Best Touch Screen Monitors

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 28, 2017
Today, most digital devices we use in our lives have a handy touch screen. Computer monitors are no exception because this technology makes using a PC easy as never before. Take a look at our brand-new touch screen monitor review and pick the best one! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Screen Size
Resolution
Panel Type
Response Time
Frequency
Max. Viewing Angles (H/V)
Contrast Ratio
Brightness
Connectivity
Ergonomics
 
PROS

This Acer 27" touch screen monitor features a scratch-resistant display with outstanding brightness and contrast. It is compatible with Mac OS, which is rare. And the Acer EcoDisplay technology is a sure way to save a lot on energy spendings. Economy!

CONS
No headphones output on the housing.
OUR VERDICT

This large monitor combines a top-notch image quality with wonderful ergonomics. You will hardly find a better monitor for your cutting-edge computer.

detailed parameters
Screen Size
27 inches
Resolution
1920 x 1080 pixels
Panel Type
VA
Response Time
5 ms
Frequency
60 Hz
Max. Viewing Angles (H/V)
178° / 178°
Contrast Ratio
100 million : 1 (dynamic)
Brightness
300 cd/m2
Connectivity
HDMI, DVI, VGA, 3x USB 3.0
Ergonomics
Tilt (10° - 60°), VESA mount
PROS

Amazingly responsive multi-touch for your convenience. This monitor for PC supports all the latest Windows versions, so you won't face any problems even on Windows 10. The MVA panel displays black color perfectly well - there are no lighter areas on the screen surface.

CONS
The screen is glaring in the sun, so you should use it in a shade only.
OUR VERDICT

Worthy and advanced LED touch screen monitor that works with all latest Windows versions. This model is compatible with VMware software.

detailed parameters
Screen Size
24, 27 inches
Resolution
1920 x 1080 pixels
Panel Type
MVA
Response Time
14 ms
Frequency
60 Hz
Max. Viewing Angles (H/V)
178° / 178°
Contrast Ratio
1000 : 1 (typical)
Brightness
217 cd/m2
Connectivity
Analog, HDMI, Display port (w/HDCP), USB 3.0 hub
Ergonomics
Tilt (15° - 70°), VESA mount
PROS

Dell touch screen monitor for computer comes with a special Display Manager app which allows you to choose settings for every application. The monitor creates a breathtaking image quality with stunning clarity of colors and the panel ensures a quick and smooth reaction to a touch.

CONS

Has neither speakers nor a web cam.

OUR VERDICT
This Dell model has a high-quality panel that ensures an incredible brightness and clarity of colors. Also, the screen has a scratch-resistant glass panel.
detailed parameters
Screen Size
21.5 inches
Resolution
1920 x 1080 pixels
Panel Type
VA
Response Time
12 ms
Frequency
60 Hz
Max. Viewing Angles (H/V)
178° / 178°
Contrast Ratio
8 million : 1 (dynamic), 3000 : 1 (typical)
Brightness
250 cd/m2
Connectivity
HDMI, DVI, VGA, USB
Ergonomics
Tilt (up to 60°), VESA mount
PROS

Thanks to the micro-HDMI, mini DisplayPort, and VGA inputs, the device can be used with a large variety of peripheral devices. The device comes with a plug-and-play option removing the prerequisite to install drivers, giving you the ability plug the model into both Mac and Windows-based computers.

CONS

DisplayPort connection is non-standard.

OUR VERDICT

The GeChic 1303I is a portable touchscreen monitor that provides the amount of quality, performance, and mobility that will be able to satisfy even the pickiest customers.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

13.3 inches

Resolution

1920 x 1080 pixels

Panel Type

IPS

Response Time

14 ms

Frequency

60 Hz

Max. Viewing Angles (H/V)

178 ° / 178 °

Contrast Ratio

700:1 (Typical)

Brightness

250 cd/m2

Connectivity

Headphone out, Micro-HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort (optional), VGA (optional), Micro-USB, DC-IN

Ergonomics

The stand can be adjusted among three display angles - 72°, 62° and 53°. VESA Mount 100mm x 100mm. Supports a 1/4" screw on a camera cradle head

PROS

ViewSonic touch screen computer monitor has an Eco-mode to decrease energy consumption and, thus, prolong the lifespan of backlighting lamps. The embedded SRS Premium Sound speakers provide this touch screen PC monitor with clear and loud sound.

