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The Five Best Touchscreen Monitors 2014

Updated on April 26, 2014

Finding a Good Touchscreen Monitor

Are you spending more time using your tablet and smartphone and less on your desktop computer? It could be because you enjoy the functionality of the touchscreen where you can zoom in and out and turn pages with your finger. Bring the fun back to your desktop with the addition of a touchscreen. It will enhance its usability and there is no need to get rid of your mouse and keyboard.

There are lots of choices out there and I have listed my top 5 along with the reasons. These include excellent touch capabilities, screen size and display specs. I also explain what to look for in a touchscreen monitor so you can do your own research if you wish to.

Image: Dell S2340T 23" Multi-Touch Monitor

What to look for when choosing a touchscreen monitor

When choosing a monitor take notice of the display, physical dimensions, connections and features. Technical specifications can look daunting but you only need to know enough to make comparisons.

Display

LED LCD screens perform better than simple LCD screens. They have a broader range of blacks and a deeper black which shows as more vibrant colors with higher contrast and brightness options. Response times vary between different brands and you will get less blur when watching action movies and when gaming if you go for five milliseconds or less. Specifications often show a pixel pitch. Choose a monitor with a low pixel pitch for a crisper image. For viewing angle you want a large number as this means you will get a great viewing experience from a larger area.

Physical Dimensions

Touchscreen monitor are usually larger and heavier than non-touchscreen monitors. Thinner and lighter screens are better, but may be more expensive. Look at how effectively the screen size is used. Some monitors Have the same physical dimensions as others but can have a larger screen with slimmer borders, making them more effective.

Connections

You may want to connect your touchscreen monitor to other devices as well as your computer. Different brands have different connectivity and can include USB ports, HDMI, DisplayPort, audio input, headphone jack, VGA and DVI. Choose a monitor with the most options and with ones that you know you will need.

Features

Look for Optical Touch Panel technology as this has additional touch capabilities and excellent picture quality. You might have a preference for touchscreens that use a stylus to help with detailed images or to make it easy to sign online documents. Select a monitor that has height adjustment and swivel. You will also want to tilt it backwards and forwards, and some people like to have a wall-mounted monitor.

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Why the Planar Helium is a Great Touchscreen

The 27-inch Planar Helium is my favourite touchscreen because of its beautiful glass front monitor that can process up to 20 touches at a time (many screens can only process one or two touches at a time). There is a 2-megapixel camera and a microphone built into the top of the screen so you use video chat applications like Skype once it is hooked up to your PC.

It has edge-lit LED LCD which means the LED lights are along the perimeter of the screen and not the whole back panel. This allows the screen to be thinner. The contrast ratio is 5000:1, which is much higher than its competitors.

You will need to rework your desktop setup when you have a touchscreen monitor, as your arm will tire quickly if you have it in the vertical position of a normal screen. The Planar Helium reclines to a more comfortable working angle of between 70 and 15 degrees and you can lay it flat on the desk if you want to. This is one of the reasons you want a touchscreen with a big viewing angle.

The only reason not to choose this screen is if you are a high-end gamer, as the 12 millisecond response time is slower than some other touchscreen models.

Planar Helium 27-inch multi-touch Windows 8 monitor PCT2785

Second choice - Acer T232HL

Acer T232HL bmidz 23-Inch Touch Screen LCD Display
Acer T232HL bmidz 23-Inch Touch Screen LCD Display

Display Type: LCD

Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Typical contrast ratio: 1000:1

Aspect ratio: 16:9

Brightness (cd m2): 300

Response time (milliseconds): 5

Pixel pitch (mm): 0.31

Vertical viewing angle (degrees): 178

Horizontal viewing angle (degrees): 178

 

Acer T232HL Has a Lovely Bright Screen

The 23-inch Acer monitor has a nice look and one of the brightest most luminous screens in the market with 300 candelas per square meter. It can process up to 10 touches at a time, when many screens can only handle two touches. It has an A-frame stand that can be tilted back to put the screen at any angle between 30 and 80 degrees, and can be tilted very easily with one hand. It is very comfortable to use at the 80 degree angle. It has a USB connection on the back to connect to your computer plus 3 more USB ports on the side for other devices. There are also connections for HDMI, VGA, DVI and audio cables.

