Google creates what no one wants, a laptop with a vertical touch screen

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Have you ever been looking at your MacBook Air (or any other laptop) and just thought “if only this laptop had a touch screen,”? Yeah…me neither. Even though laptops sit at an awkward angle that doesn’t work well for touch screens, Google has decided, for some reason, that a touch screen on a laptop is a great idea, and today they introduced the Chromebook Pixel.

Don’t get me wrong, the Pixel isn’t a bad device at all. It includes a screen with an impressive 239 pixels-per-inch, which is the “highest resolution, brightest, best screen that’s ever been put in a laptop computer.” That screen sounds great, and I’d love to have it. Except for one problem. Why would you ever want a touchscreen on a laptop that doesn’t fold back into a tablet? A touch-enabled laptop can work, as long as it folds back into a tablet-like device (like Dell’s XPS 12). That type of device works because it puts the touch screen at a natural angle. If you’re reading on a laptop right now, imagine if it was a touch screen. It would be cool for a while, but after just a few minutes, your arm would get tired.

The point is Google is taking advantage of a growing market in touch screens and trying to incorporate them into devices that are better off without them. Touch pads, like the ones found on Apple’s laptops, work because it is on a flat and horizontal surface, but screens that  are vertical are not built to be used like a touch screen. In order to use the Chromebook Pixel, Google needs to release a “Chrome Arm Rest” and charge users an extra $500 for it. After all, if you’re going to trick users into buying a laptop with a touch screen, you might as well trick them into buying more outrageous gadgets.

If you’re interested in Google’s Chromebook Pixel or like the idea of a vertical touch screen, use the comments below and let us know why you think it’s a good idea. We’d love to hear from you!

You can check out Google’s video over the Chromebook Pixel below:

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  • dddd1234

    wow so much hate..

  • MikeGooden

    I think it’s sorta novelty. It can be cool at times. But its a feature that isn’t 100 percent unnecessary. No one says you have to constantly touch it. To press a button now and than. To scroll with your hand. It’s for the coolness factor and not a lot of laptops have something like that. So i don’t know what this guy’s talking about. “arm would get tired”  He says it as if he has to constantly have his arm up there. I dunno, I like the idea. And looking foward to seeing it drop. INB4 Apple becomes “innovative” and  comes up with something just like it.

  • griffkoupal

    @MikeGooden My thought is if you’re going to have it, you’re going to want to use it. I think the idea of a touch screen laptop is awesome, but it should be in a convertible form. Steve Jobs once said “Touch surfaces don’t want to be vertical. It gives great demo. But after a short period of time you start to fatigue, and after an extended period of time your arm wants to fall off. It doesn’t work” I think touch screens are the future of basically every form of computing (obviously mobile, and soon to be home computing), but I also think that a tablet accomplishes this much more efficiently.

  • Jasper

    I would actually love a laptop with a touchscreen.

  • One3OneKing

    This is so nonsensical. You’re arm will get tired? There is nothing saying you can’t use the touchpad. Furthermore, its not like you’re going to be holding your arm up to the screen for extended periods of time, you’re just taping things. I see more problems with Pixel this is just a silly article. Just as bad As the logic of Steve Jobs and the gorilla arm.

  • Jeanieg2yrpu
  • contrail7

    @Jasper It’s not a laptop, it’s a web browser.

  • smsm1

    @TodaysiPhone um actually I have tried to use the laptop screen as though it was an iPad touchscreen

  • Fernandofpyltzb
  • dddd1234

    @One3OneKing My thoughts exactly.  This article is here merely to generate traffic..

  • Daniel

    in the case that laptops now do come with touch screens, whether or not the fold into a tablet, is something that the windows 8 market brought about. windows 8 is a TOUCH based os, therefore, touch is the best way to use it. the pixel, may also be a TOUCH based os, therefore making sense to have a touch screen. working on new laptops and computers daily, a touch screen on windows 8 IMO is almost necessary to get the full experience. I honestly think this is a step forward, rather than rant on, “oh it cant fold back, lets not do touch screen”

  • telmomguerreiro

    This author is hightshcool…can’t expect much can you?

  • Jamieche77zxf9
  • rusanov

    agree. touchpad for laptop. touchscreen for tablet. mix is useless

  • Rosalinda3xjh34
  • AlexZimmerman

    “…charge users an extra $500 for it. After all, if you’re going to trick users into buying a laptop with a touch screen, you might as well trick them into buying more outrageous gadgets”
    jeez man, trick people?
    just, jeez man…

  • DionCurchin

    I have actually used touch screen laptops. The angles I hold and use my iPad are not very different. My arm doesn’t get any more tired using an iPad or touch screen notebooks.
    Personally I think it offers great utility generally and will be very helpful for developers working on mobile apps.
    The local storage limitations and weak I/O ports represent far greater challenges for a notebook at such a price point.
    I applaud Google and for that matter Apple, for helping move us away from hideous 1366×768 and 1080p display resolutions.

  • patriots499

    @Daniel the problem is that the OS with the pixel is just a web based OS that sucks.

  • krc

    A touch laptop has been around for years – check out the FlyBook series although different from Google’s Pixel, it is lower resolution and the monitor portion can swivel into a tablet. And so…