Does a Touchscreen Laptop Make You More Productive? [Poll]

One of the newer technology inventions being used is the laptop with a touchscreen. It means you no longer have to use a mouse, and the keyboard becomes less useful as well. But does this make you more productive?

Touchscreens seem to be taking over technology. They are a given on smartphones and tablets, making them much more portable to not have to also tote around the accessories of a mouse and keyboard, although some users do use a keyboard with a mobile device. But now touchscreens are appearing more and more on laptops. It of course makes them more portable as well, but do they also make you more productive? More and more the software is coming up with gestures instead of keyboard combinations. Things are being done with swipes and pinches instead of Option, Control, and Command keys. It certainly seems like it is becoming the way of the future.

But does it make us more productive? Do you get more done by using a touchscreen? Are you faster on your laptop when it has a touchscreen? Or do you find the touchscreen to be a hindrance because it slows you down? Does a touchscreen laptop make you more productive?

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  1. “Touchscreens seem to be taking over technology. ”
    It is a case of “When you are a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail.”

    It all depends on how you define “productive.” I don’t see how one can do a lot of writing, or any for that matter, with a touchscreen. As long as one’s work consists only of pinches and swipes, I’m sure a touchscreen can make one more productive. However, sooner or later, one will have to write something.

  2. Like dragonmouth pointed out, it really depends on how you define productive. For me as a web developer and graphics designer I do not see the value as much as someone that is using it for say data entry or word processing. There are just not enough jesters or other types of functions to replace keyboard commands. Not to mention this totally breaks the rules that we have been used to when interacting with a machine since the mouse.

    Couple the fact that it is still a very new technology, it is buggy and lackluster and very few programs out there fully support it. I do not see this becoming a big idea for computers as we know them. When we look at the applications for things such as those Corning have layout for the tech home and applications in our environments are concerned I can see this being a huge hit. Where you can do what you need with a few taps, swipes and pinches. To say it has any productivity value for how most of us use computers today, I just dont see the value.

  3. The only touch devices I own are my phone and tablets. I honestly do not see a valid use for touch screen on my laptops. I don’t use any application on my laptops that would have any use of a touch screen.

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