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My dad and I have been discussing getting a new computer for my mom for a while now. He really want's to get a touchscreen for her.

A few weeks back I was listening to a radio show from some tech guy and someone happened to bring up the subject of buying a touchscreen. But he said he wouldn't recommend them because if you use the computer for a while your arm would get tired and it's just a pain for longer periods.

I hadn't really thought about it much until I went to best buy today and noticed that the mouse they had at a touchscreen computer did not want to work. I pointed this out to one of the sales people and he had no idea why it didn't work.

So is it even possible to use a mouse with a touchscreen? Because if not I will have to somehow convince my dad that a touchscreen is probably not such a good idea for my mom since she spend a lot of time on all kinds of facebook games.

asked Dec 11 '10 at 00:48

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"she spend a lot of time on all kinds of facebook games" your mom sounds like a bitch

(Dec 11 '10 at 02:20) krakkka krakkka's gravatar image

How do you get that from she likes facebook games?

(Dec 11 '10 at 02:48) Lestat611 Lestat611's gravatar image

Yes, you can. It will still act like a normal PC

answered Dec 11 '10 at 00:53

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Yea that's what I thought. Just wanted to make sure because it didn't work at best buy when I was there.

(Dec 11 '10 at 02:47) Lestat611 Lestat611's gravatar image

Like kevin said, "Yes, you can. It will still act like a normal PC"

I sometimes use a mouse with my HP Touchscreen Tablet PC. A mouse is just another input device, like keyboards, trackballs, etc.

answered Dec 11 '10 at 01:20

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I always use a mouse with my HP TouchSmart... as well as a keyboard. Who the heck would reach their arms out to type on the screen all the time? No way, no how. :) I've never had an issue with using them other than batteries dying in the mice. ;-)

Curious, though, why does your dad feel she should have a touchsmart? I'd honestly not recommend them for heavy/regular use. :)

answered Dec 11 '10 at 01:33

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I have know idea why he has his mind set on a touchscreen computer

(Dec 11 '10 at 02:45) Lestat611 Lestat611's gravatar image

In my opinion, touch is more of a marketing gimmick for larger machines than it is useful. Touch is more meant for something relatively small that you can hold in your hands or have in your lap to interact with (iPad, Android, smartphones, small tablet PCs). For an all-in-one, regular-size laptop, or desktop, a touchscreen is ergonomic murder, and it will make her arms hurt like hell. I suggest just getting a regular computer with a good mouse, and save yourself the money you don't need to spend.

answered Dec 11 '10 at 02:41

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That's exactly how I feel about them also

(Dec 11 '10 at 02:51) Lestat611 Lestat611's gravatar image
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