Touchscreen Monitors Review

Why Buy a Touchscreen Monitor?

Have you noticed that you're spending more time on your smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices than you are on your desktop computer? Perhaps one of the reasons is that these devices are more fun to use. With the swish of a finger, you can turn pages. By separating your forefinger and thumb, you can zoom in on text and images. You can even swirl your finger over letters to write words. With a touchscreen monitor, you can now bring this efficiency and style to your desktop computer.

Touchscreen monitors have been around for a while; however, the technology continues advancing, making the screens sleeker and your touch more accurate. Additionally, with the popularity of touchscreen devices, more applications support touch capabilities, which makes these monitors even more practical for a desktop setting. While you can type directly on the screen with these monitors, you don't necessarily have to give up your keyboard and mouse unless you want to. Adding the touchscreen capabilities to your monitor only enhances its usability and provides a high-tech feel.

The Planar Helium, Acer T232HL and Dell ST2220T monitors stand out from the rest of the monitors because of their excellent touch capabilities, superior display specs, large screen size in comparison with their monitor size and more. To learn more about touchscreen technology, you can read our articles about touchscreen monitors.

Touchscreen Monitors: What to Look For

As you compare touch monitors, you'll want to focus on four main areas. The display, features, physical dimensions and connectivity options will heavily influence your monitor's performance and your satisfaction with the product. The information below can help you determine how to assess the specs for each of these five areas.

Display
When it comes to display type, LED LCD screens provide the best lighting. The light-emitting diodes that light LED LCD screens enables portions of the screen to dim, which helps to give you a deeper black. Simple LCD screens don't have as broad of a range of blacks. High contrast and brightness can also help you obtain a truer black, as well as deliver more vibrant colors. The best touchscreen monitors are able to produce 1080p-quality images. They also have response times of five milliseconds or lower. The lower the response time, the less blur you will see when watching movies or playing games. Additionally, you'll want a monitor that has a low pixel pitch. This measures how far away each pixel is from the others. The closer the pixels are to one another, the crisper your image will be. When it comes to the viewing angle, the larger the angle, the more places you'll be able to sit in your room and still have a great viewing experience.

Features
Multi-touch technology has become the standard for any decent touchscreen monitor. However, monitors with Optical Touch Panel technology provide additional touch capabilities and overall better picture quality. Some touchscreen monitors also offer the use of a stylus to help with images that are more detailed or to make it much easier to create notes or sign online documents.

A good monitor will not only be able to tilt forward and back, but it will also be able to swivel and have height adjustment options. However, touchscreen monitors vary greatly when it comes to adjustments, so make sure the monitor you select has the functionality you prefer. The best touchscreen monitors also give you the option to mount them on the wall.

Physical Dimensions
These monitors are typically much larger and weigh more than your average computer monitor weighs. The best screens are thin and lighter in weight than their competitors. While most of the screens are comparable in depth and weight, there is some variation. Another thing to keep in mind is how effectively the screen size is used. Some monitors are large but have a smaller screen size, while other monitors have a larger screen but the same physical dimensions.

Connectivity
A touchscreen PC monitor needs to have commonly used ports so that it's easy to connect the monitor to your computer and other devices. Among the most helpful ports are HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, DVI and USB. We looked for monitors that offer the most options.

The table above lists all specs for these touchscreen monitors so you can quickly identify the one that will best meet your needs. Additionally, in each touchscreen monitor review, you can see additional information about how these monitors perform and how effective the features are.