CONS

Comparatively low brightness.

OUR VERDICT

A highly functional touch screen computer monitor, which combines benefits of a large screen with the multi-touch technology, and is still pretty affordable.

detailed parameters
Screen Size
22 inches
Resolution
1920 x 1080 pixels
Panel Type
TN
Response Time
5 ms
Frequency
Horizontal: 24~83 kHz Vertical: 50~76 Hz
Max. Viewing Angles (H/V)
170 / 160°
Contrast Ratio
20 million : 1 (dynamic), 1000 : 1 (typical)
Brightness
200 cd/m2
Connectivity
VGA, DVI (HDCP), D-sub, 2 x USB Type A, 1x USB Type B, 3.5 audio port
Ergonomics
Tilt (+20 / -5 degrees), VESA mount

What Is a Touch Screen Monitor?

There are lots of computer monitors on the market today, varying from special gaming displays to cutting-edge curved monitors. However, the release of the latest Windows OS such as 8, 8.1, and 10 made it possible to enjoy touch screen even on PC monitors. Thanks to this technology, any user can interact with Windows (or any other supported OS) really fast and without a need for a mouse or keyboard. It's now possible to switch between apps within a second owing to touch screen LED monitors, and you can imagine how easy watching movies is! Moreover, a touch screen monitor for computer makes it a real pleasure to draw pictures, particularly kids adore this option.

You are also welcome to read our comparison of conventional computer monitors. And if you need a computer monitor mainly for watching movies, make sure to pick one of the best curved computer monitors on our shortlist.

Best Touch Screen Monitors

What Features to Compare

There are many touch screen monitor reviews on the web. We've decided to make it simple and compared the best touch screen computer monitors by the essential features only.

The first feature you should consider when choosing a touch screen monitor for computer is the Touch Screen Features of every device. There are 2 major types of LCD monitor touch screen technologies used in monitors and other gadgets - resistive and capacitive. Resistive panels are already obsolete - they don't support multi-touch, they react to any object, etc. That's why the vast majority of today's touch screen monitors are based on capacitive panels that are much better: they react only to your hands, support multitouch (which allows using a virtual keyboard, zoom images in and out, etc.). Of course, you should check if the monitor is certified by Microsoft. If it is, you can be sure it's fully compatible with one of the latest Windows versions. Keep in mind that uncertified monitors might be incompatible with Windows. Also, some people want to use Mac OS based computers with touch screen monitors. If you are one of them, be sure to pick the monitor which is fully compatible with the latest versions of Mac OS.

The next step you should make is to check the Display Specification or, in other words, all the crucial features of the screen itself. The first of them is the screen size - a large monitor with a diagonal of 27 inches is considered to be the best for comfortable and versatile use. Such monitors usually support at least Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), while some of them support the resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, so there will be no granularity on the screen. The image quality heavily depends on the technology used in a panel. We recommend you to pick a monitor with an IPS or VA panel, which provides excellent image quality, wide viewing angles, quick response time, high contrast ratio, etc.

Also, don't forget to pay attention to Connectivity options. It's always an advantage for an owner if a monitor has lots of slots and ports, so you can connect it to nearly any PC unit. For example, the best monitors have the following ports: HDMI, VGA, DVI, and Display port. All of them allow you to connect a tablet or a projection device, for example. Having at least 1 USB port is also important; this option allows you to use a monitor as a hub, to charge your gadgets, and so on. Also, the most multifunctional computer monitors have built-in speakers and a camera, so you don't need to buy them for video calls, conferences, etc.

Finally, you should check the Ergonomics. The casing of the monitor should be durable enough - you will touch the screen every day, so you might accidentally flip the device over. Next, any touch screen monitor must be comfortable in use, so find out to what degree you can tilt it. No need to say, it's far easier to use such a screen if it's in a horizontal position. Also, some people like to attach their computer monitor to a wall, and that's when a VESA mount comes in handy. Most monitors have VESA mount support, though some models have a built-in mount.

