The thing I don't understand is there have been mega posts on this forum explaining how to use keyboard commands, but now suddenly we dont' need a keyboard, only touch?
Also touch is useful in physically small devices like iPhone, but if space is so cramped that your hands can't use the keyboard on a laptop, a tablet would be a better solution. Or do you simply mean the laptop won't sit flat on your lap because it's depth is too long, so you're going to use the touch screen with the laptop screen in the vertical plane? Now that would be a neat trick!
Last edited by Mustang; 28 Sep 2012 at 05:22.
Dellius, that is true, but keep in mind, most of what you will be able to do with a Win8 Pro Tablet, you can not even come close to doing on an Ipad.
no one is saying that you are NOT going to need a mouse and keyboard at some point, no one is saying that, which is why the Surface comes with a Keyboard with a TouchPad.
If it comes with Bluetooth that would be nice.
There is no reason for the scare tactics and hysterics.
I really don't see a need for touch on a laptop unless it's one you can pull the screen off of and then it's a tablet.
Who wants to reach to the screen to touch it when the keyboard and pad are closer.
BTW I have a blackberry playbook tablet and I love the UI on it. Sounds like the RT will be less capable then the playbook.
Edit: same goes for a desktop, maybe I'm lazy but I think it would be a pain to keep reaching to touch the screen when the keyboard is right there where you don't have to stretch to reach it.
I'm not a fan of touchscreens in general. They work for me when its a mobile phone or its a portable device that I am using in a nonconvenient location. For example, I'm hammering out this message on my droid2 and I am using my physical qwerty keyboard. I touched the screen to fire the app, and I touched the screen to read this thread...but when it came time to reply..its a physical keyboard. Without my physical keyboard I would have never made this post. This makes it hard for me to replace my phone, as I don't want to give up the physical keyboard.
I do some audio stuff on the side, and use highend digital console mixing boards and I hate, hate, hate using the touchscreens on them. All too often I click the wrong thing, accidentally drop an errant thumb elsewhere. But they really are a necessity to handle the complexity and configuration options on these boards. So, I deal with them. But when something can be done with a physical button, that is what I use.
I'm tapping this post out with my touch screen phone. I'm the opposite, I hate, hate, hate using physical keyboards on phones as I have to focus on hitting every letter correctly and therefore I'm slower. On a touch screen, I just fly.
Now, touch keyboards on tablets on the other hand suck hardcore for me. They usually aren't laid out like tradition keyboards but more like phone keyboards so they're basically not ergonoically correct.
pparks, have you every thought of using a stylus? Much more accurate than fingering.
But when using a desktop, if you've done a course in touch typing, it's no contest, because you don't have to look at the keyboard, only the text you're typing from; or the word doco if you're creating a new article. Ooopps! Better check to make sure I havvenn"t gooty any typos!
And physical keypads for desks are much easier than laptop physical keyboards. In the latter the keys are all flat and not delineated anywhere near as good. Again, especially if you have large fingers.
I suppose horses for courses to some extent.