Manufacturers have started getting creative with their product designs now that components are drastically smaller and more power efficient than ever before.
These laptops have touch-enabled screens and can be used as traditional portable laptops or convert into touch only devices by either rotating the screen, laying it over the keyboard or simply detaching the keyboard. Although the usefulness of this is somewhat limited to certain vertical markets such as healthcare, the devices themselves are pretty neat.
Slate PCs are similar to convertible laptops, but don’t offer a keyboard. They are strictly touch- or pen-based computers. These are especially useful for workers who need to do a lot of writing or drawing but don’t want or need the extra bulk of the keyboard.
Traditional Laptop with Touch
I’m not sure who would find a traditional or ultrabook coupled with a touchscreen useful, but manufacturers typically support this option.
In looking at touch-based computing, make sure the computer you want to purchase supports multi-touch, meaning that you can use multiple fingers to control the screen. Most touch computers also support the use of a stylus. Some are more advanced than others, so be sure to test some out in person if you think of going this route.
I hope this overview has cleared up some of the mystery surrounding the types of laptops available today. Be sure to leave feedback at the end of this article if you have any unique uses for touch computers in a workplace.