Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 00:39 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Efforts are split between models in which keyboards detach from screens, ones in which the keys remain attached but can be hidden behind displays, and traditional fixed clamshell designs." None of these really float my boat. They work with clunky connectors and weird hinges, while I'd much rather have Surface's nice magnetic connection. On top of that, Surface just looks way better than this stuff. Pretty clear why Microsoft felt the need to make their own hardware.
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RE: Why so different
by ndrw on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 04:07 UTC in reply to "Why so different"
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Unless it is a 10" netbook-like device you would likely find a touch screen very uncomfortable to use. It's simply too far, too big and too high to use (just pretend you already have it and try to "use" it).

I have a Wacom tablet. It has its own issues (like a mouse, it's detached from the screen, which feels unnatural at first) but at least it is ergonomic. It lays horizontally on my desk, next to the keyboard, and it has higher dpi than the screen so I don't have to wave my hand as much as with a touch screen.

Touch screens work very well if you can hold them in your hands or place them where you normally place a keyboard. Even this assumes that the interface is designed for minimizing user interaction (occasional touches or drags but without the whole WIMP overhead).

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