Just like smartphones, personal computers are undergoing major transformations. They are packing more power in increasingly smaller space, the user interface has been enhanced and, lately, more and more personal computers are touting touch screen capabilities. But while the touch screen feature has been a great success on handsets and tablets, there has been a raging debate on how effective touch screens are on PCs.
The benefits of choosing to utilize mini touchscreen computers
Touch screens are more intuitive
Opening applications by touch of a button, scrolling through menus and interacting with programs through touch is fun. This is not to mention touchscreens have multi-touch capabilities for added functionalities such as zoom and activating subroutines.
Easy to navigate through applications
You can easily move from one screen to another by a single swap. This means pretty much anyone can use a large touchscreen display.
With touch displays, you won’t necessarily need to buy a keyboard and a mouse especially for desktops, and in high usage environments, mouses can keyboards can become damaged or quickly worn.
The potential downsides of touchscreen displays
While the merits of touch screens on laptops and desktops are easy to see, there are underlying challenges that discourage market uptake of touch sensitive displays. Here are some of the standout challenges:
Scummy smears on the screen
As opposed to a smartphone or a tablet, touchscreen laptops and PCs have their displays made from a glossy material that easily shows off dirt and grime build up as users scroll on the display terminal. This affects visibility especially in case of public presentations.
As opposed to typing on the keyboard, you’ll need to keep your arm stretched so as to input content on a touch screen. Over time, your arms get tired and this reduces your productivity. Over time, you’ll find your keyboard and the mouse more convenient especially if you work on your PCs for prolonged hours.
Fact is, pen-enabled touch displays cost much more than ordinary PCs than those that mainly use mouse and keyboards for navigation. Periodical research shows that touch enabled screens cost between $100 and $250 dollars more than ordinary screen displays.
Added layers might make touch devices heavier
The active screen present on touch panels is thicker than ordinary screens. This can potentially make a touch device heavier.
The future of touch enabled screens on PCs
While the use of touchscreens is still relatively low considering the entire marketplace of computer users, one thing is for certain: touch enabled screens are here to stay. The way that your employees, clients, customers and prospects interact with your organization can be greatly streamlined in most cases. With the combination of MetroClick touch displays and our proprietary software, you can have a powerful solution that will drive revenues upward while decreasing time spent in transactions. The best way to serve your marketplace is to give them the ability to search for the information they need without having to wait in lines to speak with salespeople; additionally for routine tasks, people can use a self-service interface to make purchases, reserve items, or submit support requests.
The possibilities really are limitless. Contact us today to speak with one of our touch experts about your industry needs, your ideal goals, and your budget. We can help you create the best solution possible!