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Thursday, January 05, 2006

The Pen is Mightier than the Mouse

After using an HP tc4200 Tablet PC for a couple of months - I hereby declare that the mouse has been rendered absolutely obsolete by the pen!

Using a pen is such an improvement over a mouse that I can't wait for big screen digitizer or touch-pen monitors to arrive. That way, I can also enjoy pen usage with desktop machines and not just tablets. So far, the only touch monitor I know of is the L1510BF from LG and it is only 15" 1024x768... bummer. But I'm praying that will change quickly.

Accuracy and speed of pointing improves by a quantum leap when using pens over mice, and this definitely translates to a significant productivity increase. Moreover, the fact that the pen is far more natural to hold than mice means no more risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. If those aren't solid marketing reasons for touch monitors, I don't know what are.

The only con? Smudged screens from resting your hands on them. But frankly, the smudges are visible only when the monitor is off.

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