the extra $100 or so(I'm guessing) to be able to play games that can easily be added to your phone? I kinda see it like the 3D TVs. Just a gimmick to make most people pay more for something they don't need. Either that or they're trying to merge laptops and tablets together so the laptop manufacturers can still compete with tablets.

        • Yaara Lancet
          April 9, 2013 at 6:38 am

          But what if it would cost the same? Because I think that's where it's heading. Already you can get Ultrabooks with touchscreens for very reasonable prices.

  19. Zhong J
    April 8, 2013 at 2:26 am

    We have the iPad, the iPhone, iPod, now the iLaptop? Companies shouldn't be adopting touchscreen technology integrating to the main functionality of computers because you cannot operate a machine using finger gestures. Touchscreen are more appealing to children than adults, I tend to find them bothersome because it'll dirty the screen, cause annoyances if someone tried to troll you, and nobody would use it.

    Will my next laptop have touchscreen capability? No. Touchscreen is only useful when you want to quickly move something or launch something out of the screen and it's a good idea for childrens to play around with (If you have childrens). It generally costs more to purchase a laptop with touchscreen functionality and could easily tarnish your screen. Windows 8 didn't do anything innovative, just combine a tablet and PC into one.

  20. phogey2
    April 7, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I don't see much use for touch on laptop. For a tablet & phone ok but that is mostly due to size.reaching across the keyboard & mouse no i don't like that.when i'm using touch it never fails that i wish for a mouse to use.

  21. Tobias Kiuntke
    April 7, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Probably not. I'm looking at it but it isn't that important of an issue for me when selecting a laptop. It may actually be too clumsy and out of the way for me to use. I would rather have a good processor, RAM and video memory.

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 8, 2013 at 7:54 am

      But a touchscreen doesn't necessarily come in place of a good processor, RAM, etc. Many modern Ultrabooks have strong specs AND a touchscreen. Would you still avoid it in this case?

  22. Tim Walsh
    April 7, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I edit a lot of audio on my laptop now. To be able to use the mixer sliders and treat the virtual mixer like an actual mixer using a touchscreen sounds amazing to me.

  23. Tom Six
    April 7, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I like the idea of a touch screen on laptop...it makes it seem so futuristic and exciting for me, but when I really think of it, a touch screen on a laptop just makes it seem like a novelty or gimmick... For example, when I first switched to Vista, the aero graphics was mind blowing, so geeky and cool...but I just disabled as soon after. I had no real use for it. The aero experience is what I feel touch on a laptop will be. But I do appreciate touch screens on cell phones and tablets.

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 8, 2013 at 7:53 am

      That's funny, about Aero. I guess you like Windows 8 then, they just did away with the whole thing. :)

      I actually kind of missed Aero when I first switched to Windows 8, but can't say I miss it so much anymore.

      • Tom Six
        April 9, 2013 at 4:32 am

        I actually did install W8 and I loved it...it was my first laptop with a touch mouse...the whole gesture thing on the mouse pad is amazing. There are some improvements that could be done. But needless to say, two days later my hard drive messed up, so I'm without my trusty lap top. Go figure! lol. :)

  24. crescentdave
    April 7, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I actually like the idea of an ultra thin, blue-tooth touchpad that I can use for my laptop and my desktop. For some reason, I like the idea of not having to smudge my screen, extend my arm over my keyboard in order to take some sort of action which is supposed to be easier than mouse or keyboard control.

  25. James Ezell
    April 7, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I think my next Windows machine would have been but I made the switch to Linux and Mac. I love my Macbook pro and only use Windows when I have to. I would love to have a touchscreen but not with Windows

  26. Chris Marcoe
    April 7, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I certainly hope they have a touch screen. It seems like it would work really well with gaming. though, I've never games with a touch screen.

    The problem seems like it would add quite a bit to the price. And, as an IT specialist, it also seems like the repair will become more difficult and more expensive.

    Also, don't they already have this tech? My Doctor already has these in his office. Open the laptop and it works like one. Turn the screen around and it converts into a tablet. though, its a pretty bulky tablet.

    And, when you use a tablet like, say, a Surface, with a keyboard, isn't it the same concept? you have a Touch screen and a keyboard.

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 8, 2013 at 7:51 am

      Hi Chris,

      I wasn't implying that the technology doesn't exist yet. I own a laptop with a touchscreen myself, and there are many models already available. It's a fairly new trend, though, which became much more popular when Windows 8 came out, so more and more laptops incorporate touchscreens now.

      Most of the people I know don't own one yet, unless they bought a laptop within the last 6 months. That's why I asked about "your next laptop", but there is an option that says "I already own one".

      The Surface RT is not really a laptop, as it can only run Modern apps and doesn't really have desktop mode. The Surface Pro would be more like a laptop with a touchscreen.

      • Chris Marcoe
        April 8, 2013 at 2:55 pm

        All true. Thank you for the reply. The tech has been around for a while (My Dr's comps are about 6 years old).

        I'm not sure I would consider any of the surfaces a laptop, really. Just that with the addition of a keyboard, they can act like one, somewhat.

        I wonder why the stopped (or slowed WAY down) with the tech from the convertible laptop/tablets before they started with the newer trend, as you mention, in the last 6 months or so?

        • Yaara Lancet
          April 9, 2013 at 6:41 am

          I'm not sure they stopped. The one I just bought a months ago is convertible, and there are several other models. But you're right, it's not as common as you'd think, and the one I ended up buying (Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga) is the only one of its kind I could find, around here at least.

  27. c. Watson
    April 7, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I had a touch screen on my laptop. It was a Sony All in One 24 inch.
    I barely used it. It was awkward to reach across my desk. And when I put Windows 8 on I thought it would be great. Again, not convenient. My granddaughter had a touch screen lap top and it was ok. They are best for tablets and phones. So is Windows 8.

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