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We Weigh Up the Pros and Cons of Laptop/Touch-Screen Hybrids

The pros and cons of hybrid laptops

Figures suggest that tablets are steadily rising in popularity. In response, manufacturers have been producing what are called laptop, tablet hybrids in which a tablet feature is incorporated into a traditional laptop model in an innovative way. See one of the recent blog features here: “The marriage of tablet and tradition” for a few examples of these innovative designs. But, would you want a touch screen incorporated into your computer. Are there disadvantages to such a system? We weigh up the pros and cons.

Hybrid laptops

The pros

1.) Using a touch screen could be more efficient, quicker and perhaps more fun than using a conventional keyboard.

2.) If your touch screen is compatible (or comes complete with) a stylus, you may find it easier to draw on your screen when compared with using a traditional mouspad and the drawing software available on traditional models. Similarly, the pen input panel on both Windows 8 and Windows 7 is remarkably adept at turning your written, onscreen handwriting into text. So, if you prefer handwriting rather than typing, a machine with touch screen capabilities may be preferable.

3.) Similarly, Microsoft’s new Windows 8 software, when compared with previous software packages, has created a very touch friendly user interface, making it easy to navigate between full screen apps.

The cons   

1.) Using a touch screen normally leads to more stains and finger marks on the screen, thus requiring more cleaning than a traditional, non-touch model.

2.) Touch screens require a greater amount of power so, the overall battery life of hybrid machines which incorporate them is usually shorter when compared with traditional, non-touch models.

3.) There is a significant difference in cost between the new touch screen/laptop hybrids and their traditional counterparts. 

Whether you are a fan of the new hybrid touch screen/laptop models or not though, it seems such innovations are the way of the future.


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