Computers are typically controlled by either a touchscreen interface or a keyboard and mouse. In the past, nearly all computers required a keyboard and a mouse. It wasn’t until the past few decades when touchscreen interfaces emerged as an alternative control mechanism. With that said, you can still find computers that support a keyboard and mouse. Many computers don’t have a touchscreen interface and, instead, require the use of a keyboard and mouse. So, which control mechanism is best?


Touchscreen interfaces conserve more space than a keyboard and mouse. They are embedded within a display device, thus eliminating the need for additional peripherals. If you have a computer with a touchscreen interface, you’ll be able to use it in small spaces. With a keyboard and mouse, on the other hand, you’ll have to find a larger space that can accommodate these externally connected peripherals.

User Experience

Most people will agree that touchscreen interfaces offer a better user experience than a keyboard and mouse. Touchscreen interfaces provide a simple and natural way to control a computer. To open an app or program, you can tap it. To write a message, you can type the keys on a virtual keyboard. Using a physical keyboard and a mouse is slightly more difficult. As a result, touchscreen interfaces offer a better user experience.


Touchscreen interfaces are typically more durable than a keyboard and mouse. There are several types of touchscreen technologies, including resistive, capacitive, surface acoustic wave (SAW), infrared (IR) grid and more. While they work in different ways, they are durable.

Most touchscreen interfaces are sealed. When exposed to dust, dirt or other forms of debris, they won’t sustain damage. The same can’t be said for a keyboard and mouse. Contaminants can enter these externally connected peripherals where it causes them to fail prematurely.


You might be surprised to learn that touchscreen interfaces are more responsive than a keyboard and mouse. A touchscreen interface will respond to your touch commands more quickly than a keyboard and mouse.

With their high level of responsiveness, touchscreen interfaces reduce input errors. They respond almost immediately to touch commands, so you probably won’t accidentally tap the same virtual key or icon twice.

Touchscreen interfaces are becoming more common — and for good reason. They offer several benefits over a keyboard and mouse. Touchscreen interfaces conserve space, provide a better user experience, are more durable and more responsive.