3 Reasons to Buy Windows 8 Notebook With a Touchscreen

With Windows 8 Microsoft introduced the world to a new computing platform. Before the operating system most users considered the tablet as something other than a personal PC. That’s because until that point notebook makers and Microsoft had marketed Windows notebooks as those things users needed to get the job done.

In that vein, the company pushed its partners to create a new generation of computers the use the latest technology: touch screens. It’s because of this that users buying a new PC will seriously want to consider purchasing a notebook with a touchscreen.

Here are 3 reasons users will want a Windows notebook with a touchscreen.

Multi-touch Gestures Are Better

The Dell XPS 13 touchpad performs well, but not perfectly.

The Dell XPS 13 touchpad performs well, but not perfectly.

To put it mildly, touchpads have always been troublesome on Windows. Early on, most notebooks simply had software and driver related issues. In recent years, most PC manufactures fixed these issues, however track pad issues returned to the forefront when each hardware creator followed Apple’s lead and implemented multi-touch trackpad gestures that mirror the gestures user would have available to them on a touch screen. User shouldn’t settle for these cheap imitations. Touchscreens allows Windows notebook users to pinch-to-zoom in on photos, close applications and interact with apps seamlessly and without the horrible third-party software that most track pads rely on.

Directly Interface With Your Apps

Toshiba Satellite P845t

The Toshiba Satellite P845t touch screen is responsive and Windows 8 is tuned for touch.

While a mouse allows users to position their cursor precisely on a screen, it doesn’t’ reward users with the same tactile and mental feedback as seeing something they’ve written appear in OneNote or directly interacting with certain controls in apps. Even if a user isn’t going to directly interact with the touch screen it’s worth having for time times when touching an on-screen element is worth it. For example, using Bing Maps is considerably easier with a touchscreen than a mouse and keyboard.

Windows 8

How to Use Bing Search in Windows 8 (5)

Window’s 8’s interface and toolbars are more touch-friendly than prior versions of Windows.

Finally, there’s no more valid reason to buy a Windows notebook equipped with a touch screen than Windows 8 itself. The operating system may allow users to open the desktop and interact with apps the way they’re used to, but it also puts the touch-first Metro interface at the center of user’s experience. Microsoft may have added the option to disable most of the new interface in the free Windows 8.1 update, but it’s likely that it’ll continue to build and innovate on its touch-optimized Start Screen in the future.

Read: 8 Things I like About Windows 8

Users who buy a device with a touch screen have everything the need for the future of Windows, even if they aren’t ready to accept it just yet.

Users on the fence about touchscreens shouldn’t worry. There are certain situations that make the mouse and keyboard better tools. That being said, buying a Windows notebook with a touchscreen display is an easy way of future proofing your purchase. Like the track pad and styluses before it, interacting with just a touchscreen isn’t the perfect solution for every scenario. However, it is a useful tool to add to your next Windows notebook’s capabilities.

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