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Intel Conducts Study to See If You Want Touchscreen Laptops

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Intel has recently conducted a study to find out if people really want laptops with touchscreens.

A recent study conducted by Intel is now proving that a majority of people do want touch capability on the laptop.  Lately news of the touchscreen tablets has been overflowing the news and for Intel this is not good.  Since the release of the Ultrabook, Intel has been pushing its partners to make these thin notebooks.

Now, rather than fight the tablet market, Intel appears to be interested in the touchscreen world by conducting research to decide whether touch capability in a laptop is desirable to the average consumer. Throughout its testing, Intel found that over three quarters of users preferred using the touchscreen when going about everyday tasks such as browsing the web.  This seemingly ergonomic nightmare has been called “intuitive” by many of the folks who were included in the testing.

"People told me that touch on the laptop was intuitive, fun, immersive and freed them from the mouse and trackpad, especially when they discovered actions like flicking the screen to scroll up or down and navigate between tasks," said Daria Loi, a user experience manager at Intel.

Loi found that people spent 77 percent of the time using the touchcreen for tasks such as surfing the Web, watching online video, viewing and editing photos and adjusting the laptop's setting.

As well as competing with the tablet, it also seems Intel is bracing itself for the arrival of Windows 8. Windows 8, although compatible with the keyboard and the mouse, has a new focus for the touchscreen.

Intel Investigates Touch on Laptop Screens

With Intel not yet ready to tackle ARM in the tablet space, it is likely looking towards touch on Ultrabooks to help fill in the gap.

In an update from the Intel Free Press, we've learned that researcher Daria Loi was misquoted in the original source of this story. “Ninety percent is not a number I have in the study,” she said after the article was published, adding that “many users found touch intuitive, but not 90 percent.” Intel Free Press regrets the error.

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    phatboe , April 7, 2012 12:31 AM
    For the last time I WANT HIGHER RESOLUTION SCREENS WITH BETTER PICTURE QUALITY.
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    Anonymous , April 7, 2012 12:52 AM
    First invent smudge free fingers.
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    lp231 , April 7, 2012 12:49 AM
    Meh, us humans will get excited in the first few days and then stop using it.
    It's like getting a brand new car, the first few days, you will clean, polish, or even check for dust like a monkey checking for fleas on his mates back.
    As the days pass, the excitement dies down and you're brand new car is just another car on the road.

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    computernerdforlife , April 7, 2012 12:20 AM
    Can you pay me to study if the sky is blue?
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    drwho1 , April 7, 2012 12:20 AM
    Fail.
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    Antimatter79 , April 7, 2012 12:22 AM
    Let me help Intel wrap up that study. The answer is "NO!".
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    lahawzel , April 7, 2012 12:22 AM
    "using the touchcreen for tasks such as surfing the Web, watching online video, viewing and editing photos and adjusting the laptop's setting."

    What.
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    friskiest , April 7, 2012 12:29 AM
    This was of course the response when you put a "tablet-oriented" OS into the laptop form-factor, Windows 8 screams touch me anywhere you look at it after all.

    I wouldn't mind a touchscreen (its a lot natural to browse with it) laptop as long as you can install a mouse and keyboard if you ever need it.
  • 32 Hide
    phatboe , April 7, 2012 12:31 AM
    For the last time I WANT HIGHER RESOLUTION SCREENS WITH BETTER PICTURE QUALITY.
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    tical2399 , April 7, 2012 12:36 AM
    As long as I can still plug in a usb mouse and have it work as it always has the the answer is HELL YEA!!!. Also the higher res screen that the guy above me is talking about is cool too. As long as neither of these update increase the price i'm all in.
  • 15 Hide
    aftcomet , April 7, 2012 12:44 AM
    Watching online video and adjusting a laptop's settings? Seriously? This requires a touchscreen?
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    atikkur , April 7, 2012 12:48 AM
    ..then it only leads to enhanced tablet, after touchscreen added, they will studying again, were keyboard and mice/trackpad necessary to get eliminated. surely,, there is already device for browsing only, daily task only, with touchscreen.. that is tablet.
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    JOSHSKORN , April 7, 2012 12:48 AM
    I want better battery life. Not touch screens. And bigger keyboards, too. And, not Windows 8.
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    lp231 , April 7, 2012 12:49 AM
    Meh, us humans will get excited in the first few days and then stop using it.
    It's like getting a brand new car, the first few days, you will clean, polish, or even check for dust like a monkey checking for fleas on his mates back.
    As the days pass, the excitement dies down and you're brand new car is just another car on the road.

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    Unolocogringo , April 7, 2012 12:49 AM
    I have a hard enough time keeping my screen clean as it is. Much less putthing my rough greasy fingers on it.
    How stupid can people be?
    Without a protector (which dims and blurs the screen) the screen will soon become scratched and worn in areas.
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    Anonymous , April 7, 2012 12:52 AM
    First invent smudge free fingers.
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    atikkur , April 7, 2012 12:54 AM
    aftcometWatching online video and adjusting a laptop's settings? Seriously? This requires a touchscreen?


    i think its always easier and more comfortable to get dedicated button if only to set laptop's setting (sound volume, display brightness, what's laptop's setting anyway?)
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    kcorp2003 , April 7, 2012 1:13 AM
    yes i need a touch laptop please if the screen can flip down. every since i saw my friend with his, taking notes. i really wanted one. i can record while taking notes and organize them better.
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    killerclick , April 7, 2012 1:21 AM
    I dislike laptops for many reasons, but if they can include a touchscreen, they should go for it.

    The problem is, if we have desktop users not using touchscreens (it's hard to wave your hands two feet away from your face for hours), and laptop users using touchscreens, and they both use the same OS, it's going to be a problem since you can't optimize both for touch and mouse+keyboard (tried Metro on desktop - horrible).
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    alidan , April 7, 2012 1:37 AM
    my thoughts the while watching the video

    most people got for the touch because track pads blow, and they aren't given a mouse as an alternative.
    more precise? tack pads suck...
    most users are very VERY stupid... giveing them a tablet with reall hardware and a "real" os, and they still think because its form factor isnt what they are use to its lesser... give them a tablet case with a keyboard on it like the magnet one from the ipad and tell them to be happy with it
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    spasmolytic46 , April 7, 2012 1:45 AM
    They'll have to pry the keyboard & mouse from my cold dead hands!
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    ProDigit10 , April 7, 2012 1:45 AM
    Originally that's the idea of ultra (portable) books and the EeeTransformer.
    Even with touchscreen on laptops, most won't cost more than $800.
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    Anonymous , April 7, 2012 1:56 AM
    We want toutch laptops but WIN8? It's totally wrong. the desktop and iphone environments are totally different!!! Toutch w WIN7 slightly adjusted and complementary and/or synergistic to laptops/desktops!!!
    AND 6&8 CORES FOR i7 ON HASWELL!!!!!!!!!!!!! It will work unlike the the GHz race if you keep the frequencies same for 4 core quads @ different price points for extra cores. AMD screwed up so why not give the people 8 cores w/o gfx or 4 cores w midrange gfx. The ENEMY is ARM!!!!!!!!! both for intel and AMD NEVER GIVE UP LAPTOPS, PDA's TO ARM or it will be a software compatibility disaster!

    Medfield or up +WIN7 w toutch+total compatibility with PC&Laptop/"ultrabook"=flawless victory
    !PACK THE PC AND THE SMARTPHONE TOGETHER smoothly and you all win!
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