If you're in the market for a new notebook computer, you may want to consider a touch screen notebook. Touch screen notebooks are just now becoming popular among mobile computer users. In the past, touch screens were only available in places like banks with ATMs, and supermarkets with self service check out centers.
More and more personal computing devices are being equipped with touch screens these days. The latest is the Apple ipad. While the Apple ipad isn't exactly a touchscreen notebook, its introduction into the personal computing market has sparked new interest in the touchscreen interface. People really like interfacing with their personal computers via touchscreen.
One very popular touchscreen notebook is the Hewlett Packard Touchsmart. The Touchsmart was the first notebook computer to come shipped with a multi touch touchscreen. Multi touch capabilities mean that the user can touch the screen in more than one location at a time to make what are called "gestures". These gestures are basically a form of the computer shortcut that commands the computer to perform a specific task. For example, there might be a gesture to save a file. On the HP Touchsmart you simply make a wavy line on the screen with your finger and the photo browser instantly pops onto the screen. This is just one example of how gestures will be used on touchscreen notebook computers in the future.
Touchscreen technology is certainly not new but it's relatively new to the world of portable computing. Some uses of touchscreen input are relatively intuitive. For example, when typing and e-mail it's commonly known that when you are ready to send the e-mail, you simply click the send button. With a touch screen notebook, you can forgo using the mouse to click the send button and simply touch the send button on your screen with your finger. This is much more in line with the way the human mind likes to work.
Unfortunately, not many models of computers are equipped with touch screens yet. Consumers should expect this to change in the very near future. It won't be long before all computers come equipped with touch screens as standard equipment. Someday, our grandchildren will laugh at us when we tell them we use to have to use a computer mouse to interface with our computers.