Your Thoughts on TouchScreens

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ThirdDegreePun, Sep 11, 2016.

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  1. ThirdDegreePun

    ThirdDegreePun Well-Known Member

    So, when they first came out I, like I'm sure many of us, was like;
    "Pffft. What a gimmick. Waste of money. Blah blah".
    I now find myself in a situation where I'm thinking the best computer choice in terms of balancing resolution, battery, and of course price, is the New Blade 1080p model. This notably lacks a touchscreen due to the matte display.

    These screens have grown on me sneakily. I didn't notice them at first, but now I find myself instinctively navigating through my fingertips...just yesterday I became one of those people who tried to use a computer without a touchscreen, pawing ineffectually at the display like some quasi-comatose zombie.

    Admittedly I don't use the touchscreen on my laptop much when it's set up at home, but out and about it is integrated naturally into my use, even when I have a mouse with me. Sometimes I just like swiping or tapping quickly on the screen.

    So my questions are these:
    • What do you think of TouchScreens?
    • Do you use yours?
    • Have you given one up and missed it?
    • Am I honestly being a silly sausage and should just suck it up, get the nice computer and idk put an electric film on the display for the first few months to shock me when I try and use it...
    Thanks! Let's all keep entertained whilst we wait to be able to buy stuff when it's made available in your respective stores/countries :)
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  2. SirJayDee

    SirJayDee Active Member

    I'm old(school) and want a clean screen, not one full with greasy fingerprints. So no touchscreen for me! :confused_:
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  3. ThirdDegreePun

    ThirdDegreePun Well-Known Member

    Yeah fair enough! I clean my screen pretty often regardless, although under light the fingerprints do look pretty bad haha
  4. TK-1987

    TK-1987 Well-Known Member

    On my desktop I never miss it. So I wouldn't even consider using a Touch enabled desktop setup. I feel there is no need.

    HOWEVER!!!! I've used several laptops in the last two years and some had touch screens and some did not. And everytime I use one without touch I miss it. For me it eliminates the need for a mouse on a laptop when using the desktop for general purpose. Gaming or work I would still require a mouse. But, when you're just lunging on the couch watching netflix or just browsing the web, then having a touch screen is really convenient. And I honestly don't care that I have to clean the screen every now and then. Just don't use your laptop and eat pizza at the same time and all is good.

    I think it should be an option for all laptops to have the feature. Miss is alot currently. :slightly_sad:
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  5. ThirdDegreePun

    ThirdDegreePun Well-Known Member

    yeah, I feel like in certain contexts I would miss kinda feels weird spending a lot of money and missing out on a feature I have currently...bah decisions are hard...
  6. forevercrl

    forevercrl Active Member

    My 3.5 years old laptop is a touchscreen laptop. I don't really clean my laptop screen so that fingerprint on it is ok for me. But honestly I seldom use touchscreen function (can say as not using at all). After 3 years using that laptop I'm facing an issue which is it sense I touch it but actually not (touchscreen faulty) and I replace it with a normal screen without touchscreen function. Touchscreen would be useful if need it. But if you are normal user, touchscreen would less necessary for you.
  7. bowiescompanda

    bowiescompanda Active Member

    I vote no to touchscreens for the exact reason @SirJayDee brought up. If I can't connect a mouse, I'll use the trackpad/touchpad/whatever-its-called over touching the screen.
  8. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Touchscreen proponent here. It's funny because I've met quite a few people who went through what you're experiencing right now. At first, everyone writes them off as superfluous and gimmicky. But after they actually experience an ultrabook, I haven't seen a single person say they don't like the screen. Touchscreens are just an undeniably natural and intuitive form of input. I remember firing up Rhinoceros (3D modeling software) on a touchscreen for the first time. It took me all of 1 minute to teach myself how to pan, zoom, and rotate without any instructions because of how intuitive the touch controls were.

    I hate trackpads. I know it's probably because most of them are factory set with lower sensitivity so the cursor moves too slow yet I don't ever bother changing the settings. Touch allows me to click anywhere on the screen without having to move a cursor to the target. When using a trackpad, I always find myself getting frustrated because I feel constricted and wish I had a mouse instead.

