Touchscreen Monitors

The Applications of Touchscreen Monitors for Offices

By now, most of us are used to touchscreen technology. On our Smartphones and tablets, at ATM's, and in airport terminals, we've been utilizing touchscreens for years. And now that Windows 8 relies heavily on touchscreen technology for optimal performance and ease of use, there's little question that these interactive screens are here to stay.

When shopping for a touchscreen monitor, the same principles apply as for purchasing standard flat panel monitors. In addition, there are a few more issues to consider.

Touchscreen Monitors

First, you'll need increased adjustability in terms of screen angle and height. If you use your screen's touch features on a regular basis, you'll need to utilize different heights and angles for your work. Otherwise, your arms, back, and neck may suffer for it. What comes standard on a non-touchscreen monitor probably won't suffice for the fully interactive touchscreen experience.

At the same time, you'll need a sturdy design. Because you'll be pointing and pecking, physically scrolling and dragging, and more or less man-handling your screen, it's got to be built to handle this kind of use. Look for a monitor that only adjusts when you need it to – and that stays in place otherwise.

It's good to work with a monitor that features edge-to-edge glass design, or at least a bezel that doesn't interfere with swiping gestures, including edge swiping. In fact, this feature is necessary for a monitor to become certified as a Windows 8 device. Likewise, the number of contact points the monitor can track is important, in order for the user to experience the full range of touches, swipes, resizing gestures, etc. 10-point tracking is becoming standard now and offers a good baseline for comparison between different models.

And with today's larger-screen tablets/tablet PCs that connect to keyboards while still utilizing touchscreen technology, the lines between a computer and its monitor are harder than ever to draw. For example, check out an HP tablet running Windows 8 to get a feel for how a touchscreen device can serve you in the office – and on the road.

When you purchase a touchscreen monitor, you're getting a state-of-the-art LCD monitor – along with the functionality and ease of use you've come to expect with your Smartphone or tablet. And if it's a device like an HP tablet, it really is a tablet and PC, all in one. Consider looking into monitors manufactured by companies such as Acer, Dell, Planar, LG, HP, and Viewsonic, among others.