Acer T272HL

Touch Screen Features

This Acer monitor model features a 10-point touch screen, meaning it supports 10 simultaneous touching points. With this, flipping through the web becomes a breeze! Zoom in the image using two fingers like you do with your smartphone or tablet. Furthermore, the 10-point screen is good for image editing and turning. And this is just the beginning. It is a somehow rare feature today, but this 27" monitor supports not only Windows 8 and 8.1 but also Mac OS-based computers! What could be better?

Review of Acer T272HL Touch Screen Widescreen Monitor

Display Specification

The Acer T272HL Widescreen Touch Screen Monitor has a 27-inch 16:9 display. The Full HD 1920x1080 pixels resolution offers you the joy of your favorite movies in a reality-inflicting quality. To achieve a higher response time, the manufacturer used here an up-to-date VA panel that boasts 300 cd/m2 brightness. The viewing angles are the same as the IPS panels provide, whole 178° horizontally and vertically alike. You will be able to watch your movies from literally everywhere in the room. That's the best!

Acer T272HL Touch Screen Widescreen Monitor in the use

Connectivity

The variety of ports makes it possible to connect this large touch screen monitor to almost any device. There is an analog VGA port and digital DVI and HDMI ones, and at the side panel, you will find three high-speed USB 3.0 ports to connect your mouse, keyboard, additional hard drives, etc. You wish to listen to music without buying speakers? Easy! The Acer 27-inch monitor has built-in speakers for you! And to top it all, this marvelous monitor can be connected to your mobile gadgets without having to install any additional software.

Detailed review of Acer T272HL Touch Screen Widescreen Monitor

Ergonomics

The Acer T272HL is really modern-looking and ergonomic in design. The glass is scratch-resistant, no worries here. The stand that comes with the supply allows you to tilt the monitor at any comfortable angle between 10° and 60°. The height is also convenient. And at the back panel, you will find special points suitable for VESA 100x100 mm mount, which will help you easily hang this best-performing touch screen monitor on a wall.

Acer T272HL Touch Screen Widescreen Monitor application

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Acer T272HL
Acer T272HL
 

Planar PCT2785

Touch Screen Features

The Planar Helium PCT2785 is a capacitive monitor supporting a 10-point multi-touch technology, so the display is extremely responsive. There's a glass panel on top of the whole screen; it's scratch-resistant and easy-to-clean. Planar touch screen monitor for PC is compatible with all new Windows versions, including 8.1 and 10. We recommend this computer monitor for software developers and designers, though any common user will also adore this unit.

Review of Planar PCT2785 Widescreen Multi-Touch Monitor

Display Specification

This LED touch screen monitor is available in 2 screen sizes - 24 and 27 inches. Both are designed for 16:9 aspect ratio, so the image is always wide and natural. The maximum resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD), so the picture is always detailed. No need to remind you that Full HD resolution is the best for watching movies. The response time is rather high - 14 ms, so this monitor isn't actually the best choice for gamers. However, the MVA panel provides high image quality - the colors are vibrant and 'full'.

Planar PCT2785 Widescreen Multi-Touch Monitor in the use

Connectivity

The Planar Helium touch screen LED monitor offers lots of connectivity options, so you can connect lots of devices to this display. First of all, there's an analog VGA port, so you can easily connect Planar even to a relatively outdated PC. For newer computers and devices, HDMI and Display port (w/HDCP) inputs are available. The monitor has a USB hub (2 x USB 3.0 ports), so you can quickly plug a flash drive or any other device in. Planar is a truly multifunctional model thanks to a built-in camera (HD 720p), microphone, and even a couple of 2-Watt speakers (they produce a fairly good sound, despite small size).

