Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/175859/what-you-need-to-know-about-buying-touch-enabled-windows-8.1-pcs/
It has now been over a year since Windows 8 was released. A lot has happened — we’re now on Windows 8.1 and new devices running Intel’s Haswell and Bay Trail chips are coming out every day. Touch-enabled laptops, convertibles, and Windows tablets are getting cheaper and more common.
You know, after a laptop that weighs between two to three kilograms - closer to three - I could really do with one of these 8- or 11-inch tabtops (get it? tablets + laptops... whatever).
if you are using verizon.net email, the windows 8 email app will not work for you. seems crazy that microsoft and verizon can't get together on this!
While as @ChrisHoffman points out that the future of PC's may include touch screens, I don't see a need for a home system where I have to be close enough to touch the screen. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I like the idea of a home system that can do what ever I want it to, with any program I wish to put on it (not some small, chunk of an app cut from it's main, or full program. If I want that it's for a mobile platform like my new tablet ), and when I'm on my home system I like to be comfortable weather I'm leaning back, or sitting up and not have to hold the screen I'm looking at, which being large enough to watch a movie comfortably, sits any where from 1 to 6 feet from my reach. I found cordless keyboards and mice a boon to my computer experience. Now when you're talking mobile platforms, I prefer a laptop that can handle any full programs I can throw at it as well, because if I carry a laptop, I'm simply mobilizing my home environment ( a removable, wireless keyboard and mouse would be nice here as well, for when I'm chillin') a touch screen might be useful, but, I really don't see a need for it as I'll mostly be using a keyboard, which means to me I'm not going to be comfortably close enough to touch the screen anyway, so give me a mouse. Now with my new Tablet ( I just broke into the tablet scene with the second gen Nexus 7), I'm finding it would be helpful to have a keyboard with this as well, as when I have to type the screen keyboard takes up so much room I'm not comfortable with not seeing the whole of the little screen that I have, plus, holding the tablet while typing, even when it's just a couple of keystrokes, I find a little awkward. I'm seriously considering buying a keyboard for it but can't find something that combines the attributes I'm looking for, but all told, for the most part, using my tablet, touch is the main reason for carrying it around to begin with. A small form factor that fits in a pocket without any extras to carry around and does most (not all) that I need to do while on the go. This is my opinion as a mixed user/admin with light work and light uses for mobility. I just like tech and playing with it.
Some day, perhaps, all PC will include touch screens but, the machines I have that came with Windows 8 (now 8.1) don't have touch screens. Windows 8 handicaps me using the machine for everyday tasks. I'm not a gamer and never have been. Apps are a nuisance to me. I need a tool I can use efficiently and Windows 8 isn't it. Why the "classic desktop" theme wasn't included is a mystery to me. I've had to install the Classic Desktop on these machines to get anything done at all. It helps tremendously but it's not THE classic desktop I've been able to configure and use since Windows 95. Why Microsoft turned it's back on its existing user base is beyond me. I understand the need for continued upgrades to the operating system but backwards compatibility should always be addressed - not left in the dust.
I'm in the market for a tablet to get for my wife, and she has REALLY expressed interest in the Surface. She sees me using Windows 8 on my desktop, sees how efficient and easy it is, and wants that, too. She's looking for a replacement for her laptop, and sees a Surface as the way to go, what with Office integration, and the cover keyboard. She wants something she can primarily use for work. Apple is out of the question, they're overpriced and productivity on them is laughable.
I guess what I'm asking is: how productive are Android tablets? Is there a Microsoft Office app for them? How about cover keyboards? I'm looking at the Surface Pros, but also looking at $700 more. Any thoughts?
Microsoft Office? No. But there are several Office Suites available in Android, varying in price from free to a the price of lunch at Friday's. I work in both, despise the MSOffice 2007+ interface (was change really essential? why not fix VBA so that it finally works right, instead?) and find that for the most part, the no-cost/low-cost options are superior.
Might not answer for your wife, though, if she's tied to the MS flavour because of work.
I'm using the Nexus 7 2nd gen and so far I really like it. It's the most recent (Jelly Bean ) edition and while you won't find a keyboard specifically for it (I'm looking for something that combines good protection with a keyboard) as I understand it, most Bluetooth keyboards will work. I got mine as a remanufactured for $130.00, and yes, there are office suites for it that will work with windows office docs, etc..
Android tablets can't exactly be called productive. For me, a tablet is as good as the number of games it plays. Some people may use it for quick web browsing. But editing Word documents while reading an article on the web and checking your e-mail at the same time requires Windows.
guys, what are your thoughts on this asus transformer? http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FFJ0HUE/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=3Q3BCGS3TVADO&coliid=I3BAZ9O7TNO3XN i am buying it mainly for backup for my home computer and to do some light gaming ( mainly card games at work during breaks ). i am also considering a dell venue pro11 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FFVYUQY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=3Q3BCGS3TVADO&coliid=I2ZIID8FR8TYBN i am running windows 8.1 on my desktop and want to see what a touchscreen can do in windows.
Erm... the Dell is out of stock, but obviously better. Bigger screen, (much) more pixels, better processor (higher clocked). Unless you want a keyboard, that is. You need to buy that separately for the Dell.
I've found that these two hotkeys pretty much make the start screen fade to the background of the UX, and it only becomes relevant when you want it to.
Win-x (Control Panel/admin functions)
ALT-Tab (Switch between all apps - desktop and "modern")
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