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Where are the touchscreen monitors?

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    Where are the touchscreen monitors?


    I recently sold a 24" monitor in anticipation of getting a new touchscreen monitor for Windows 8. I've been making do with an old monitor I had lying around until then.

    There's just one problem... there seems to be a terrible dearth of touchscreen monitors available. The only model I've seen that was remotely good was the Acer T232L, and it's sold out everywhere. The only Windows 8 touchscreen I can find that's in stock is the Dell S2340T. The Dell has 8ms lag unlike the Acer... and it's $200 more for a display I consider inferior to the Acer, not a good deal.

    Why are there only two models of touchscreen available? As hard as I look, all I can find outside of this is an old rumor from October about LG releasing a touchscreen sometime in the future. Why aren't there any touchscreens available to buy? I'm getting a little frustrated with the poor selection, it's been a month since I got Windows 8, and the situation hasn't improved at all.

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    Touch screens, especially IPS, cost more than regular monitors. Maybe manufacturers are playing a wait-and-see to see if people are willing to buy at such high costs. Maybe stores are waiting for the old inventory to clear before stores stock up on new models.

    I love the Acer T232HL. But I know a lot of people can't stomach $500 for a 23" screen even though it is IPS and even though it is 10-point touch.

    Just wait a few months. More manufacturers have announced for 2013 release.
    Last edited by dirtyvu; 05 Dec 2012 at 17:07.
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    I would wait for 2013 as dirtyvu said. Windows 8 just got released a couple of months ago and even then, there isn't a plethora of touch PCs as it is, let alone touch monitors.

    CES 2013 will mostly likely have a few touch monitor releases for Windows 8. Right now, the focus is on touch AIO PCs, as PC makers want to sell PCs over accessories at this point.
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    Yeah, I'm considering the Acer, but it's out of stock everywhere and I've been put on a waiting list to get it right after Christmas (December 27th).

    If LG or Samsung come out with something better in that timeframe, I might cancel and go with that, because those are my preferred brands when it comes to LCD panels. The only thing I know about Acer is that they produce cheap netbooks, which doesn't exactly give me a great vibe...

    I sold my old LG monitor a bit too soon (it took a while to warm up and I didn't like the black bars at top and bottom), and it looks like I'm going to be stuck with this CRT for a few months longer than I expected. I thought I'd be able to get a touchscreen monitor fairly soon. I don't really want to go out and spend that money on a new, non-touch monitor to tide me over, because that isn't really what I want, and I know how disappointed I'd be once the touchscreens came out and I didn't have enough money left over.

    Sigh. It looks like I got myself into a tight spot, but it could be worse... at least it's a decent quality flat CRT that supports reasonably high resolutions (though it looks best at 1024x768), and has fairly sharp looking text. So now my monitor is the most antiquated thing on my computer.
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    there is an advantage with CRTs and that's gaming. because the CRT is flexible with resolutions and refresh rates. You're not stuck at 60 Hz or a fixed resolution. A lot of games can't run well at 1080p60 if the CPU/GPU is not strong. But if you try to compensate by running the game at a lower resolution, say 1280x720, on a 1080p flat panel, it'll be a blurry mess whereas on the CRT, it stays nice and sharp. So that's looking at the positive side!
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    dirtyvu, are you sure you meant crt? as in old crt monitors that were the size of car wheels? (and weighed the same) do the even make those?....woops missed a bit in the post above my bad.

    ontopic, it's not great the lack of choice on touch screens, depends on your budget really.

    but if your going to get one, check up on it properly make sure it has a good clear picture quality, high contrast/2-5 ms response time and the touch is really more of an addon to an already great monitor.

    happy hunting.
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    It does look like you'll need to wait a while as some PC makers are reporting that their touch AIO PCs are in pretty good demand surprisingly. They don't have enough of the touch panels for the AIOs, let alone panels for touch monitors...
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    if i'm not mistaken they are looking at alternatives to make it more cost effective to bring touch to monitors of different sizes.

    capacative touch screens would cost a small fortune at 22" upwards.

    microsoft have a large touch display thingy they can basicly make work at any size from a desktop to the side of a building (they use it for big events) , so expect offshoots from that type of tech to make an appearance soon to convert non touch monitors to touch instead of outright buying a touch monitor.

    i'm actually surprised that hasn't happened already, I mean i have one for a tv, big touch screen glass overlay clamps to the tv and well makes it a touch screen...not cheap but works really well, an optical bolt on system is certainly possible and yet i don't understand why it hasn't come along yet.
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    I have two Dell ST2220T that I bought when they went on sale in the Outlet maybe a year ago for under $200 each. They're IPS, but they only support two-finger touch (which is fine with me). They weren't that great in W7 but I was trying some touch development and they were helpful for that. I was sure glad to still have them when I installed W8!
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    Guess I was just lucky. Picked up the Acer T232HL at my local Best Buy the day after Win 8 was released. Really like it and think it makes a big difference in my positive opinion of Win 8.
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