Touchscreen Laptops – are they worth it?

Once an unusual and not especially effective rarity, touchscreen devices are now everywhere, with many people owing at least a smart phone, if not a tablet to boot. It’s therefore no surprise that laptop and PC manufacturers have caught on, and have begun offering touchscreen functionality on their devices too.

With that said, is it really worth it? It sounds like a great idea, but in practice, it’s not as worthwhile as you think. Machines with touchscreen functionality are a lot more expensive, so if you’re buying to a budget, you’re going to be compromising quite significantly on specification to get the touchscreen.

That would be worth it if it’s indispensable, but in fact, it ends up being rarely used. That’s largely down to why you’re using the device. We tend to browse the internet on our phones or tablets, which don’t have an attached keyboard or mouse, and you’ll continue to do so.

When using a laptop, you’ll find it’s with a more productive intent in mind, e.g. design or writing. For both, you’ll barely used the touchscreen functionality other than to hit dialogue buttons; design is cumbersome with a touchscreen, and still much more readily completed with other devices, and when it comes to typing it’s plain unnecessary – the tactility of a keyboard makes it much easier to touch-type.