Touchscreens seem to become integrated into every device that we use. We are already use to our phones and tablets coming equipped with them, even devices we wouldn’t think about having a touchscreen such as our watches and DS systems all use this form of technology. What’s next, one might wonder. Will your car soon have a touchscreen dashboard where all it takes to put your car in gear is the tap on an icon? Hopefully not. The latest in touchscreen technology is a little more at home than one may think. New laptops and desktops are being produced using this touchscreen technology. This may seem like a great idea at first, it sounds like we are finally going to bring our personal computing devices fully into the future. But I assure you that there are many different and real negative aspects of having a touchscreen laptop that not only affect the technology, but you as a user.
Cons of Touchscreen Technology
While touchscreens may seem like they come straight from the future there are still a lot of bugs that need to be worked out before we can call them perfect. Such as fingers cannot always make precise selections because they may be too big. Trying to select one icon may result in one or two other programs being opened. Many students also try to use the touchscreen to take manual notes that the word program that comes with these touchscreens can supposedly read and turn into a word document. This only works however if your handwriting is really neat, otherwise your note taking is lost, and you have nothing to study from. On top of all this your screen will constantly be dirty due to the oils and dirt from your fingers constantly leaving streaks and fingerprints everywhere. However you wouldn’t be able to help this due to the nature of the tool you are working with. There’s also the fact that you will constantly be moving your hand from the screen to the keyboard in order to type if needed. Which can cause major frustration. While there are plenty of cons that involve the technology of the touchscreen, there are reasons that affect the user of the product as well.
Cons That Effect the User
Believe it or not touchscreens have a substantial amount of negative effects on the person using them. One of these negative effects is that the users arm will become insanely tired after having to hold it up to use the touchscreen the entire time the user is on the computer. Another includes that the users eyes are going to become strained, as they will have to sit closer to the computer and focus on the screen harder than they had to before. There’s also the fact that when a user puts their hand up to do whatever action they are going to do with it that they are covering most of what they are doing with the hand they have to do it with. This can become overly frustrating when you are trying to get something done quickly. A users eyes and arms will become easily fatigued from all of this, a normal person wouldn’t consider working on the computer to be a hard workout, though some might.
All in all there is a lot of research that users need to put in before they decide that they are going to buy a touchscreen laptop or desktop. There may be some pros to using a touchscreen out there but if they cant outweigh the cons there really is no reason to spend the money on them.