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Do consumers really want touchscreen PCs? (Because I don't

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    Do consumers really want touchscreen PCs? (Because I don't


    I own an iPad, which I love dearly. I use it for lots of things -- games, email, browsing the web, social networking, writing, viewing photos and video, and remote accessing my PC. The iPad, like all tablets, is a true jack of all trades and a master of some too.
    But, try as I might, I canít use it for "real" tasks. While itís fine for writing small-ish articles on, I could never write a novel on it -- and Iíve tried. For some reason, I just canít connect with typing on a touchscreen in the same way I do when typing on a proper full-size keyboard. And I could never imagine attempting detailed Photoshop work on a touchscreen either (well, not without a fine stylus at least).

    Maybe itís just because Iíve been using a keyboard and mouse combo for so long that the old control method has become part of who I am when working. I sit down in front of my PC and the mouse and keyboard are there, in my hands without my ever really having to think about what Iím doing.
    Do consumers really want touchscreen PCs? (Because I don't)

    Personally I'm looking into getting a touch screen for my desktop PC. I have one of those two-foot deep glass computer desks with the glass slide-out keyboard draws. Since the desk is only two-foot deep and with the draw closed I can get close enough to my screen to use touch. I have no problems with my arms tiring since I've worked construction for many years.

    Another factor is that I've always disliked the mouse and use mostly keyboard shortcuts. I'm thinking with touch along with a stylus I can throw my mouse away for good.

    What are your thoughts on the article and/or any scenario of using touch at your desk?

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    HafnarfjŲrūur IS
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    Hi there
    A mouse is still the best way of cutting / pasting large blocks of text etc.

    Also if you have a LARGE monitor you would normally sit (or should do) too far away to touch it.

    Think as well -- on a nice expensive LCD large screen would you really want finger marks all over it.

    A laptop might be different but sitting at a desk with one or more large monitors !! Touch won't cut it.

    A wireless pointer instead of a mouse that works on the Touch sensitive parts of the screen might be an alternative -- gives the convenience of touch while retaining the control precision a mouse has and wouldn't need a USB transmitter / receiver.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    I own an iPad, which I love dearly. I use it for lots of things -- games, email, browsing the web, social networking, writing, viewing photos and video, and remote accessing my PC. The iPad, like all tablets, is a true jack of all trades and a master of some too.
    But, try as I might, I canít use it for "real" tasks. While itís fine for writing small-ish articles on, I could never write a novel on it -- and Iíve tried. For some reason, I just canít connect with typing on a touchscreen in the same way I do when typing on a proper full-size keyboard. And I could never imagine attempting detailed Photoshop work on a touchscreen either (well, not without a fine stylus at least).

    Maybe itís just because Iíve been using a keyboard and mouse combo for so long that the old control method has become part of who I am when working. I sit down in front of my PC and the mouse and keyboard are there, in my hands without my ever really having to think about what Iím doing.
    Do consumers really want touchscreen PCs? (Because I don't)

    Personally I'm looking into getting a touch screen for my desktop PC. I have one of those two-foot deep glass computer desks with the glass slide-out keyboard draws. Since the desk is only two-foot deep and with the draw closed I can get close enough to my screen to use touch. I have no problems with my arms tiring since I've worked construction for many years.

    Another factor is that I've always disliked the mouse and use mostly keyboard shortcuts. I'm thinking with touch along with a stylus I can throw my mouse away for good.

    What are your thoughts on the article and/or any scenario of using touch at your desk?

    gorilla arm

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    Touch screens on PC's should be looked at as another input option such as a pen pad. It shouldn't be looked at as an input method everyone needs to migrate to.
    Last edited by phillipduran; 20 Apr 2013 at 09:40.
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    For play it's fine if you can get past the fingerprints and such. For simple internet browsing it's fine, Facebook/email/shopping - which is the extent of what most of the consumer base that seems is the target audience does. Even for a HTPC it would be fine. To impress your family and friends it's even "cool" I guess. But it seems much too novelty.

