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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Air Bar Touchscreen Add-on Bar

Air Bar Touchscreen Add-on Bar

Air Bar gives your non-touch Windows 10 laptop touchscreen functionalities. The sleek, lightweight device emits an invisible light field over a laptop screen that senses your finger touch. Air Bar will allow you to experience the best of Windows 10 by simply attaching it to the bottom of your laptop bezel with the magnets provided, and plugging it into the USB port.

You will be able to tap, pinch, zoom, swipe, and rotate instantly.

Air Bar for Windows 10 laptops will work out of the box not require any software or driver downloads. We call this "Plug and Touch". With Air Bar attached to your non-touch Windows 10 laptop, you will be able to swipe through music, images and video files, scroll whilst web browsing, or highlight text and paragraphs in your Word, and PDF documents. or, pinch, zoom, rotate in your maps, and photos. You can also simply select an app on your desktop or taskbar, a hyperlink or use it to intuitively access functions in Windows 10 that you would not have otherwise, such as edge-swipes.

Air Bar will make using your existing laptop fun again, and increase your productivity. Many people instinctively touch their laptop screens to select something, but realize it's not a touch screen. Well now Air Bar is your answer.

Air Bar is ONLY recommended to work with laptops running Windows 10, and ONLY for laptops sizes 13.3", 14" and 15.6" so you must choose the RIGHT SIZE for your laptop. Air Bar is NOT intended for monitors, or MacBook PRO laptops. Please read system requirements before making a purchase.
So, Mama Melissa bought this for herself, and since she doesn't write reviews, she told me I could write the review for her.

After seeing this on Unbox Therapy, She bought this to make her computers (an Acer Chromebook and an ASUS X555YA Windows 10 laptop) touchscreen capable, since she has trouble at times with a mouse.

Sadly, it really didn't work with either one.

^^Air Bar shown against the Asus Y555YA laptop running Linux Mint 18^^

On the ASUS, before I took it and converted it to a Linux Mint 18 Sarah environment, While Mama Melissa was trying to set up Windows 10, every time she touched a text box, the on-screen keyboard would show on the screen. This was an inconvenience, because the keyboard worked just fine. Tapping the 'X' in the corner of the keyboard, then retapping the text box just brought the on-screen keyboard up again. Lather, rinse, repeat. and because she was in the initial Windows 10 set-up process, disabling the on-screen keyboard was NOT an option.

It would not work at ALL with her Acer Chromebook, even though the box states it is compatible with Chrome OS. She tried multiple times and nothing happened when tapping on the screen.

Mama Melissa then tried it on my old Dell Inspiron 5558 Linux Mint 18 system we had as a spare system, and while it worked, it was VERY glitchy while on the screen. Pages would not scroll as it should, and would not tap on buttons she chose. I watched her try to forward an email to me, and instead of tapping 'Forward' as she had, it tapped on 'Reply.' We do realize this is not made to work with Linux systems, but this was just an experiment to see if she had received a faulty bar.

As long as it works, I really don't see disabled people having a problem with this, minus the constant opening of the On-screen Keyboard on Windows systems when touching a text box. While the on-screen keyboard CAN be disabled, this is only available from within Windows settings, and not from the initial set-up settings. But those who have trouble with using mice or touchpads, this will be good... again, as long as it works.

This is available from Amazon for $79.99.

It's an awesome concept, but I think it'd be better to just save up to get an outright touchscreen system from the start.

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