Touch Screen Laptop

The touch screen laptop has been creating a great deal of excitement in the computer industry lately. It has a touch sensitive screen that can be used in place of a keyboard and touchpad. Some manufacturers have gone as far as using touch screens and nothing else. The touch screen laptop is often called a tablet PC or a multi-touch notebook, which can be just as confusing for sales staff as it is for customers. Current models include the Asus Eee Top, HP TouchSmart TX2, and the innovative Canova Dual-Screen Laptop.

There are many benefits to using a touch screen laptop. Navigating through websites with your fingers is usually quicker and more intuitive than using another input device. A touch screen laptop is good for people who dislike using a keyboard and touchpad, or are physically unable to use them. They are also good for people who have not used computers before, because they are less intimidating. Video games can be more fun to play when they are controlled with finger movements instead of some other input device. This is especially true for card games and board games that do not require much input. Some models can even be fixed to a wall like a flat screen television.

While the touch screen laptop is relatively new, touch sensitive monitors have been in use for many years. Most people would have used one at some time in the past. They are found on kiosks used for photo processing, ticket sales, interactive guides, and many other roles. They are also used in car dashboards, automatic cash machines, and mobile phones. The majority of these screens can only detect one finger touch at a time. To use more than one finger, the screen requires multi-touch capability.

Multi-touch is the ability to detect several finger movements on the screen at the same time. A touch screen laptop with multi-touch capability is easier and more intuitive to use than one that does not have it. It allows for greater control over the elements of web pages, photo galleries, video games, and many other applications. A picture can be stretched by placing two fingers on the screen and moving them closer together or further apart. Other devices that support multi-touch include the Apple iPhone and Palm Pre.

The Asus Eee Top moves away from the traditional laptop arrangement of a hinged screen and keyboard. Its large 15.6?screen houses the entire computer, and it can be used with or without the included keyboard and mouse. It has a handle that also doubles as a stand, allowing the screen to be used in an upright position, just like a regular laptop. The Asus Eee Top can even be fixed to a wall with its optional wall mount. This makes it ideal for a busy area where a laptop might be in the way, such as a kitchen. Unfortunately, it does not have a battery and is not very portable.

The Hewlett-Packard TouchSmart TX2 is another touch screen laptop that is aimed at the mass market. It features a 12.1?screen that detects both finger and stylus movements, and it also has multi-touch capability. The screen has a twisting hinge that allows the TouchSmart TX2 to be used as a regular laptop or as a tablet PC. Inside, there is a AMD Turion 64 Dual Core processor and a ATI Radeon HD graphics chip. The integrated microphone and webcam are great for video conferencing, and the digital pen allows messages to be written on the screen and then converted into plain text.

The Canova Dual-Screen laptop takes a different approach with its two hinged screens. Both screens are touch sensitive, allowing one to be used as a virtual keyboard. The frames around the screens are made from stainless steel and carbon fiber, giving the Canova a sleek and stylish appearance. The screens are just the right size for reading books and newspapers online. The Canova can be held like a book or folded out flat on a table. It can even be used like a regular laptop, just with a screen where the keyboard would normally be.

This Touch Screen Laptop Review is Written/Updated on Aug 10th, 2010 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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