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Old 11-27-2014, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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Phones have touch screens and tablets have touch screen , now some laptops and desktops are also getting touch screens but many of the things we use a computer for are not made better or easier by being touch screen enabled.

Do computers now all need to switch to being touch screens? Is buying a touch screen computer necessary or not important?
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Old 11-27-2014, 06:31 PM
 
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I can switch my work environment to Virtual Reality glasses and Virtual reality keyboard, but otherwise I need large monitors and a keyboard I can use.
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Old 11-28-2014, 12:52 AM
 
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I've had touchscreen laptops for about 10 years now. They weren't great at first since software wasn't designed for them. Now, however, it's much better and while I often need a keyboard and mouse... a touchscreen does come in extremely handy. It doesn't hurt to have one.
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Old 11-28-2014, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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I hate dealing with the touch screen on my phone. I wish I could still get the phone I finally didn't replace with buttons but you can't get new ones and the refurbished ones die so quick. Mostly I don't use any of the features on this phone but to play music. I could charge my mp3 player and do that.

I have to use a large ergonomic keyboard to type and a thumb operated trackball. No way do I want to reach up past the platform to have to do something on the screen. I keep it at eyelevel.

If I wanted a tablet I'd BUY a tablet.
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Old 11-28-2014, 04:34 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I hate dealing with the touch screen on my phone. I wish I could still get the phone I finally didn't replace with buttons but you can't get new ones and the refurbished ones die so quick. Mostly I don't use any of the features on this phone but to play music. I could charge my mp3 player and do that.

No way do I want to reach up past the platform to have to do something on the screen. I keep it at eyelevel.

If I wanted a tablet I'd BUY a tablet.
Exactly! I'm too lazy to want to move every few seconds
I don't have to move anything more than a tiny bit of finger and wrist with the mouse unless typing.
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Old 11-28-2014, 05:39 AM
 
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I hate dealing with the touch screen on my phone. I wish I could still get the phone I finally didn't replace with buttons but you can't get new ones and the refurbished ones die so quick. Mostly I don't use any of the features on this phone but to play music. I could charge my mp3 player and do that.

I have to use a large ergonomic keyboard to type and a thumb operated trackball. No way do I want to reach up past the platform to have to do something on the screen. I keep it at eyelevel.

If I wanted a tablet I'd BUY a tablet.
A tablet is a computer.

Sitting at a desk with a keyboard and pointing device would not be the right use-case for a touchscreen.
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Old 11-28-2014, 07:34 AM
 
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Do computers now all need to switch to being touch screens? Is buying a touch screen computer necessary or not important?
No, I have no desire for a touchscreen on my desktop or laptop.
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Old 11-28-2014, 07:46 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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I don't have a need for it. But unless there's a huge price difference, I wouldn't complain if my laptop/desktop has that capability as long as I can still use it as a standard workstation.

Now, if you're talking having complete multitouch surfaces (like you see on TV shows) - I'd take one of them. It'll probably take a bit to get used to typing on a flat surface, but I'd be willing to adapt.
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Old 11-28-2014, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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I don't have a need for it. But unless there's a huge price difference, I wouldn't complain if my laptop/desktop has that capability as long as I can still use it as a standard workstation.

Now, if you're talking having complete multitouch surfaces (like you see on TV shows) - I'd take one of them. It'll probably take a bit to get used to typing on a flat surface, but I'd be willing to adapt.

Sounds like you think there will always be a need for some type of keyboard.
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Old 11-28-2014, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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I hate dealing with the touch screen on my phone. I wish I could still get the phone I finally didn't replace with buttons but you can't get new ones and the refurbished ones die so quick. Mostly I don't use any of the features on this phone but to play music. I could charge my mp3 player and do that.

I have to use a large ergonomic keyboard to type and a thumb operated trackball. No way do I want to reach up past the platform to have to do something on the screen. I keep it at eyelevel.

If I wanted a tablet I'd BUY a tablet.
I do not have a smartphone so behind the times on that I simply do not like the idea of surfing the internet on such a small screen. Your comment about refurbished phones dying quickly was interesting. Has that happened to you in the past? I had thought refurbished electronics were always a good deal ? Do you think a refurbished computer is a bad choice too?
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