Intel: 80 percent of PC users prefer touch screens

Intel is holding court at its annual Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco today and the company is using the event to promote all of the upcoming innovations it sees coming to the PC industry in the very near future.

VentureBeat reports that, according to the company's general manager of the PC Client business Kirk Skaugen, more innovative hardware and software is coming to the PC industry in the next 18 months "than you’ve seen in a decade."

Of course, one of the biggest changes in the PC space will be the rise of touch screens in notebooks and in tablet-notebook hybrids, thanks in part to the upcoming launch of Windows 8. Intel predicted earlier this year that 40 Ultrabooks with touch screens will be launched before the end of the year. Intel said today that, according to their own tests, 80 percent of PC users prefer touchscreens over other controls when doing everyday tasks such as surfing the Internet. Intel conducts interviews of 220,000 people a year.

Other innovations that will be coming to the mass market soon, at least according to Intel, include supporting all day battery life on a laptop, better voice recognition software, close-range depth tracking for PC cameras, and support for 4K display resolutions.

Intel also said today that their fourth generation version of their Core PC processors, which have the code name Haswell, will have twice the performance of current generation Core chips but use the same amount of energy; they will launch in the second half of 2013.

Source: VentureBeat | Image via Intel

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complete nonsense, that will mean the All in one W7 PCs with touch screens dominated the market when they were released a year or two back then...........meanwhile in the real world users "think" they would prefer touchscreens....yet havnt had a device with it outside of phones n PDAs.........not to mention if they are anything like me I hate even dust on my screens, never mind grubby oily smudges from "clean fingers" I hate my touch screen phones for exactly that reason!

Let's say it's true. That means we have a lot of people with some serious Brain Rot that need to be hauled off and dumped in the Desert.

I swear we are going backwards with Tech, and making things HARDER not easier. Not to mention more complicated to use.

For a laptotp i agree. It's on a my wishlist for my next laptop actually.

For a desktop i don't want.

BS.
I just measured the distance to my screen and it was 40 inchs.
With my arm extended out and sitting in a comfortable position
i am still 12 inches away from my screen..
Am i suppose to hunch over to reach out to keep tapping and swiping ?
I don't think so.. screw that dumb crap
There is nothing i have used including media players, phones etc that i preferred
a touch screen on it.. i bought my phone because it has a full qwerty keyboard too
and my Mp3 player has a touch screen and its horrendous and i'm not the only one with thinks that either, the forum for the device is clogged with complaints.. no one likes it and it works like crap.

and yeah i read the whole story posted here.. seems like some twisting of things.
cause its obvious an iPad should have one but then again i would never buy one
i would buy a laptop with a qwerty keyboard over any touch bs crap any day !

getting to the point where i don't like new technology anymore..
things just seem worse and worse and geared towards pc noobs more and more

survey done at a bingo haul LOL
ya no kidding but sadly they ARE the future because EVERYTHING
is designed and engineered for people like that, o well i'll save my money

Which means that 80 % of Americans will be having Carpal Tunnel in no time. I use some touch. but I get horrid tendon problems from it. Just solid tapping no give whatsoever

They probably set up two pcs in a bingo hall full of old people. One had a mouse/keyboard the other a touchscreen then let the old people try the touch screen and asked what they thought was better.

Interesting statement. Where is the data to backup the statement? Most important would be the demographic details of those who were surveyed--80% of whom said they prefer touch screens. If the survey base consists of fast-food type users or those heavy into playing games or those who just surf the Internet, no surprise.

I am definitely part of the 20% as i prefer the old fashioned way, although, i do have a touch based phone but that is as far as i will accept it, at least for now. The younger generation will embrace the touch based era but us wiser folks more than likely will not. Touch based is not wanted on desktops period in my book. Mobile i can see a use for them.

80%? What did they do, poll an elementary school that uses nothing but ipads, kindles etc?
Sorry, count me as the 20% who don't want a touch screen, other than a mobile device/ipad.
At home, I'll take a keyboard, mouse & waccom pen.

margrave said,
I must be part of the 20% too....

I have serious content creation to do on my computer. Touch, scratch, and thwack just doesn't cut it.

