Touchscreen Desktop Computers

I know that touchscreen desktops have been around for awhile, but I don’t think any of them have really blown up, nor do I know anybody who actually owns one (possibly because I’m still a college student and am married to my laptops).  I found it interesting that Dell just released an all-in-one Inspire One 2320 touchscreen, which is essentially just a really big tablet (23 inches!) that connects wirelessly to a keyboard and mouse.  Its specs are right up there with its competition: Intel Core i5 processor, 6 GB DDR3 RAM, 1080p resolution, and a TV tuner for only $1k.

Maybe it’s because I only really use a laptop, or maybe its because of things I’ve learned about user interfaces from experience and/or classes, but I still find the concept of touchscreen desktops odd.  It may be slightly faster to be able to touch things on your screen as opposed to using a keyboard/mouse, but I think tablets (and phones) are the only technologies that hold the right to have touchscreens.  If the item you’re using is too big to comfortably hold like a book or to set down on a desk and not be obnoxious to everybody around your personal bubble, it’s probably easier just to use those “old school” input devices to control it.


One Response to “Touchscreen Desktop Computers”

  1. Jon Hardin

    I think this is one of the untapped platforms that Windows 8 is intended for, applying tablet UI concepts to the desktop.


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