Whatever you may think about them, touchscreen PC monitors are now a way of life for millions of computer users, and set to become more widely adopted in the future as “the new normal.”
The popularity of the touch screen PC follows the way touchscreens have become widely used worldwide on other devices. One survey, for example, says that, across Asia, consumers who participated in one new survey suggested they would be happier if the next notebook they bought had a touch-enabled display. Equally, the same poll highlighted the fact that the same preference extends to gadgets like smartphones and computer tablets.
So the study seems to indicate that many who are already well used to interacting with their gadgetry on a touchscreen expect to be able to do the same when it comes to bigger devices.
In fact, one industry insider said they believed customer demand for touch-enabled screen still wasn’t being fully met.
When it comes to laptops, the initial barriers to touch screen monitors, namely that these machines were too heavy, costly and thick, have now gone thanks to the modern thinner and more lightweight models.
And Intel, for example, has changed its requirements with all of its laptop partners so that all Ultrabooks in the future will be expected to have a touch screen.
This year there’s been great interest in the new interface from Windows 8, which was created mainly to be touch-based.
Another Way To Interact
Essentially, a touch screen is really only one way of interacting with your machine. A touchscreen PC still has a keypad with trackpad or mouse as required, so you can actually use the touchscreen as much or a little as you like.
Benefits Of Using A Touchscreen Monitor
Using a touch screen can often be a more user-friendly, quicker and even more enjoyable way to work on a machine that using a trackpad or mouse. There are no keyboard shortcuts to be remembered for faster working.
At the same time, this way of operating a computer is more intuitive in many ways, because you interact immediately and directly with the screen elements. Especially if you have previously operated a tablet or smartphone, or the multi-touch features of a trackpad, operating a PC will feel very natural and fluid.
With a stylus, you have even greater precision for writing or drawing naturally on the screen, and studies have shown writing this way is more effective for learning and remembering than keyboard typing.)
Finally, previous criticisms of these monitors have rested in the desktop windows and programs being tricky to use with touch, and the scrollbars, close button and other navigational elements being difficult to hit with accuracy.
But Windows 8, for example, has changed that hugely, with elements such as the Explorer ribbon meaning a more touch-optimised interface in desktop mode, and a number of fresh full-screen applications. Equally, Microsoft Office programs are quite touch-friendly.
Author Bio: Juliet England is a freelance blog writer who writes across a number of different industries and contributes to a wide range of websites, including Distec.