    For editing databases, any kind of extensive Photoshop/graphics work, programming and probably 100's of other things, it just doesn't make sense to me. I do very extensive Photoshop and graphics work, and I'll take a KB and desktop Wacom with a separate screen anyday...I doubt they'll ever come close to getting the level of sensitivity a Wacom tab has.
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    I used an Acer All in One touchscreen at my office for a couple of weeks. For some things touch is ok, but for everyday use I won't be switching.

    Smears on the monitor are terrible
    I hate the shiny reflective nature.
    Cutting and Pasting is cumbursome.
    I hate shifting my hands between the horizontal surface of the keyboard and the vertical surface of the monitor.
    Arm gets tired after a few hours or reaching for everything.
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    I don't want one, either.


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    I own an iPad [...] But, try as I might, I canít use it for "real" tasks. While itís fine for writing small-ish articles on, I could never write a novel on it -- and Iíve tried. For some reason, I just canít connect with typing on a touchscreen in the same way I do when typing on a proper full-size keyboard. And I could never imagine attempting detailed Photoshop work on a touchscreen either (well, not without a fine stylus at least.
    I agree entirely. An Ipad, or other tablet device, is simply no replacement for a PC for serious typing or sppreadsheet applications, or for creating presentations, or diagrams, or sorting through lots of pictures, or picture processing.... for these things you need a decent screen size (at least 22"), a decent keyboard (say, a Cherry Stream XT), and a decent pointing device (say, a Kensington Expert Mouse (which is not a mouse, but a trackball)). A touch screen is the last thing I need, or want.

    It follows, therefore, that equally, I don't want or need an operating system or office software suite which is optimised for a touch screen tablet device at the expense of desktop PC operability. But that's a different thread.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    I would not mind having a touch-screen, if just to use "Sarek's" LCARSx32 Trek interface which makes any PC looks like a Trek computer. It was designed for Touch Screen, long before Windows 8 was even thought of. When it is working right (it depends on a bunch of dot net stuff) it is great. I had a touch screen system at my house for a week while I was fixing it, this was right before I installed Windows 8 in my PCs. I wish I had had Windows 8 while I had that machine at my house, it would have worked great - It was an Acer system which was kind of like an iMac, just one huge Display and the computer was in the display shell. I told the customer he could bring it back to me later and I'd stick Windows * in it for him. You really don't even need the keyboard with that machine, I had it for days and used mostly yhe touch screen. The only problem with the system is that it had some kind of Atom processor in it, 4 core, and it was pretty slow, albeit stable. I think Windows 8 would be great for that system, as it runs much faster than 7 on machines like that.
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    When I tried it I didn't see any advantage for the touch screen. Playing with it became quickely boring because it worked basicaly like any other computer. Move the cursor, click, double-click, mouve cursor again,... what's the advantage doing it with your finger? None. The feeling is the same as with the mouse. So why touch-screen? I don't know.
    It takes an eternity to right-click and to wait patiently for the right-click menu to appear. This makes copy-paste and drag and drop jobs a huge loss of time.
    The screen is far from the keyboard. The mouse is much closer. moving your hand back and forth between the mouse and the screen oliges you to make large gestures constantly and to lose time doing so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by symbiont View Post
    For play it's fine if you can get past the fingerprints and such. For simple internet browsing it's fine, Facebook/email/shopping - which is the extent of what most of the consumer base that seems is the target audience does.
    Yep - I think the stores are selling big volumes of tablets to people who want to do just that.

    They don't need a PC for:
    Quote Originally Posted by symbiont View Post
    editing databases, any kind of extensive Photoshop/graphics work, programming and probably 100's of other things
    However for those of us who do use a PC for these types of things, for long periods, a touchscreen would be too inefficient and painful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by symbiont View Post
    editing databases, any kind of extensive Photoshop/graphics work, programming and probably 100's of other things
    However for those of us who do use a PC for these types of things, for long periods, a touchscreen would be too inefficient and painful.
    That's true. I don't believe touch was ever intended to replace a keyboard or other pointing devices.
    It's just another input tool and is attractive. My local hospital uses many touch devices because some of them hang on walls or are attached to wheeled tripods or are used as medical monitors and have no keyboard or mouse.
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