Three Things to Look for in Smart Touchscreen Monitors

They’re at the forefront of tech design but make sure they’ll work with your other devices.

Man working on touchscreen monitor
A touchscreen monitor is easy to use and transport.Unsplash

You might think that touchscreen tech is new but the first-ever touchscreen is thought to date back to 1965! Apple popularized the technology in the early 2000s and now it’s fully ingrained in our lives—some toddlers expect zoom gestures to work on print magazines. So why not expect it from your new computer monitor?

Planar Helium PCT2235 Touch Screen 22" LED LCD Full HD Resolution Monitor with Helium Stand,black
Tilts to switch from passive viewing to complete interaction and is compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 10.Planar

Most touchscreens will tell you about the number of touchpoints a screen can register at once. The standard for these days is 10—even on smaller ones like your phone or tablet; you shouldn’t notice much difference between how they work and how a touchscreen monitor works, it’s just on a larger scale.

Asus Zenscreen MB16AMT 15.6" Full HD Portable Monitor Touch Screen IPS Non-Glare Built-in Battery and Speakers Eye Care USB Type-C Micro HDMI W/Foldable Smart Case
Ultra-lightweight and ideal for travel, compatible with both Windows and Mac OS, and comes with its own energy supply.ASUS

Think about what you need your screen for. For many people, the appeal is that of a portable version that helps you transform your phone or other small devices into a fully functioning desktop computer. If you’re planning to use your touchscreen monitor on the move, look for one that has an integrated battery so you can use it without needing a power outlet.

ASUS VT229H 21.5" Monitor 1080P IPS 10-Point Touch Eye Care with HDMI VGA, Black
This device is ideal for playing games.ASUS

As always, when buying tech that you want to integrate with your existing systems, it’s worth checking the device’s compatibility. That means checking to see whether the monitor will work with Macs and PCs (or Android and iOS if you’re looking to use it with your phone). Most portable touchscreens can be made to work with any operating system, but it might mean having to install driver software. It’s also worth checking the connectivity and the ports installed on the monitor and your electronics—HDMI, micro HDMI, USB, DisplayPort, VGA—to make sure you have all the appropriate cables to make your machines play nicely together.

Also Consider

VIOTEK LinQ Touch P16CT 16-Inch Class Portable Touchscreen Monitor | Ultra-Slim IPS w/FreeSync | USB-C, HDMI, 3.5mm Port with Speakers | USB-C DP ALT-Mode Required for Touch Functions
This model weighs just 1.7 pounds.VIOTEK
Battery Portable Monitor Touchscreen, UPERFECT Upgraded 15.6 Inch IPS HDR 1920X1080 FHD 10-Point Touch USB C Monitor Built-in 10800mAh Battery & Quad Speaker, Eye Care with HD USB Type-C Smart Case
This product comes with a protective cover.UPERFECT
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