Glad you're liking everything!
I must say, jealous of your touch screen. I'm waiting for a real decent and cost effective 27 inch, adjustable touch monitor. Meaning I want a pivot range of 178 to 20 or so degrees. And also, very prudent to change the folder and file view from details to large icons. I have that already, as it actually shows more content than details view.
I can say for sure, touch with Windows 8 is a beautiful combination!
I'm sure some enterprising companies will release capacitive touch monitors that are not IPS in order to grab the buyers on a tight budget. I'm just hoping it doesn't cut the legs of the IPS monitors because if the average joe see one monitor going for $300 and the other going for $500 and thinks they're functionally the same, that's not good news. That can keep the prices of IPS high as manufacturing capacity remains with standard TN panels. On the other hand, maybe that the competition will drive IPS panels lower.
I'm just wanting to see a 27 inch touch monitor that doesn't cost 100 dollars per inch after the 23 inch mark...
dirtyvu . . . Regarding the viewing angles, take a look at the user guide at the following web address. I found the support arm very stiff also and was initially concerned I might break it. However, now that I've been using the monitor awhile, I've got an angle that works good for me and will probably rarely, if ever, change it.
Acer Support: Downloads & Support Documents - Monitor / T Series / T232HL
Also, I agree with you that the speakers are the only disappointment with this monitor. They're usable and it gives me a little more desktop space not having separate speakers. That's about all that can be said.
Regarding a 27", I almost waited since Acer is supposed to come out with this same monitor in a 27" format later this month. I finally decided that paying an extra $300 for moving up to a 27" was more of an impulse purchase than a real need. I like the 27", but the 23" fully meets my needs.
Having just tried the RT tablet connected to an external monitor -- i've found that the best way of using touch is to use touch on the tablet -- if I've got a 27 inch monitor or bigger it's too far away from me (or should be) to conveniently touch it -- and I've LONG arms too.
Touch IMO was designed really for things like tablets and phones -- not HUGE monitors. !!! That's why I'm really pleased the Ms tablets have HDMI out which you can connect the external monitor to.
You'll need a mini HDMI==>std HDMI connector but these are easy to find.
I can't really see why I'd want greasy fingers on an expensive large monitor anyway. Tablets work fine for this purpose --will be looking at the SURF PRO when it launches in January.
Jimbo, just imagine those kids touch screen monitors when they are eating cheese curls and other stuff, it's a whipper they gone need ....
In my post that started this thread, I mentioned a few changes I'd like to see Microsoft incorporate into Win 8. Here's another suggestion to add to the list.
Make the "snap" feature work the same with Metro apps as it does for non-Metro apps and like it did in Win 7. When you're using non-Metro apps, the "snap" feature divides the screen exactly in half. If you're using Metro Apps or one Metro App and one non-Metro App, "snap" does not use half the screen for each. In fact, it uses a small vertical strip for one app (which I understand from web searches is 320 pixels wide) and the remainder of the screen for the other app. This simply doesn't work for me and means that I will continue to use non-Metro Apps for certain things that I do on a regular basis.