Why NOT Buy A Touchscreen Laptop?

Why NOT Buy A Touchscreen laptop

Published on October 13th, 2021

Has it ever happened to you that you wanted to manually drag an icon away from your desktop monitor, or even click on an arrow or link? Did you scratch incomprehensibly on your laptop screen?

Are you sorry it doesn’t respond in the same way to touch as your smart mobile or tablet? But wasn’t it inconvenient to reach over the keyboard?

If Yes you may have been taught about getting a touchscreen laptop, but besides this above-mentioned situation there isn’t much practicality for touch-screen laptops. Here’s why:

Where Touch Control Is Required

Smartphones are so prevalent today that we would tend to believe that every screen responds to touch. A touch screen is undoubtedly needed for a multitude of portable devices, such as tablets and 2-in-1 hybrids (transformer laptops) that transform from notebooks to tablets after a little folding. Obviously, in tablet mode, a touch screen is essential.

Touch control also has a number of advantages over large-screen, multifunction computers when using a traditional keyboard and mouse is inconvenient or unsuitable for a particular location and situation (e.g., large wall-mounted monitors in the living room, showrooms, information boards at train stations — and of course interactive whiteboards in education, etc.).

And Where We Don’t Think It’s Needed

For example, in the case of a traditional notebook. It may be trendy, but you should stick with a traditional laptop. Resist, because such a machine is a horrible idea and not really recommended to anyone.

They Are Usually More Expensive

While some laptops are only available with a touch screen, for others it is optional, but at a high cost, we can choose the touch feature when configuring our system.

For example, Lenovo charges more for a ThinkPad T460 when chosen with a touch screen, as with the same model without a touch screen.

Dell is also adding additional costs to the XPS 13 for the touch screen, but the screen resolution will also change from 1080p to 3200 x 1800.

But even if the touchscreen version isn’t more expensive, or if you find a notebook that can only be selected with a touchscreen, you should still avoid it in a wide range. Why is that?

The Battery Life And Service Life Are Worse

Whether you use it or not, the touch screen digitizer works continuously throughout, absorbing significantly more machine power, which then results in a 15 to 25 percent reduction in battery life.

For example, the non-touch model tested on two identically configured ThinkPad T460 laptops was viable for 17 hours and 4 minutes after a full charge, while its touch-screen counterpart was only 13 hours and 12 minutes, a 22 percent difference.

If you still choose a touchscreen laptop, be prepared for the fact that the burden of your mistake will accompany you everywhere. Unfortunately, nothing can be done for the battery after you have already purchased the touchscreen laptop.

Testers tried to turn off the touch screen (using Windows Device Manager) on two notebooks and performed the test, the results were almost identical. The digitizer continues to use energy even if it is unable to respond to touch.


If you do choose a touchscreen laptop, expect to literally carry the burden of your choice wherever you go. With the addition of the touch function, the weight of the laptop is also significantly increased. For example, the EliteBook Folio G1 is around 1kg without touch, the touchscreen version is 55g heavier.

Also, to implement all the necessary functions in a touchscreen laptop you might lose some space in the hardware section. What does this mean?

It means that you might get an aesthetically good-looking and practical laptop, but it may lack some computing capabilities.

This means that you won’t’ be able to play your favorite games on your laptop. At best you will be sticking with online games such as Rainbow Riches.

Do You Want To Access The Keyboard?

When you touch a tablet or smartphone, you usually bring it closer to you. However, in the case of a clamshell laptop, you have to reach for the keyboard, which at best can only be unpleasant, in the worst case it can even be harmful, dangerous.

You’ll need a lot more movement if you type and touch the screen in the meantime, which puts a strain on your hands and wrists due to constant arm raises; this can later lead to shoulder problems.

Reflection, Worse Viewing Angle

If you want your laptop to be a mirror as well, get a touch screen. Most touch screens are made of glossy material, which limits the viewing angle and increases screen glare.

There are a couple of excellent business laptops with anti-reflective screens, such as the Lenovo ThinkPad T460s and T460, but most systems, even those that claim to have anti-reflective panels, are actually extremely bright, the reflection can be confusing. If not for work, we recommend it for make-up and shaving.