Any benefit to having a touchscreen for elearning creation?

I'm looking into getting a new laptop, and wondering if there's any benefit to having a touchscreen. In addition to Storyline 3, I also use Photoshop, Camtasia, and sometimes Illustrator.

I should clarify that I'm not talking about a tablet - it will have a keyboard and mouse as well.

Thanks for any and all input.

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Heather Scovill


I primarily use Storyline, but I also use Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premier Pro from time to time. I mainly use a desktop for my work, but I also have a touchscreen laptop for when I am on the road. I'm much more comfortable just using a mouse for all of these programs, but I am sure that this varies from person to person. I also don't do too much vector/image editing. Do you have more experience with keyboard and mouse or with touchscreens for working? When I tried using the touchscreen with the pen thing, I personally thought that it just slowed me down. Again I'm sure it depends on what type of work you need to do and what you are most comfortable with.

This is a little off topic, but one thing that I would definitely recommend looking into is a SSD (Solid State Drive). Think of it as a much faster version of a hard drive. This will change your world when doing pretty much anything on a computer.

I'm not sure if this helps at all but good luck with your choice!


Dane James

I have a touch screen laptop and a touch screen for my desktop. I mainly use the touchscreens when working on projects that simulate a device that has a touch interface. I also specifically build programs for use on our smartboards for instructor led interactive classes. They are custom builds the simulate electrical line switching and control panels as an example . A touch screen really lets you see how the program will work without having to go to a classroom and connect to one of the smartboards. I also develop some things for smart phones and the touch screen is handy for previewing. Check out these two examples one for smart boards and one for the cell phone:

good luck choosing