Intel Conducts Study to See If You Want Touchscreen Laptops

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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  • Brett928S2
    Hi :)

    I LOVE the touchscreen on my Kindle Fire Touch but I would hate it on my Laptop or PC....

    All the best Brett :)
  • LePhuronn
    I must admit I still used the touchscreen on work's Asus Transformer when it was docked with the keyboard, but I think that was more to do with the fact it was quicker to navigate a touch-based UI with fingers (as intended) than with a touchpad/mouse (not intended).

    So, the question isn't really "do you want touch capabilities on a laptop". It's more a matter of matching interface with input - if a laptop carries an OS with touch-based UI, then yes please give me a touchscreen. If it doesn't then no I don't see the point.

    The big thing now, as we all know, is if Metro is a compulsory Windows 8 UI, or a Media Centre-like addition/overlay - THAT will dictate if we want touch on our laptops.
  • eddieseven
    From what I've seen so far, gesturing is the way to go on a lappy. FFS, every one has a webcam and most of the time it lies idle. Give us this technology asap and whoever gets there first gets the prize.