So Microsoft got computer makers to flood the market with touchscreen notebook computers and all-in-ones. That after Apple and Google flooded the market with touch screen tablets. Or a touch screen Android tablet with integrated keyboard, in my case. (Kind of like a Microsoft Surface, but without a peeling keyboard <g>.)
I've had experience with my "tab-book" computer for nearly two months now. (It's the ASUS Transformer TF-101; it goes for around $350 these days.)
A report on my experiences:
- Yes to Touch! Touching the screen is more efficient than using the mouse, in most cases. The efficiency comes from not having to move the mouse to get the cursor on the desired spot on the screen; by touching the screen, I go direct. This works well for touch-rare activities, like reading articles on Web sites and RSS feeds, watching movies, and updating software.
- Yes to Keyboard! I turned off the integrated touchpad, because I find I don't want to be brushing against it, and because I don't need it; touching the screen works in most cases; when not, there are the keyboard's cursor keys to fine-tune the cursor location. The cursor keys are still needed for text editing.
- Yes to Mouse! But when it comes to doing a lot of pointing, then touching the screen becomes a pain. Resting my hand on the mouse becomes the preferred mode in cursor-movement-heavy activities like desktop publishing, CAD drafting -- stuff I do a lot.
In the end, the trinity of touch-keyboard-mouse that works best. Each as its place
Before I go, a story. While in Germany, I mostly used the Android tablet, as did my wife to check her email; she caught on to tapping swiping, and the other touch motions. Switching back to my laptop computer, she automatically reached for the screen, trying to open the email by touching it -- oops!