Upgrading Your Workstation? Consider a Touchscreen PC
Ronald Monte | October 18, 2018
Once you spend some time using touchscreen technology to get work done, going back to using a mouse can feel like stepping back in time. And by that same token, not having touchscreen technology today means you’re limiting yourself to technology your competitors have already evolved past.
Of course, touchscreen technology isn’t a brand-new innovation. But it has recently evolved from a cool feature to a near-essential tool, as it can make digital navigation easier, faster, and more intuitive, all while decluttering our surroundings.
Consider how unfathomable it would be to navigate our smartphones using a mouse. But just because it’s possible to use a mouse with a larger screen does not mean it’s easier; the speed and convenience of completing a task on your smartphone becomes simply more powerful and immersive when it’s on a monitor screen. Here’s why that matters.
Faster and More Efficient
Humans have been using a computer mouse for so long, it’s easy to forget how unnatural it is for us to be moving our hand by our side while something in front of us responds. When we can instead control our surroundings using both hands and all ten fingers like we were designed to do, we end up staying on task more easily, and multitask more efficiently.
Unsurprisingly, a study conducted (re: page 20) at the University of British Columbia showed how much faster we are using a touchscreen versus a mouse, and the more difficult the task, the more the mouse was outperformed. If you consider the sensitivity settings of your mouse drag, the number of monitors you’re using, and the size of the object you’re trying to click on, the time saved can really add up – in some cases, people can work at twice the speed.
What We’re Used to Is Easy to Implement
On top of the price of investing in new tech, you have to spend the time and money to train people too, right? Not with touchscreen technology. Almost all of us already use it in our daily lives. And from the self-explanatory scrolls, clicks, and swipes to the easily-utilized hidden features triggered by specific finger drags, even the uninitiated can quickly grow accustomed. More than likely, it won’t be more than a day before they’re enjoying the advantages firsthand.
Touchscreens Are Eye-Catching to Clients
Consumer-facing touchscreen technology has helped businesses stand out to potential customers at events for over a decade now. With super-sized app demos, streamlined lead generation, and interactive company overviews attendees can explore on their own, it’s easy to see why experiential brands make the investment. Service industries have also long embraced the tech, from cash registers at restaurants to self-serve checkouts at grocery stores to getting tickets at the airport or movie theater. And in these instances, competitors who have inferior touchscreen technology can feel second-rate to companies with the latest and greatest.
The Capabilities Are Crucial for Certain Professions
When you interview talent, it never hurts to boast state-of-the-art workspaces that utilize touch and gesture control. Because when employees have the technology that makes them more productive, they feel recognized, making them happier, and making them even more productive.
But while all professions will find various uses for touchscreen—accountants can present figures with far more ease using their fingers to zoom, scroll, and flip—many hands-on jobs are can actually require a touchscreen, especially in the creative fields. In fact, everyone who does any of your company’s marketing work will be able to utilize touchscreen design programs and organization tools in very exciting ways.
The One Downside Is Easily Solved
The main issue people seem to have with touchscreens is the smudging. But really, this should be the concern of touchscreens in public places rather than at a personal workstation. With liquid-free, reusable cleaning products and highly durable hardware, keeping the tech oil-free is decidedly low maintenance. How often do you clean your phone? It stays fairly spotless just by going in and out of your pocket, and the same is true for a piece of fabric across a monitor.
The Touchscreen Is One Aspect of a Larger Consideration
A workplace with touchscreen capabilities should still have the mouse and keyboard as options. For longform writing, a keyboard can be essential, and on the same page of the University of British Columbia study linked in the “Faster and More Efficient” section, using a mouse is shown to be a bit more precise due simply to the higher speed of the human hand. The drag of the mouse and the concentration it requires slows us down, decreasing the likelihood of making accidental clicks. So what’s the answer?
The key is creating a workstation integrated with all the options without creating additional clutter. And ideally, it would decrease clutter.
Take the Cemtrex SmartDesk for instance. All powered by one cord, 72 inches of touchscreen span three monitors of a sit/stand desk, where a scanner, keyboard, mouse, gesture control, and more are included in one machine. By freeing up physical surroundings while untethering technological limitations, any level of any profession in a wide range of industries can enhance their output, and significantly. (In some cases, more than twofold!)
When you’re looking to upgrade your workstation, the question may not be whether or not it should be touchscreen. Because at this point, that might be the minimum. And to many who already using it every day to get more done, they would argue that it’s essential.