This to me screams 3D TV part II: It's the latest and greatest tech that you must have simply because we tell you that you need it! Even though it's not healthy for you and gives you migraines after less than 30 minutes of use, YOU MUST BUY IT!!!

I give this less than 12 months to live...

-=MagMan=- said,
This to me screams 3D TV part II: It's the latest and greatest tech that you must have simply because we tell you that you need it! Even though it's not healthy for you and gives you migraines after less than 30 minutes of use, YOU MUST BUY IT!!!

I give this less than 12 months to live...

The hybrids coming out this fall aren't going to go away. I've gotten used to having a touch screen on my convertible tablet PC and it's just natural to use now. I gave my old tablet PC to my mother and she even loves having the touch screen for some functions. It's a great supplement to the keyboard and mouse.

Not good for a desktop, though. Too awkward to touch.

I guess I'm part of the 20% too... Grease on my screen = I go crazy.

This should read: "80% of PC users agree with us: we want them to need touchscreen"

You do realize this is a technology website filled with PC users reading PC topics for their PC's. Of course most of you will fulfill that 20%. I, even though am probably the 20%, love my tablet very much. I use it all the damn time. I wouldn't say it beats a K+M, it certainly has its uses.

It's an Asus Transformer, so if I want I can use the keyboard anyways. Whenever I use someones laptop now I start accidentally touching their screen because it feels more natural now that I've used the transformer. That's saying something. I still feel like a tablet needs to have the option of a keyboard.

astropheed said,
You do realize this is a technology website filled with PC users reading PC topics for their PC's. Of course most of you will fulfill that 20%. I, even though am probably the 20%, love my tablet very much. I use it all the damn time. I wouldn't say it beats a K+M, it certainly has its uses.

It's an Asus Transformer, so if I want I can use the keyboard anyways. Whenever I use someones laptop now I start accidentally touching their screen because it feels more natural now that I've used the transformer. That's saying something. I still feel like a tablet needs to have the option of a keyboard.

I have a tablet PC (Latitude XT3) with Windows 8 installed. Touching the screen has also become very natural for me. I also sometimes slip and touch the screen on other laptops. Often when a dialog comes up or something that needs just one quick tap.

Let's see if 80 percent of PC users still prefer touch screens when they have to be used in an upright position rather than flat. My guess would be "no".

Did they ask only casual users and content consumers? If they would've asked content PRODUCERS then the figure would be the opposite.

It is extremely doubtful that 80% of users have even seen a touchscreen PC, let alone used one with the screen as the primary input.

mrbester said,
It is extremely doubtful that 80% of users have even seen a touchscreen PC, let alone used one with the screen as the primary input.

It's because of the iPad

mrbester said,
It is extremely doubtful that 80% of users have even seen a touchscreen PC, let alone used one with the screen as the primary input.

I'd have to agree here but I think people will like them. I don't know how much they'll like tablet only devices but I think the hybrids such as the ATIV Smart PC coming out this fall are going to be big.

It can't be right, it's far quicker to do something on the PC compared to a phone or tablet. Given the choice between the two I would use the PC to get something done.

insomniac9 said,
I'm one of the 20% as well, touch screens are just a fad!

Everything on Star Trek is touch screen. That's centuries into a 100% accurate depiction of the future, and you call touch screens a fad?

Enron said,

Everything on Star Trek is touch screen. That's centuries into a 100% accurate depiction of the future, and you call touch screens a fad?

So we'll have tribbles? Sweet.

BTW, they are not talking about desktop setups. Just general preference for a tablet/notebook form factor. I believe MS designed Windows 8 with in mind that people like to touch stuff.

I still prefer KBM for content creation, but I do enjoy touch for content consumption.

Lolz, people should hold their iPads and try to write a mail that is more than a few letters long. Or hold their hands reaching forward for about 15 minutes.

Then talk to me about touch.

I'm in the 20% also. When the touch screen goes bad then you have to use a mouse. Or have it repaired or replaced. Could be expensive.

that's a messed up figure... Who the hell wants to smudge and clean your monitor all damn day hell I have enough issues with that on my cell phone...

