4 Reasons why touch-enabled PCs are a failure
| by Nimish Sawant
The moment we first laid our eyes on the Windows 8 layout, one thing was certain – this OS was built keeping touch interfaces in mind. Sure enough, when Windows 8 was officially launched last year, not only did we get a new operating system (software), but we were also served a whole bunch of touch-enabled devices (hardware) – tablets and hybrids to even laptops/ultrabooks/all-in-ones with touchscreens. The reasoning behind a touch interface on all these form factors was the arrangement of the tile interface, which according to Microsoft was best used with touch.
An ergonomic nightmare
Reaching out to touch the screen of your laptop or monitor of your AIO will introduce fatigue on prolonged use
Reaching out to touch the screen on your laptop or your monitor is not as ergonomic as, say, using it on a tablet or a smartphone. After prolonged usage, your arm will feel uncomfortable as it is hanging in the air without any support to your elbow. Fancy names such as the "Gorilla Arm" have been thrown around to describe the pain felt by the arm when it is outstretched to interact with a vertical touchscreen for longer periods of time. There is a certain limited distance between the keyboard and the monitor and comparatively lesser distance between the touchscreen on a laptop and its keyboard. In either case, to use the touchscreen, you have to stretch out your arm to access the screen, which can get annoying for longer durations. If the trackpad of a laptop comes with the Windows 8 gestures baked in, then there is fairly little motivation to move your hands away from the keyboard. Think we are wrong? Try playing Fruit Ninja for over 15 minutes on a touchscreen laptop or monitor and let us know how you feel.
Windows 8’s confusing UI
Modern UI apps such as Bing News are great for consuming digital content, but when it comes to getting work done, the mouse and keyboard take over
Tags: Windows 8 , Windows 8 fail , Windows 8 PC fail , Windows 8 laptop ergonomic issues , ergonomic issues , Modern UI apps , desktop mode , Modern UI mode , Gorilla arm , Touch-enabled AIO , Touch-enabled laptop
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