Laptops are constantly evolving, as is portable computing in general. Tablets are closing the gap on laptops in terms of capabilities, and laptop manufacturers clearly see the threat tablets pose. As such, they are combining the best of both worlds by creating laptops with touchscreens. But are touchscreen laptops worth it?
Let’s have a look.
Advantages of Touchscreens
Touchscreens have a number of benefits on laptops. For a start, it is often easier to navigate applications by touch than with trackpads. Many trackpads now support multi-touch gestures, but it is easier using a touchscreen, especially on Windows 10 laptops because the operating system has been designed with touch in mind.
Some laptops have screens that fold right the way over so you can use them as chunky tablets, and this can provide you with another way to use your device. However, if you plan to do this a lot, you may simply prefer to get a 2-in-1 device that converts into a tablet
A touchscreen gives you the option of using touch gestures on your laptop when you want to. Even if you don’t use them frequently, the option is still there for when the need arises.
Finally, touchscreens tend to provide better graphics and higher resolutions on laptops, which can be ideal if you use your laptop to watch films or play games.
Disadvantages of Touchscreens
So there are a number of benefits, but are touchscreen laptops worth it? The biggest disadvantage is that the screens often get dirty very quickly. Constantly touching the screen leaves finger marks, and these can show up when you are using your laptop, especially in bright light or outdoors. Some laptops are better than others at reducing this, so this is a factor to consider if you want to buy one.
Battery life is also a problem with touchscreen laptops. The touchscreen displays use up more power, and while it is not a huge amount, it is enough to make a difference. If battery life is important for you, perhaps because you work on the go, this may be something to consider because it could cut usage time.
Then there is the cost to consider. Touchscreens often cost more, and when there are two similar laptops, the one with a touchscreen will probably be more expensive. They also tend to be a bit thicker and heavier than standard laptops. They only add a small weight, but it can be quite noticeable.
Touchscreens can also be awkward to use on laptops. You have to reach right over the keyboard, and it’s not as natural as using a phone or tablet.
Touchscreens tend to be glossy, which creates more reflections and leads to worse viewing angles. This might not affect you, but it can be frustrating if you need other people to look at the screen.
So, Are Touchscreen Laptops Worth It?
While touchscreens on laptops do have a few benefits, these tend to be outweighed by the disadvantages. As such, if you think you are going to use the touchscreen a lot, get a tablet instead – or a 2-in-1 device that you can turn into a full tablet when you need to. That way you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
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