Ravensky said,
that's a messed up figure... Who the hell wants to smudge and clean your monitor all damn day hell I have enough issues with that on my cell phone...

screen could become a portable/invisible thing device or something and the mouse with your brain/head.

you know.

ahhell said,
I don't mind touch screens but virtual keyboards are ass.

Agreed - all of them; it's not OS-specific. However, I will admit that they have a place.

80% of computer users also have some of the worst toobar, mywebsearch, crapware, out of date, rootkit filled computers you've ever seen.

Edited by warwagon, Sep 11 2012, 9:30pm :

warwagon said,
80% of computer users also have some of the worst toobar, mywebsearch, crapware, out of date, rootkit filled computers you've ever seen.

You've made my day sir, sad but true. I'm about to explode... HAHAAHAAAHAAAA.

warwagon said,
80% of computer users also have some of the worst toobar, mywebsearch, crapware, out of date, rootkit filled computers you've ever seen.

Every. Freaking. Time.

(But hey, that's job security for some!)

Maybe as a novelty..

Trust me, it wears off fast.. You want your screen to be crips and clean, not full of smudges from fingers.. Also a comfortable angle, size, and distance for a normal screen makes it very hard to operate as a touch, as it's just not comfortable to keep raising and extending your arm just to hit an icon or something.

Ryoken said,
You want your screen to be crips and clean, not full of smudges from fingers.

Probably the #1 thing keeping me from buying a trio of touch capable monitors to replace my current ones on my main system. I'm actually keen to the idea (not that my mouse is going anywhere).. but fingerprints.. gah, they drive me batsh't on my tablets, three large displays worth of smudges would probably give me a stroke.

Max Norris said,

Probably the #1 thing keeping me from buying a trio of touch capable monitors to replace my current ones on my main system. I'm actually keen to the idea (not that my mouse is going anywhere).. but fingerprints.. gah, they drive me batsh't on my tablets, three large displays worth of smudges would probably give me a stroke.

And why don't you keep a spray bottle of Simple Green (not window cleaner) handy to clean your desktop display (touch or non)? I keep one downstairs for both my FP displays (plasma in the bedroom and desktop in LAN admin room next door) - a second is on the main room for the LCD and CRT on that floor, and the LCD and CRT on second floor.

Ryoken said,
Maybe as a novelty..

Trust me, it wears off fast.. You want your screen to be crips and clean, not full of smudges from fingers.. Also a comfortable angle, size, and distance for a normal screen makes it very hard to operate as a touch, as it's just not comfortable to keep raising and extending your arm just to hit an icon or something.

It actually doesn't. I have a touch screen on my tablet PC and I use it quite often when just browsing. It's faster to tap sometimes than it is to use a mouse. That said I won't buy a computer that is touch-only. I would like to buy a hybrid tablet this fall such as the ATIV Smart PC Pro if there is any with 8GB+RAM

The matte screen of my Latitude XT3 doesn't get very smuged either. I can't see any marks when the screen is on.

PGHammer said,

And why don't you keep a spray bottle of Simple Green (not window cleaner) handy to clean your desktop display (touch or non)? I keep one downstairs for both my FP displays (plasma in the bedroom and desktop in LAN admin room next door) - a second is on the main room for the LCD and CRT on that floor, and the LCD and CRT on second floor.

Maybe he doesn't have OCD? Just a thought.

I get mad when there are smudges on my 50" plasma. Even the smallest little speck annoys me. My computer monitor? Not as much but I do wipe it off a couple times a month. Then again it's matte not glossy. I just moved to so I've got to clean my plasma screen, it looks like hell. Also, Simple Green for a plasma screen? I used that stuff all over my car. I'd rather use a microfiber towel and no chemicals to wipe of my plasma. At the most, use some alcohol and then wipe it with a dry microfiber towel.

Vveazel said,
Guess I'm among the 20!

Same here. I like touch...but it's not something I want on my PC (desktop). I believe I can do more with keyboard like shorcuts

Vveazel said,
Guess I'm among the 20!

As am I.

I also find it a bit disconcerting that most people don't consider fingerprints on a screen to be an issue. But then again, what do I expect when people push open doors using the door's glass window (when there is a perfectly good door handle available)?

Vveazel said,
Guess I'm among the 20!

