With the devices you list, sure, no problem.
But sitting back in a recliner desk chair with arms length leaving the hand a foot short of the 24 inch screen, and the hands comfortably on the keyboard, beats the hell out of sitting hard up against the desk with continuous movements of you hand an arm up and down and across the screen and elbows cramped up against your body to type.
If the logistics of touch were easier and more comfortable sitting in front of a desktop PC, I'd be in like Flynn, but they're simply not. After any extended length of time, my arm starts aching, and that's from practical hands on trials .. pardon the pun ... after trying it several times on my friends 21 inch widescreen.
It requires much less movement of arm and hands even with a laptop. The hands are supported by the desktop as you type or move mouse.
Shouldn't touch screens be placed differently than ordinary ones ? I don't have one (would like to) but have used one, built into desktop at about 15 degrees, like I read books when by the desk or table and did not have any physical fatigue or related problems. For some jobs like manipulating pictures and DTP it was actually easier than having to reach for keyboard, mouse and graphic pad all the time. To watch a movie or things like that it can be lifted to 80-90 degrees and be just as handy as a "normal" monitor and still be able to use mouse, remote control or whatever to control it.
Having a touch screen does not preclude using a mouse and keyboard, just ads some more great possibilities and features. As far as I'm concerned the only drawback is the price and need for keeping it clean but clean hands are a must anyway. Did you know that keyboards have more bacteria than average toilet ?
MS have done some seriously bad miscalculations and errors during the last year, one of them is the fantasy about everyone (on any kind of device) wanting touch, and trying to force it upon them.
(IMO the overall most enormous error was the stubborn neglecting of vast amounts of feedback and criticism. 8.1 may alleviate some of the pressure, but much harm has already been done.)
I can't see any "forcing" to use touch screen, if you did not know about it there would be no problem with it, you can use it just as before. I can not remember anybody complaining about "forcing" to use mouse when it become available at large. Once upon a time even keyboard was optional.
If you could use it just as before no one would be complaining.
I must be doing something wrong then, my mouse behaves just as before, all the buttons work.
but you like it or not future does lie in touch .. no matter being a new there is compatibility issues .. these will be corrected through more use as loose points will come out and developers will think out how to make it more smooth
Besides all those bacteria come from your own hands when using a personal PC or at worst give you sub-clinical infections which actually increase your resistance to serious illness or infection. Otherwise half the population who use internet cafes would be dropping dead like flies.
Last edited by Mustang; 16 Aug 2013 at 07:23.