We’re going to see a lot more emphasis on touch-enabled PCs in the coming weeks and months as a slew of new PCs are launched in conjunction with Windows 7. I’ve heard a couple of rumors of that point to some manufacturers launching traditional notebooks with touch screen displays.
If you use a lot of devices with touchscreen displays you might find yourself tapping at screens that aren’t touch-enabled. I can’t count how many times I’ve mistakingly tapped at my car’s GPS display and waited for something to happen, only to be disappointed when I remember that some screens can’t be touched.
Do you think this makes sense and do you think people would pay extra to have touch capabilities on their notebooks? Keep in mind, we’re not talking slates, convertibles, UMPC, netbook or MID form factors here- just plain old 12″ to 17″ clamshell notebooks.
Reaching out and touching a screen isn’t as natural as touching a slate that you’re holding. Warner Crocker’s pointed out that it can be inaccurate and tiring to manipulate screens that are standing vertically. Some people call the problem “Gorrilla Arm.”
As touchscreens become more and more popular, I think it’s inevitable that PC companies will begin offering them on notebooks. Touch is something that companies like Apple, HP and Research in Motion have built massive marketing campaigns around. Touch is something that marketers can use to differentiate their products from the competition, but is it something that we’d actually want or need on non-covertible notebooks?
There’s a lot of buzz about Windows 7’s multi-touch capabilities and I don’t think Microsoft and the OEMs are promoting all of this for us tablet users.