Somewhere there must be a correction making it clear that 80% prefer touch on their TABLET or PHONE, because I know no one who uses touch screens on their desktop. It's just too far to reach and uncomfortable to use.

Vveazel said,
Guess I'm among the 20!

Ditto again... I hate the thought of touch screen on my desktop. Keyboard and mouse is something I have no interest in losing in favour of a stupid touch screen.

Neowin - you guys need to setup a poll on this. I bet it's not 80% for and 20% against, on this community!!

Astra.Xtreme said,

Same here.
I wonder where they get these numbers from.


Believe it or not, these numbers were explained during the presentation. The people reporting this story are almost universally leaving those details out. Blame the bloggers and journalists, not Intel this time.

Honestly, I wonder how much statistic hate is the fault of journalism rather than the people providing data.

The slide itself had a ^1 footnote marker next to the info, and it was explained that the numbers are task-based. For everyday tasks (ie., browsing the web, checking email, you know this list already), people prefer touch-first devices. Obviously this leaves out productivity.

Now, sure, I'm happy to hate on journalists for failing to include this information with the story, but at the same time...

I'm hating on y'all, too, for happily jumping on the anti-stats bandwagon like people love to do whenever they disagree with a study. It took me a minute of digging to figure this out and inform myself. Instead of sitting wasting my time making wild guesses about sinister motives behind the numbers, I answered my own question first.

So maybe be a little more aware of your own knee-jerk reactions to things before getting all self-righteous.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Same here.
I wonder where they get these numbers from.


they don't include under <14 year olds that have no clew?. (been serious.)

shinji257 said,

They only surveyed 5 people.


It was explained straight up that over 220,000 people are interviewed by Intel annually. This was part of that process.

Joshie said,

*snip*

Err... okay. That was a bit of an uncalled for rant...
I read the story here and I read the source link, so it's completely fair to say what I did. Why should I assume I need to watch the presentation in order to get the correct information? Congrats for finding the truth, but there's no reason for you to yell down our necks when it's the fault of the article reporter. Instead of being trigger happy and forming a rant like that, maybe you should press the "report a problem with the article" button and set everything straight. Okay?

Chicane-UK said,

Ditto again... I hate the thought of touch screen on my desktop. Keyboard and mouse is something I have no interest in losing in favour of a stupid touch screen.

Neowin - you guys need to setup a poll on this. I bet it's not 80% for and 20% against, on this community!!

They are NOT talking DESKTOPS, people. They are talking across all PORTABLE formfactors - tablets, convertibles, and netbooks/notebooks, in addition to phones. (Or are you going to insist that notebooks AND netbooks must always be equipped with a trackpad?)

Vveazel said,
Guess I'm among the 20!

Anyone who claims they don't want touch screens is a dinosaur that will quickly change their minds when touch becomes a standard default feature on all PCs. 90% of software from now on is going to be designed with touch as the primary input method. Your tastes in hardware are going to change because of this.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Err... okay. That was a bit of an uncalled for rant...
I read the story here and I read the source link, so it's completely fair to say what I did. Why should I assume I need to watch the presentation in order to get the correct information? Congrats for finding the truth, but there's no reason for you to yell down our necks when it's the fault of the article reporter. Instead of being trigger happy and forming a rant like that, maybe you should press the "report a problem with the article" button and set everything straight. Okay?


My rant was entirely called for. The content of the article aside, readers had a set of choices they could've made:

1) See that details of the survey were omitted. Assume Intel has sinister motives, falsified the data, and presented BS numbers to benefit their own interests.

2) See that details of the survey were omitted. Ask for them, ask where to find them, or hunt for them yourself.

Virtually every post on this page chose option (1), despite having no evidence supporting it as a conclusion. Even the people 'asking' where the info came from did so rhetorically.

My rant was criticizing people's preference for assuming the worst of anyone delivering statistics, while never giving a moment's thought that it was just inadequately reported. And, frankly, a quick scan of this page shows that my rant is thoroughly justified.

Vveazel said,
Guess I'm among the 20!

I don't care for it on my desktop but I absolutely LOVE having the touch screen on my convertible tablet PC. Some things are just faster tapping and most things are faster with keyboard and mouse. I plan on buying a hybrid this fall if there are any with 8GB RAM.