Detailed review of Planar PCT2785 Widescreen Multi-Touch Monitor

Ergonomics

That's a unique monitor with smart design and perfect ergonomics. Special Helium desk stand allows you to adjust the tilt (from 15 to 70 degrees), or you can lay the display flat. Unlike some counterparts, this monitor supports either portrait or landscape orientation, so you can choose the fitting one. If you are going to attach a monitor to a wall, VESA mount compatibility is provided (100 x 100 mm).

Planar PCT2785 Widescreen Multi-Touch Monitor application

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

Dell S2240T

Touch Screen Features

Dell is a well-known manufacturer of different computer monitors and this model is surely worth buying. The touch screen of this device supports 10-point multitouch, so the monitor will be helpful for browsing the Internet and working with images. Dell monitor is compatible with Windows OS (8 and 8.1) - you just need to connect the device to a PC via USB slot, and multitouch will work.

Review of Dell S2240T Touch Screen Monitor

Display Specification

This version of Dell touch screen monitor has a 21.5-inch screen which is quite a good size for any tasks - working with graphics and documents, playing various computer games, watching movies, and so on. The maximum resolution supported by this device is 1920 x 1080 pixels or Full HD. Image quality is awesome thanks to VA panel that ensures excellent, bright colors and extra wide viewing angles (178 / 178 degrees). The maximum brightness of the panel is 250 cd/m2, so you will be able to use this monitor conveniently even in a well-lit room.

Dell S2240T Touch Screen Monitor in the use

Connectivity

The Dell S2240T has lots of different slots and ports, so don't worry whether you will be able to connect this unit to a PC or any device. There are digital interfaces - HDMI and DVI, and a VGA input that transmits an analog signal. No need to mention, there's a USB port for flash drives and other similar devices. You can connect a laptop via HDMI or VGA ports or, for example, view all pictures stored on your camera. The model has a special software called Dell Display Manager - it allows you to customize settings for every application or program on your computer.

Detailed review of Dell S2240T Touch Screen Monitor

Ergonomics

The Dell S2240T is an elaborately designed HDMI touch screen monitor with a large stand. You can tilt the unit (within 60 degrees) and adjust the height for your convenience. Dell engineers have made this model VESA mount compatible - you can easily attach the monitor to a wall. Very often designers, scientists, brokers and others need several monitors to see lots of information in real time. If you are one of such people, you can get 2 of these monitors on a special dual stand, so that you can use both displays simultaneously. The dual stand allows you to adjust every monitor individually.

Dell S2240T Touch Screen Monitor application

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Dell S2240T 21.5" LED Touch Screen Monitor Review
Dell S2240T
Dell S2240T
 

Gechic 1303i

The Technology is Finally There

Although the first touchscreen piece of equipment was introduced fairly recently, with the first ever model being produced in 1982 by George Samuel Hurst and released in 1993 by IBM and the technology not really receiving any kind of popularity or commercial success for another 10 or so years, it does seem like touchscreen devices have been around for ages, doesn't it?

Part of it certainly has something to do with the fact that while the device became popular in the last decade, the first attempts to produce a touchscreen technology date back to 1970s when a couple of engineers from CERN developed a transparent touchscreen based on their work at a television factory in the early 1960s. Another cause for it could very well be the fact that an idea of a touchscreen technology has been prominent in the science fiction genre being mentioned as early as 1951 in Isaac Asimov's series of science fiction books called The Foundation. The last but not least possible reason for this kind of phenomenon could possibly be the fact that a touchscreen technology provides a tremendous amount of convenience and utility that simply isn't possible with on a regular device paired with an orthodox screen. Whatever the case may be, the touchscreen technology is here and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. So you may as well get on board with it and purchase the GeChic 1303i, a touchscreen portable monitor that will be able to satisfy even the most seasoned customers.

Review of Gechic 1303i Touchscreen Portable Monitor

Accessive and Multifunctional

The GeChic 1303i is a 10 point portable multi-touch capacitive touchscreen. This piece of equipment's use of projective capacitive touch technology provides the ability to support a ten-finger multi-touch recognition making the device suitable to use with Windows 8.1's multitasking applications. Other than being the main screen with touch feature, it can also be used as a second external monitor. Thanks to the micro-HDMI, mini DisplayPort, and VGA inputs, the device can be used with a large variety of peripheral devices. The device comes with a plug-and-play option removing the prerequisite to install drivers, giving you the ability to plug the model into both Mac and Windows-based computers. In addition to plugging it into a computer, the GeChic 1303i can also be operated as a digital signage solution, as a secondary screen in a dual monitor setup, or with a PS4 or Xbox One game console.