    With that said, I don't think the average clamshell laptop form factor benefits as much from touchscreens. It's devices like hybrids, 2-in-1 notebooks, and tablets with attachable keyboards that are able to make the most use out of a touchscreen. This is especially true when you switch to tablet mode in Windows 10. I hope Razer will make one someday :rolleyes:
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  9. reme1986

    reme1986 Member

    I have a blade 14, 2014, the touchscreen is nice, however it gets brightspots on the screen and mine died after a year and a half
  10. ThirdDegreePun

    ThirdDegreePun Well-Known Member

    Yeah you're right in that I only use the touchscreen when it's not at my desk, such as being a LAPtop or even when I'm doing certain tasks at a table or whatnot. Windows 10 is designed a lot for touch, are several applications I use. Whilst not integral to my needs having that input option has always been nice. More efficient than cursor moving indeed

    That sounds somewhat not were being gentle yes? It's a touch screen not a punch screen :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye_:
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  11. 2BOSS4YOU

    2BOSS4YOU Active Member

    I think touchscreens should only be in tablets or smartphones. I don't see the use of a touchscreen in a computer when you have a mouse...
  12. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Well you don't always have a mouse with a laptop/ultrabook. Have you tried using a Microsoft Surface? It's like a match made in heaven.
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  13. GreenChris90

    GreenChris90 Active Member

    I don't personally like the touchscreens. I had one on my laptop, but I would always just prefer my mouse. Seemed more responsive to me
  14. Hucast

    Hucast Well-Known Member

    I only want touchscreens on my phones and my tablets, not my PC. Windows 8 was an absolute nightmare with its touch screen interface. I traded in a laptop with a touch screen for one with Ultra 4K screen, best decision I ever made.
  15. bowiescompanda

    bowiescompanda Active Member

    I think you're spot on. A tablet or a hybrid is perfect for a touchscreen, but I've never used one on a laptop consistently. I've turned mine off and disabled the driver for the touchscreen on my Blade.
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  16. ThirdDegreePun

    ThirdDegreePun Well-Known Member

    I think just in general Windows 8 (pre 8.1) was a nightmare...I loathed that system and was terrified of getting a computer with a newer OS than windows 7 for ages. Not to mention how when 8 came out with its very touchable appearance suddenly everyone thought all computers running Windows 8 were touch screen equipped...those poor display models and staff at tech stores...

    Depends what you're doing and if it's been optimized for touch or not. Some applications have buttons too tiny or no good gesture support so touching is painful, however just the other day I was using my touch screen whilst setting up a new router as it's interface on chrome was very touch friendly.

    They definitely benefit a lot more! Turning the whole driver off though? What did it do to deserve such a fate?
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  17. bowiescompanda

    bowiescompanda Active Member

    It exists! :mad_: I've been really impressed with Windows 10, but there are some things like turning the touchscreen feature off, or turning the trackpad off, that don't seem to work consistently for me. Like I have to re-do it every time I turn on my PC. So disabling the drivers has been a more successful, permanent solution.

    Reflecting on it a bit more while writing this, I think a big negative for me is the distance from screen. The screen on this laptop (14' Blade) sits significantly further away than my iPad does when I have it in its stand with a wireless keyboard. It feels more natural to open apps and use my finger(s) to navigate around. But I'd be lying if I said when I have my iPad and keyboard set up (usually on work travel) I never reach for a mouse. Maybe I have some psychological connection between a keyboard and a mouse - like I can't have one without the other.
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  18. ThirdDegreePun

    ThirdDegreePun Well-Known Member

    Hmm interesting. I agree Windows 10 is pretty nice, haven't experienced those issues but then again I haven't really done them either. Understand your frustration though. Why did you want the touchscreen disabled, if you don't mind me asking?

    Yeah absolutely the touch screen is only used when it's super close, as in a distance where a trackpad might get uncomfortable. Being portable I will sometimes have the laptop in strange positions and that's when I'll use the touchscreen too :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye_:

    But yeah some things I MUST have keyboard AND mouse for, I can't stand trackpads personally..they're always annoying for me to use for the same reason I hate typing on my phone; I know I could do it so much faster if I just plugged a mouse /swapped to my desk and the time it takes infuriates me...
  19. bowiescompanda

    bowiescompanda Active Member

    I can't remember what game I was playing, but there was a hair or some debris on the screen, and w/o thinking I reached over and tried to flick it away. Needless to say I killed myself at a crucial point. The touchscreen has not been active on my Blade since...
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  20. ThirdDegreePun

    ThirdDegreePun Well-Known Member

    Haha oh dear, fair enough! That'd traumatise me too! I tend to just blow hairs away or use a cloth for that reason
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