If you are a budding creator or a graphic designer, you must already know the importance of having a touch-based monitor. Not only do these monitors free you from having to deal with keyboard shortcuts and mouse clicks, but they also make work easy and convenient. Today, touchscreen monitors are both fast and respond well to touches. In fact, you could be touching at more than one point on the screen, and all the touch-points will be recorded.
Most of these touchscreen monitors work well with Windows 10 systems as well as a few Android phones. They tend to be a bit expensive than other monitors even if they do not bundle the latest specifications. This is primarily because of the screen.
Nevertheless, if you want to buy a touch screen monitor for yourself, here are our recommendations for the best ones. But first,
The Dell P2418HT is a premium touch screen monitor designed for creators as well as for business users. It packs an IPS display on a 23.8-inch screen and has a whopping capacitive 4096 x 4096 pixel resolution. The latter makes it easy for creators and designers to fine-tune their work by zooming in. However, the main crux of this touch screen monitor is its incredible picture quality. The picture is sharp, and the contrast is spot on.
Even though the P2418HT has been in the market for quite some time, it packs a sharp look. It's a 10-point touch screen, which means that the screen will respond and detect even when you touch it all the 10 fingers. This feature is a godsend, especially if you plan to use this monitor to create art or graphics designing.
While the picture quality is sharp, the screen still needs a bit of color calibration. Thankfully, the OSD buttons at the front make it easy to do so.
The Dell P2418HT boasts of single DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA connectors when it comes to the inputs. The former is especially helpful if you have a laptop with DisplayPort over USB-C. Unfortunately, there are no built-in speakers, so you will have to rely on an extended speaker or the ones on your laptop.
However, it's not perfect. The Dell P2418HT has an input lag of about 15 milliseconds and comes into play when you are playing fast-paced games.
The crux of the Asus ZenScreen MB16AMT is its built-in battery. Yep, you read that right. This touchscreen monitor packs a rechargeable built-in battery (7800mAh), making it convenient to be used with Android phones. At the same time, it eliminates the need to power the screen via the laptop. Being a premium product, it brings in all the punches with a stylus, an IPS panel, and a 10-point capacitive input.
Not only does this touch screen monitor respond well to touches, but it also supports a slew of gestures such as scrolling, sliding, stretching, or pinching with your fingers, just as you'd do on your smartphone. For the record, it's a 15.6-inch FHD display set in an IPS panel.
However, at heart, the ZenScreen MB16AMT is not really meant for graphic designers or creators. During their test, the folks at PC Mag found the ZenScreen Touch to display 69% of the sRGB color space.
At the end of the day, the ZenScreen MB16AMT makes for a good general-purpose touch screen monitor. And the fact that it doesn't need a separate source of power is a huge plus.
When it comes to connectors, this one comes with a USB Type-C and a micro-HDMI connector. Thankfully, the company ships the monitor with a USB-C cable (that supports DisplayPort over USB-C), making for a clutterless setup.
Another great touchscreen monitor is the Planar Helium PCT2235. This one is known for its excellent color accuracy, which makes it apt for creators. This one doesn't have a conventional monitor stand and instead packs a U-shaped stand. And it's this stand that adds to its flexibility. It can lean back around 55-degrees, and it's a boon when you are working on the screen directly. Or, you can lie it flat, which is a big plus.
The Planar Helium PCT2235 is a big monitor and measures around 21.5-inches and packs a full HD resolution. And like its counterparts above, it also packs 10-point multi-touch making it easy and convenient to work on.
The Helium PCT2235 has its share of downsides as well. For one, the viewing angles are not that great. Plus, around 14 milliseconds' response lag makes it unsuitable for gaming or for watching movies since the screen tends to leave a blur. If you must know, touchscreen monitors are slower when compared to their conventional non-touch monitors.
Connection wise, it does pretty well and comes with each of HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA ports, and USB 2.0 ports, thereby giving you the liberty to hook the screen as per your preference. Do note that plugging the HDMI cable will not transfer the touch information across, and you will need another channel, preferably a USB cable for that.
Another touch screen monitor that you can consider is the ASUS VT229H. It's in the same league as the one above. The IPS panel translates into a good color reproduction and wide viewing angles. Plus, the touch screen is responsive (10-point multi-gesture) and supports various gestures, including scrolling, pinching, and sliding, among others, especially on Windows 10 machines.
When it comes to ergonomics, it's not as flexible as the Planar monitor above. As compared to the 55-degree tilt of the PCT2235, the Asus VT229H can only go up to 20-degree. And since it packs a conventional base, it's not easy to lie it flat against tables or desks.
One of the defining features of this touchscreen monitor is its sleek and bezel-free look. Though the thin bezels give it a cool look, it tends to get in the way of your work, especially if you stray too close to the screen edge.
One of the major disadvantages of this monitor is its lack of a DisplayPort input. And in its absence, you get HDMI and USB-B port, which do the work of transferring video signals and touch data to the monitor. Apart from that, you get a VGA input and a 3.5 headphone jack.
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Be it free-hand a sketch or tweaking the different modes in Photoshop, using a touch-based monitor helps in easing your work. More importantly, you can zoom in at one go instead of pressing some random keyboard shortcuts.
So, which one of these will you buy?
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