Gechic 1303i Touchscreen Portable Monitor in the use

A Mobile Solution

Of course, since the piece of equipment in question is a monitor, the quality of the screen and its resolution are one of the most important factors. And the GeChic 1303i is no slouch when it comes to that, boasting an IPS panel that features up to 16.7 million colors, a brightness rating of 250 cd/m², and an optimal resolution of 1920 x 1080 making it a proper Full HD display. The model is just 0.41" thick and features 13.3 inches in size making it an extremely mobile piece of equipment that you can take with you anywhere you go and carrying which isn't going to prove much of a problem. Similar to mounting TV, 1303I comes with VESA 100 mount compatibility that meets the international standards. The 1303I can effortlessly be installed on an arm or wall mount, creating a much more flexible work environment. You even have the option of installing it on a camera tripod with support for a 1/4" screw found on many camera cradle heads. All in all, the GeChic 1303I is a portable touchscreen monitor that provides the amount of quality, performance, and mobility that will be able to satisfy even the pickiest customers.

Detailed review of Gechic 1303i Touchscreen Portable Monitor

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Gechic 1303i
Gechic 1303i
 

ViewSonic TD2220

Touch Screen Features

The ViewSonic TD2220 touch screen monitor for computer is your best choice for working with various commercial and consumer-oriented applications. This PC monitor's display features dual-point optical touch for you to easily zoom in/out and rotate images. The TD2220 has a surface that is resistant to scratches and can endure heavy usage. The screen features are optimized for Windows 8.

Review of ViewSonic TD2220 Dual-Point Optical Touch Screen Monitor

Display Specification

The monitor size is 22 inches, 21.5 inches of which are viewable. The display has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, same as most up-to-date models. As the name suggests, Full HD is a perfect resolution for watching your favorite movies and various videos at high resolution and in great quality. The TN panel of this ViewSonic monitor for PC provides the 5 ms response time and the viewing angles of 170° (H) / 160° (V).

ViewSonic TD2220 Dual-Point Optical Touch Screen Monitor in the use

Connectivity

The model features various connectivity types. You will be able to use it with most modern computers via the DVI digital port, and with older devices via the VGA analog port. There is an option to connect external audio devices, the only thing necessary to do is to have a cord with a standard 3.5 Jack plug. The ViewSonic TD2220 LED-Lit Touch Screen monitor also has several USB ports for connecting external hard drives, flash drives, and devices like computer mice, keyboards, speakers etc.

Detailed review of ViewSonic TD2220 Dual-Point Optical Touch Screen Monitor

Ergonomics

The ViewSonic TD2220 is a highly convenient model. It can be tilted 5° forwards and 20° backward, meaning you will be able to adjust the display to a position perfect for you personally. The height adjustment feature is not among the most popular in this kind of devices, so the manufacturer had foregone it for the sake of other, more useful, options. For example, the option to mount this touch screen PC monitor on the wall using 100x100 mm VESA brackets. Additionally, we'd like to point out a pair of 2-Watt internal speakers, which ensure decent sound quality and let you save money instead of buying a full-sized sound system.

ViewSonic TD2220 Dual-Point Optical Touch Screen Monitor application

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Product Tour: ViewSonic TD2220 Black 22" USB Optical Multi-Touch Full HD LED backlit monitor
ViewSonic TD2220
ViewSonic TD2220
 

Did you know?

A brief history of touchscreen technology

-The first touchscreen (or, at least, what historians consider to be the first touchscreen) had been invented by E.A. Johnson at the Royal Radar Establishment, Malvern, UK, around 1965 - 1967. E.A. Johnson published the article in 1968 and it contained a full description of the touchscreen technology for air traffic control.