 
 
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10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
Planar Helium Acer T232HL Dell ST2220T HP Compaq Planar PX2230MW Planar PXL2430MW ViewSonic TD2220 Elo 2201L Elo 2242L One World Touch DM-1700-19
Planar Helium Acer T232HL Dell ST2220T HP Compaq Planar PX2230MW Planar PXL2430MW ViewSonic TD2220 Elo 2201L Elo 2242L One World Touch DM-1700-19
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Visit Planar Helium PCT2785
$679.99
Visit Acer T232HL
$399.99
Visit Dell ST2220T
$299.78
Visit HP Compaq L2206tm
$252.99
Visit Planar PX2230MW
$260.52
Visit Planar PXL2430MW
$307.65
Visit ViewSonic TD2220
$259.99
Visit Elo 2201L
$454.88
Visit Elo 2242L
$763.34
Visit One World Touch DM-1700-19
$389.00
Ratings
9.55
9.15
8.85
8.55
8.00
7.78
7.33
5.73
5.07
5.00
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
9.93
10.00
7.25
10.00
9.75
9.13
7.28
9.75
9.00
8.75
8.00
9.75
8.00
8.58
9.00
9.88
9.50
6.83
8.43
5.48
8.50
6.25
10.00
6.90
6.25
7.28
9.53
8.58
6.88
5.07
3.63
6.65
6.25
3.85
6.57
2.38
5.00
3.33
8.85
5.20
 
Display
Display Type LED LCD LCD LED LCD LED LED LCD LCD LCD
Resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080 1920x1080 1920x1080 1920x1080 1920x1080 1920x1080 1920x1080 1680x1050 1280x1024
Typical Contrast Ratio 5000:1 1000:1 1000:1 1000:1 1000:1 1000:1 1000:1 1000:1 1000:1 1000:1
Aspect Ratio 16:9 16:9 16.9 16:9 16.9 16.9 16:9 16.9 16.10 NA
Brightness (cd/m2) 264 300 250 220 300 250 200 250 300 250
Vertical Viewing Angle (degrees) 178 178 178 160 170 170 160 170 160 170
Horizontal Viewing Angle (degrees) 178 178 178 170 160 160 170 160 160 176
Pixel Pitch (mm) 0.31 0.31 0.25 0.25 0.25 0.27 NA NA NA 0.26
Response Time (ms) 12 5 14 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Features
Touch Technology Projected Capacitive Projected Capacitive Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical Surface Acoustic Wave Surface Acoustic Wave Resistive or Capacitive
Ergonomic Score 90 95 70 30 20 20 15 10 10 5
Power Consumption (watts) 43 NA 28 39 48 35 26 29 50 21
Number of Touch Points 20 10 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1
Adjustable (Tilt Range) 15 to 70 30 to 80 < 66 -5 to 30 0 to 20 0 to 20 5 to 20 NA NA NA
Speakers
A-Frame Stand
 
    
Wall Mountable
 
 
Security Lock (OSD)
 
 
Lies Flat on Table
 
       
Stylus Included
  
  Separately Separately  
Physical Dimensions
Screen Size (inches) 27 23 21.5 21.5 21.5 23.5 21.5 21.5 21.5 17
Weight (pounds) 19.5 12.6 13.9 15.4 12.1 12.6 14.22 16.5 19.3 14.3
Height (inches) 16.47 17.9 15 12.7 12.9 13.7 12.22 15.4 14.2 12.6
Height with Stand (inches) 16.47 NA 15 17.52 14.7 15.5 14.37 15.4 14.2 16.1
Width (inches) 26.48 21.5 20.8 20.39 20.3 21.9 20.11 21.7 21.1 14.5
Depth (inches) 1.95 1.9 2.3 2.11 2.8 2.2 2.61 7.6 3 2.4
Depth with Stand (inches) 1.95 NA 2.3 8.98 4.9 4.3 9.45 7.6 3 9.1
Monitor Size vs. Screen Size (inches) 4.18 4.9 4.14 2.52 2.55 2.33 2.03 5.11 3.93 2.21
Weight vs. Screen Size (ratio) 0.72 0.55 0.65 0.72 0.56 0.54 0.66 0.77 0.90 0.84
Connectivity
USB Ports 2 3 3 2    2 1   1
VGA 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Audio Input 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1   
HDMI 1 1 1   1 1 1    1
Headphone Jack 1    1   1   1   
DisplayPort 1    1       
DVI   1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Compatibility
Windows 8
  
   
Windows 7
 
Windows Vista           
Windows XP           
Mac OS X 10+