Third choice - HP Compaq L2206tm

HP Compaq L2206tm - LED monitor - 21.5" (B0L55A8#ABA) -
HP Compaq L2206tm - LED monitor - 21.5" (B0L55A8#ABA) -

Display Type: LED

Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Typical contrast ratio: 1000:1

Aspect ratio: 16:9

Brightness (cd m2): 220

Response time (milliseconds): 5

Pixel pitch (mm): 0.25

Vertical viewing angle (degrees): 160

Horizontal viewing angle (degrees): 170

 

HP Compaq is a nice screen with a poor stand

The 21.5-inch HP Compaq monitor uses LED backlighting and can process two touches at a time. It has lovely screen resolution and fast response time. The screen can be tilted between 30 and -5 degrees. This means it is close to vertical and your arms will tire quickly. This is a nice touchscreen which is let down by the stand that does not seem to have been ergonomically designed for purpose.

Fourth choice - Planar PX2230MW

PX2230MW Touchscreen LCD Monitor - 22" - Optical - 1920 x 1080 - 16:9 - 0.248mm - Black
PX2230MW Touchscreen LCD Monitor - 22" - Optical - 1920 x 1080 - 16:9 - 0.248mm - Black

Display Type: LCD

Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Typical contrast ratio: 1000:1

Aspect ratio: 16:9

Brightness (cd m2): 250

Response time (milliseconds): 5

Pixel pitch (mm): 0.25

Vertical viewing angle (degrees): 170

Horizontal viewing angle (degrees): 160

 

The Planar PX2230MW has a 22 inch LCD screen with HD resolution and the ability to process two touch points at a time. It has built-in speakers and connections for VGA, audio input, HDMI and DVI. It has an A-frame stand which doesn't recline beyond 20 degrees and has no height adjustment. This can make it hard to work comfortably for long periods of time as touchscreens need to be reclined to prevent arm fatigue. This is a nice light monitor.

Fifth choice - ViewSonic TD2220

ViewSonic TD2220 22" 1080p Dual-Point Optical Touch Screen Monitor DVI, VGA
ViewSonic TD2220 22" 1080p Dual-Point Optical Touch Screen Monitor DVI, VGA

Display Type: LED

Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Typical contrast ratio: 1000:1

Aspect ratio: 16:9

Brightness (cd m2): 200

Response time (milliseconds): 5

Pixel pitch (mm): NA

Vertical viewing angle (degrees): 160

Horizontal viewing angle (degrees): 170

 

The ViewSonic TD2220 has a 21.5 inch optical HD touchscreen and can process two touch points simultaneously. It has 2 USB ports, VGA, audio input, HDMI and DVI connections. The screen is not as bright as many other models, but is bright enough and has very low power usage. It also has an Eco-mode where the monitor is not as bright as normal. The monitor tilts 5 degrees forward and 20 degrees back. You can also remove it from the stand and hang it from the wall or place it flat. It can be used as a touchscreen monitor with a PC or a Mac.

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Touchscreen gloves on Amazon

If you want to keep your screen clear of fingerprints then you can buy specially designed touchscreen gloves. You can also use a stylus with most touch screens.

Touchscreen Stylus on Amazon

Buy a stylus (or a pack of 3 or more) to stop fingerprints on the screen.

Looking for more touchscreen monitors? - Check these out or browse using the search box!

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Got no interest in the touch screen technology thanks!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have not used a desktop for years now. I like to but our work just does not make that convenient.

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      aussiejon 4 years ago

      nice lens, haven't invested in a touch screen yet, but definitely want one soon... be great for presentations and video / photo editing.

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      great selection. i would love to have hp compaq l2206tm .

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      Tara Wojtaszek 4 years ago

      I don't have a touchscreen monitor but I really want one now. Great info!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Touchscreen monitors sound like a cool idea!

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      I will have to purchase a touch screen this year for my work, since I edit computer textbooks and Windows 8 is designed to work with touch screens. This was helpful information. Thanks. Blessed.