Linked by weildish on Sat 7th Feb 2009 10:59 UTC
Windows One of the big hypes of Windows 7 was the new integrated touch and multitouch features unheard of in previous systems. On paper, it all looks nice, but the folks over at Engadget recently tested out these said features of the beta on an HP TouchSmart PC, and were underwhelmed by the efficiency of the features.
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RE: To gimmicky
by Laurence on Sat 7th Feb 2009 14:33 UTC in reply to "To gimmicky"
Laurence
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2007-03-26

Touchscreens have always been a gimmick promoted by people that have an irrational fear of the keyboard.


You may want to believe that, but when the vast majorety of PDAs ship with touch-screen and some tablet PCs having relative popularity amongst the artists (as well as already being powerful enough to run Win7), I think you'd have to conceed that touch-screen has wider applications than shop-tills and presentations.

Sure, the average PC wouldn't need multi-touch, but then 'average' PCs are only one slice of a larger IT industry.

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RE[2]: To gimmicky
by Verenkeitin on Sat 7th Feb 2009 21:04 in reply to "RE: To gimmicky"
Verenkeitin Member since:
2007-07-01

I think he is speaking just about PCs and not PDAs/phones. Touch on a tiny screen is not bad. It just does not scale that well to larger screens.

And (good) tablet PCs use a digitizer pen input (like the ones Wacom builds). That has nothing in common with touch screens.

But I do agree that touch screen on PC could have its uses. Especially on tablet PCs when combined with digitizer pen for things that demand accurate control.

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RE[2]: To gimmicky
by deathshadow on Sun 8th Feb 2009 10:11 in reply to "RE: To gimmicky"
deathshadow Member since:
2005-07-12

You may want to believe that, but when the vast majorety of PDAs ship with touch-screen and some tablet PCs having relative popularity amongst the artists (as well as already being powerful enough to run Win7)


In other words a very small niche that the majority of users are going to give a **** about.

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RE[3]: To gimmicky
by Laurence on Sun 8th Feb 2009 21:07 in reply to "RE[2]: To gimmicky"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

In other words a very small niche that the majority of users are going to give a **** about.

Get over yourself! PDAs are hardly a niche. You only have to look at the popularity of the iPhone to see that.

And whos to say that future laptops/netbooks wont ship with touch-screen instead/as well as a touch pad? (I, for one, would like this).

From where I'm sitting - you're letting your short-sighted / narrow-mindedness affect your judgement on this technology.
Yes it maynot be a revolutionary new keyboard-killer, but it's still a useful tool, and I for one wouldn't want to see development halted on any useful input tools just because a few geeks decided they specifically didn't need them.

I mean what's next on your hit list? Should Microsoft ditch gamepad / joystick support in Win7 because the majorety of PC users aren't gamers and many gamers prefer keyboard & mice?

Edited 2009-02-08 21:26 UTC

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