ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Windows 8 and touchscreens

Updated on January 23, 2013

Introduction

Windows 8 is the first Microsoft operating system to be truly touchscreen-friendly. You don’t by any means need a touchscreen monitor to use Windows 8, but it adds a certain something when using the new Start screen interface and apps. Windows 8 has two interfaces: the Start screen, which you use to access your applications, and the Desktop, which will feel familiar to users of previous versions of Windows.

The Start screen has big, finger-friendly tiles to launch applications, and even the Settings menus are optimized for touch. Start screen apps have no fiddly scroll bars to worry about – you scroll around by flicking up and down through the various menus. You can also flick back and forth between applications and launch context-sensitive menus by using the hotspots in the corners of the screen. The main disadvantage of using Windows 8 on a PC monitor rather than a tablet is that a PC monitor has a bezel all the way round, which makes it tricky to use Windows 8’s ‘swipe-in-from-the-edge’ gestures.

Windows 8 supports multitouch gestures, and we particularly liked flicking through news articles in the full-screen News app, scrolling from side to side as if we were turning the pages in a glossy magazine. Having a touchscreen also works well in the Maps application thanks to pinch-to-zoom, and in the various casual games available from the Games app, such as wordsearch or pinball.

Which one is Good for you? Windows 8 or 7

See results

CHOOSING A TOUCHSCREEN MONITOR

The touchscreen PC monitors we've seen tend to use optical touchscreen systems. These don’t have a conductive coating, but instead have image sensors in the form of infrared LEDs and reflectors embedded in the bezel surrounding the monitor’s panel. The image sensors detect disruption of the infrared light source and use this to pinpoint your touch. Optical touchscreens work with either your finger or a stylus.

All the touchscreen monitors available with the PCs we've tested this month have resolutions of 1,920x1,080, and are either 22in or 24in across the diagonal. The larger screen size doesn’t give you any more desktop space, but it does make the monitor more comfortable to use and it’s easier to hit the right buttons when using your fingers.

The same factors affect picture quality on a touchscreen monitor as on a normal model. If you want better picture quality, look for a monitor with a high contrast ratio. In general, the higher the ratio, the whiter the whites and the blacker the blacks. You should also be able to see more fine detail in images with high contrast levels. Viewing angles are important, as wider angles mean you don’t have to sit directly in front of the monitor to get the best picture and allow more people to watch the screen at the same time. Fast response times cut down on ghosting, but don’t be dazzled by the numbers. A response time of 25ms or quicker is fine for all applications.

Which version of Windows Operating System Do you like Most?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • nrjperera profile image

      Roshan Jerad Perera 

      5 years ago

      Sadly, I don't own a touch-based monitor so I haven't tried out Windows 8 yet. Most guys says it's really good and works smoother than Win 7. Your tips about picking a good monitor were great. I will use them when choosing one for myself.

    • mperrottet profile image

      Margaret Perrottet 

      5 years ago from San Antonio, FL

      I have Windows 8 without the touch screen, and have been wondering how it would be with one. So far I love the new operating system, and would be interested in getting a hybrid. Useful hub!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)