-Later, in 1971, Sam Hurst (founder of Elographics), who has been working as an instructor at the University of Kentucky, developed a "touch sensor". He called this sensor the "Elograph" and later The University of Kentucky Research Foundation patented it. The "Elograph" didn't look like modern touchscreens nowadays look and it was not very transparent, however, it was a significant step in this field, especially in touchscreen technology in particular. In 1974, the first true touch screen incorporating a transparent surface came on the scene developed by Sam Hurst and Elographics.

-In 1977, Elographics developed and patented a resistive touchscreen technology. In 1977, Siemens Corporation collaborated with Elographics and financed research of the first curved glass touch sensor interface, which became the first true "touch screen" and this device was called as a "touch screen" for the first time. But later, in 1994, February 24, the company decided to change its name from Elographics to Elo TouchSystems.

IBM and Apple rivalry

A couple dozens of years later, the results of different kinds of research on this subject appeared, so the nineties introduced handheld touchscreen technology. In 1993, Apple released the Newton PDA, supplied with handwriting recognition; and IBM made an effort to surpass Apple and released "Simon", that's how they called their first smartphone, which was equipped with a calendar, a notepad, and fax function, and a touchscreen interface that allowed users to dial phone numbers.

Modern days

In the 2000th, this technology appeared to us in more familiar form. Microsoft introduced the Windows XP Tablet edition in 2002. That's how they started their entry into touch technology. However, you could say that the increase in popularity of touchscreen smartphones defined the 2000s. Later, in 2007, Apple introduced the new kind of smartphones, when they claimed to reinvent the phone, and so the world was introduced to iPhone, with nothing but touchscreen technology. In 2011, Microsoft collaborated with manufacturers like Samsung and produced tabletop Surface hardware. Samsung SUR40 is a good example of that. It has a 40-inch 1080p LED and it radically reduced the amount of internal space required for the touch sensing mechanisms. At 22-inches thick, it was thinner than its predecessors, and the size reduction made it possible to mount the display on a wall.


FAQ:

Q: Can I use this with a PS4 or other console?
A: It depends on your monitor model, but most of the modern touch screens are supplied with connectivity ports that fit game consoles. So Xbox and PS4 players can enjoy their favorite games on touch screens.

Q: Can you draw on it? (Not professional drawing, more like annotating)
A: Yes, but only using the right drawing apps. Browse the right app, download it and enjoy your drawing and annotation. Nowadays the app market can offer you a lot of different drawing apps for professionals, amateurs and for those, who want to learn to draw.

Q: Will the monitor work with Windows 10?
A: Yes, it will. All the 2015-2017 monitors work with Windows 10. If the monitor is a couple years elder you'll have to find the right drivers. Moreover, some of the modern models are even more productive on Windows 10. Just check out specs and view of the monitor model you're going to buy.

Q: What power source is required?
A: The monitor will be supplied with a power lead that can be connected to a standard UK socket. If you have some power supply troubles, please, contact support service at your convenience.

Q: Would this be good for making animation and drawing?
A: Depends on the resolution, but mostly it is excellent, so it will certainly be good for making animation and drawing. You can check out some special apps, it will make drawing much more efficient.

Q: Will this work with cubase and other like music software with sliders and knobs?
A: Yes - it will work with any app you'd use a mouse in, however, how it works depends to some extent on the operating system as well as the app. Windows 10 fully supports the multitouch interface beautifully and you can run pretty well touch-only. Mac OS X works well, however, it's not touch-optimized like Windows 10 and some controls expect you to operate like a mouse. And you have to check is your screen Mac OS-friendly. The application also matters, so if it doesn't support things like knobs which "turn" you'll still be limited to the "mouse" action. On the mac I've found it very useful with Logic Audio - it's faster to press on-screen buttons than move the mouse/trackpad to them and click, but not all the monitors are compatible with Mac OS.


Sources:

1. Computer Monitor | Touchscreen Monitor, Consumer Reports. July 2013.

2. Touchscreen, Wikipedia.

3. What is touch screen? WhatIs.com.

4. How to buy a monitor in 2017, CNET.


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