Drawbacks of Touchscreen Laptops and Computers


Drawbacks of Touchscreen Laptops and Computers


Windows 8 was a first major re-design in the world of computer operating systems. Not only was this a new operating system for desktop computers and laptops, but it’s also the same one used on tablets and smartphones. And, as such, manufacturers have taken the top tablet technology – the touchscreen – and applied it to computers too!


With everything seemingly becoming easier with just a touch of the finger, many of us forget that this new technology does come with its drawbacks, too.


Screen Care


We’ve all seen it with our smartphones and tablets, and now it’s going to become an issue for computers too – those annoying smear marks all over the screen! It is most often seen when the laptop or computer is in an off or sleep position, or it may even be very noticeable when in use (especially when watching movies). It’s not a make or break problem, but it is pretty annoying. And some brands are worse at attracting dirt than others.


Laptops and computers with touchscreens need to be cleaned with a special cleaning solution and lint-free cloths designed for the screen. Some devices also come with gentle cleaning cloths – these are best used daily to avoid any buildup.


Battery Life and Energy Use


There’s no getting around the fact that touchscreens require more power than regular screens. If you’re using a laptop, you might notice your battery running out faster than you’re used to. Or if you just want to do your bit for the planet, you might not be too happy that our computers are consuming even more power.              


If you need a laptop that has the best battery life ever, then you’re definitely better off going with a normal, non touchscreen.




If you get a computer or a laptop with a touchscreen then it’ll probably be thicker than it’s standard-screened cousins. This is simply because this technology requires more space.


But it isn’t just the way the devices look that’s an issue, it’s the way you use them. Touchscreens are all fun and intuitive, yes, but can you imagine sitting there using one for hours? Your arm is probably going to be in an unnatural position, and that can definitely cause aches and pains. The best option is to pair the touchscreen with a traditional keyboard and mouse for when you need a rest.




An average cost of a touchscreen laptop is about $100 to $200 more than a laptop without the touchscreen feature. To some it might not be much of a difference, but many would rather spend the extra couple of hundred dollars for a more powerful machine.