Vveazel said,
Guess I'm among the 20!
I'm among the 20 lol.. where exactly are these polls hosted? Why didn't I get to vote?

excalpius said,

Somewhere there must be a correction making it clear that 80% prefer touch on their TABLET or PHONE, because I know no one who uses touch screens on their desktop. It's just too far to reach and uncomfortable to use.

This is exactly my thoughts; either way Intel forgot to add a breakdown based on the kind of devices peope are interacting with or they intentionally did for other reasons.

Avatar Roku said,

Anyone who claims they don't want touch screens is a dinosaur that will quickly change their minds when touch becomes a standard default feature on all PCs. 90% of software from now on is going to be designed with touch as the primary input method. Your tastes in hardware are going to change because of this.

wrong.
I'd also like to get rid of the touch screen on my MP3 player.
Last night i ended up spending 5 minutes trying to hit the damn play button
and it wouldn't work.. too much moisture outside or dirty or something etc
And that happened again and again.. where as my older creative Zen with buttons was flawless in design and i could easily hit play even with out taking it out of my pocket.

And come over to my house and sit in my chair and see if you REALLY think i'll be using a touch screen any time soon lol
..not happening pal
I would smash the piece of crap and leave it at the curb for garbage pickup !

jeez people and their opinions about what I LIKE lol
gimme a break..

Vveazel said,
Guess I'm among the 20!
So am I...

Touch screens are fun on tabets and mobile phones. A computer is a different story.. I like the old keyboard and mouse.

this is nothing more than marketing hype that Microsoft is pushing. Intel couldn't care less about touch screens, but Microsoft with windows 8 thinks it is the next best thing for them to be able to sell a new product (i.e. money!).

Obviously there are some 3 yo's running microsoft & intel these days.

Joshie said,

*snip*

No, it's actually not justified because we perceived the article as it was written. Again, answer this question. Why should we have to dig deeper than the article listed here and the source article? Seriously, answer that for me. That's like saying that if the newspaper is printed with every article being a lie or deceiving, it's the reader's fault for not going out of their way to verify every last detail. That makes no logical sense... It's the writer's job to verify the details are correct; not ours. And again, instead of complaining and pointing fingers at us, press the "report a problem with the article" button. It's not that hard...

Joshie said,
....My rant was criticizing people's preference for assuming the worst of anyone delivering statistics, while never giving a moment's thought that it was just inadequately reported. And, frankly, a quick scan of this page shows that my rant is thoroughly justified.
Why not assume the worst? Someone meant the worst when writing this article. Someone fudged the information and wrote it in a manner that implies the 80% of PC users want a touchscreen desktop/laptop. So yes, someone had an underlying intent with the way this was written. That right there is why people assumed the worst - because someone meant the worst.

Astra.Xtreme said,

No, it's actually not justified because we perceived the article as it was written. Again, answer this question. Why should we have to dig deeper than the article listed here and the source article? Seriously, answer that for me. That's like saying that if the newspaper is printed with every article being a lie or deceiving, it's the reader's fault for not going out of their way to verify every last detail. That makes no logical sense... It's the writer's job to verify the details are correct; not ours. And again, instead of complaining and pointing fingers at us, press the "report a problem with the article" button. It's not that hard...


It's the writer's job? No, it isn't, and you already understand that. You understand that, which is why you're skeptical of every journalist working for an organization you don't like or disagree with. Maybe it's HuffPo, maybe it's Fox News, maybe it's the Times, I don't care: there's a source out there that you always take with a grain of salt.

Because writing is such a flimsy profession with varying levels of quality, it's the reader's job to interpret. You're already doing it--readers pick and choose which details matter to them. They find gaps in information and add their own assumptions. We're all already aware of these behaviors, and on every party's part.

What I find to be the reader's biggest shortcoming is their inability--or refusal--to be skeptical of themselves. To be aware of when we, personally, are making assumptions, and to take our own guesses with a grain of salt. The individual is a huge obstacle to his own understanding of the world around him, and when he refuses to accept that, and place the burden of responsibility to the truth on everyone around him, then he's doomed to a mediocre understanding.