Does The Laptop Need A Capacitive Touch Screen?

- May 14, 2019-

Do you need a touch screen on your laptop?Most people used to think it was unnecessary.But I think the main reason is that for a long time, hardware and software manufacturers have not been able to provide a good user experience for touch screens on laptops.

If the experience is good enough, do people need touch screens on their laptops?In my experience Friday, the answer is yes.When I showed ordinary consumers the Win8 interface and gestures to begin with, most people's reaction was, "Wow, it looks nice!"Many people, after a few tries and memorizing basic gestures, will say that the next laptop will come with a touch screen.Some people have asked me directly whether his old Windows 7 computer will have a touch screen after upgrading to Windows 8.I found that the older the user, the more they liked the touch screen.A man in his 50s told me that he always felt that the computer icon was too small and the mouse pointer was too small.So I think it's not that users don't need the touch screen on the laptop, but whether the touch screen of the laptop can provide them with a better experience.Windows 8 experience is a matter of opinion, but at least Microsoft has made efforts in this direction.During the four-hour presentation, only a 30-something complained to me about how divided he felt between the new interface and the traditional one.Well, sometimes young people are no more receptive to new things than old people are.

Back to the question,

1. From now on, touch screen will become the standard configuration of laptops with medium and high configurations, and the form of PC will be more diversified. The good form of combining laptop and tablet has not appeared yet.I can't predict what will happen to user habits, but people will start getting used to laptops with touch screens.

2. There will surely be more and more software adapting to touch screen. With continuous innovation, various adaptive touch screen designs will appear constantly.Right now, Win8 style UI is just a possibility, and it's just beginning.

Tablet users want to be on the go, light enough, not multitasking strong enough, but fast enough to get there.For example, pick up the tablet and click on the map.Or lying on the couch, holding a tablet, turning on video and watching.Another example is when you go to the bathroom and hold a tablet in your hand.The operating system should be fully optimized for touch, requiring short finger movement distance, and the function area or button should be intuitive and easy to understand.

Laptops used to be able to do everything tablets can do, but as tablets come along, they'll have to work harder at what tablets are not.Things like PhotoShop, games that need to be clicked, and things like viewable area size and lots of text and tabular processing.This requires the operating system interface to be as lean as possible, adapted to precise mouse clicks, rather than large clickable areas like touch systems.

Microsoft's Win8 tablet and notebook forcibly unified is a helpless move, want to take Microsoft's huge advantage in desktop OS, poured into the tablet field, trying to recreate an advantage of the tablet Windows.But such a move doesn't fit the functional distinction between a tablet and a laptop.Users don't want to lie on their back with a 1 - or 2kg touchscreen laptop, nor do they want to rely on a flimsy little tablet to process photos.Unless the hardware is leap-frog enough to combine high performance with ultra-portability, Microsoft's hopes are doomed.

Tablet operating directly in the entertaining function and the portability has the very big advantage, and the traditional keyboard type operation is used in the existing users for a long time, typing, big game, it requires precise control software and so on have many advantages, so the advantages of the two coupling is also is a kind of cheap people tend to think of "innovation".

But actually at the beginning of a new generation of electronic devices now contact is likely to be from the beginning of the tablet, the physical, there exist the so-called advantage of keyboard devices will also continue to die, in addition to typing, as the operation of the big games, requires precise control of the software such as their form itself will also be like transfer tablet form, the so-called advantage sooner or later cease to exist.