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Ultrabook Computers - Do We Need Touch?

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Published December 20th 2013
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Ultrabook thinner, lighter better? Touch me?

So the Ultrabook, by now we have realised they are thinner and lighter, but do we care? Does it matter that my next notebook is going to be thinner and lighter?

I think it's the natural evolution of power based mobile computing. If we are going to do more than just consume digital data, then we need to step past our smart phone and tablet, to a computer that can create data and that we can carry around with us - it is a no brainer!

Do we need it be lighter, well yes, thinner, nice, faster - of course.

However do we need to touch the screen? This I am still unsure of. if I am only going to look at things and have basic interaction with it, pointing and prodding away at the screen interface that is held in my other hand makes sense.

Doing it while I am at a table, staring at it, well, only sometimes. So is the let down in the form factor or the operating system? Or why do I need to touch my computers screen if it's on my desk anyway?

Zooming in is fun with your hand and manipulating images and browsing the net also makes sense, so once you get used to jumping from the keyboard to the screen and having this type of hybrid interaction the touchscreen notebook computer makes sense.

On my Ultrabook? Again, it's yet to be seen because how many of us really need a computer to create data on? How many need it to be super portable? And how many of us want to touch away at its screen? The question then comes back to Windows 8, oh god, I have to relearn how to use a PC... give me my iPad.

While this is tempting, after ten minutes of pounding away at Windows 8, its actually not too bad. In touch mode it works and the Windows key on the keyboard brings me back to familiar territory. Windows 8 makes the touch screen ultrabook make sense. I just wish the start menu was there with the original launch of 8, however 8.1 should fix that.

The problem with Windows 8 was that it threw me a new learning curve that I just didn't want to go through; my 4 year old daughter was using my iPhone within 10 seconds of picking it up! I think I lost a day of my life on Windows 8, however I am much happier now and see the wisdom after some pain. Maybe the PC hasn't changed so much after all, it's me who has changed as now it's a multi-platform world of computing that I have adapted to, just like my 4 year old.

No pain No gain
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