I work one a MacBook pro with a toolbar, which it is not useful to me because my left hand is use to other physical button shortcuts. I'm tried but after 2 years I always do with physical button shortcuts cause if you use a touch screen you don't have the certainty of pressing in the right place except to constantly look at your keyboard without a physical key. My eyes stay on my screen. My fingers are running on the physical keyboard because it's the most comfortable way to be productive.
Finally it is good to note that Apple has removed two touch screen buttons and replaced two physical buttons on its latest model of MacBook Pro 16 ". Also the keys of the latest MAcBook Pro are thicker and easy to feel under the fingers.
Touch screens integrated into keyboards are fashionable devices but which are not essential, or even counterproductive in many cases.
I hope I am wrong on this subject. Hope to learn more about this subject in the following messages.
As a desktop replacement, I feel like you may as well get larger secondary monitors...
You're absolutely right about a much more useful and practical secondary screen.
As for MacBook pros, I'd love to get a MacBook Pro and a Mac Pro, but apples ridiculous battle against NVIDIA, makes it a no go.
I asked the question of the relevance of non-physical keys, and this, taking the example of the macbook pro and its touch bar. The subject is therefore not at all Apple or Nvidia (?) But to have a secondary touch screen to position particular functions.
Look, lately when ever I find myself with the dilemma of buying any new electronic/IT product I value it through a three point criteria test:
1. If that product is indispensable as a tool or not for me and for the tasks I will assign it to?
2. How much I will gain from buy that product ? (time, money, mobility, ... etc)
3. How much I would lose if I didn't buy it infront how much I will gain if I bought it?
And believe me that criteria is hard, cause you will have to be truthful with yourself.
I don't know if you are aware or not, but I think that this week, portable USB powered 17" screen have been available to purchase, don't remember where.