Touch screen for desktop...a good thing?

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  1. elementinsane

    elementinsane MDL Member

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    My monitor is acting funny. Been using it for more than 12 years and now wish to let it retire gracefully. So my question is....since I have Win8 on my PC anyways..was wondering if it would be a good idea to get e desktop touch screen. I won't b the only one using it and my dad too would be spending equal time on it. Mainly for browsing and surfing, reading and writing. No gaming at all.

    So should.i go for a touch or a normal monitor..if touch, would u suggest some good brands I could go ahead with. I am not looking for AIOs but just monitors...

    Thanks!!
     
  2. BTOR

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    i doubt the monitor comes separately but if you want a desktop touch device

    1.MSI Wind Top AE2010 All-in-One PC.
    2.Sony VAIO Tap 20 Touchscreen All-in-One.
    3.Lenovo C320 20 inch Multi Touch All-in-One Desktop PC
     
  3. elementinsane

    elementinsane MDL Member

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    Thanks all for your replies...however, I am using it only for browsing and surfing and writing. Photoshop sometimes here and there (red eye reduction, remove the unwanted cousin from the family photo:p) that kind of thing...will it be useful? Maximum reviews I've read about touch desktop PCs is negative. The ergonomics isn't good, becomes uncomfortable to swap between mouse/keyboard and monitor and overall has very little use in a home environment. Wondering what to do. If not AIOs, would only the screen also make a smart purchase?
     
  4. S_A_S

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    For desktop only, and for the tasks you described i would stick to a normal screen.

    We just bought a all-in-one pc with touch screen and i'm allready having regrets.

    If you realy want the touch screen experience buy a tablet.
     
  5. bk109

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    I second the motion - I don't exactly regret getting one touch-enabled device,but all in all it's not something I'd recommend for a normal home usage scenario. As for tablet devices,I'd add that a good choice is to go for a x86 tablet if Windows/Other desktop OS is a must have,but if going for an ARM-based device - go for an Android,as WindowsRT isn't that good of a product(yet)
     
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  7. BTOR

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    If you build it yourself , for sure u will save 7-8 K or you get better product for same price.
     
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  10. elementinsane

    elementinsane MDL Member

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    Correct...pretty basic stuff is all I'm gonna do. Browsing and surfing reading and writing and oh YouTube once in a while...

    How is Acer as a brand? I like the c440 and 445...
     
  11. PaulDesmond

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    Using a big touch screen placed in front of you sometimes can cause backbone or sholder problems as the usage is not like typing a letter on a keyboard or using a mouse with moving it by placing your arm on your solid desk.
    Using it only for certain purposes like zooming in/out pictures or moving graphical parts on the screen or some scrolling the browser surely will not harm your bones.
     
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  12. Shenj

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    It's really aint great on a Standard Desktop setup, Touchscreen is more or less useless as your Monitor is likely to be placed too far away (properly) for fast Touchscreen use, but on Laptops it's just a few cm so Touchscreen on a laptop is quite fabulous as the touchscreen use is faster in most cases than pointing the cursor with the touchpad and it won't strain your arms either :D
    There are still scenarios for Touchscreen on Desktop, but many people will not run into these scenarios ever.. so they have a Touchscreen monitor that never gets touched ~.~
     
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  13. pisthai

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    Using Touch Screens for some years already. For special purpose, sure! Most I'd used for POS Software for Retailers and Restaurants/Hotels. for the later we change quite a lot from PC to Tablet while the Mainsystem still is running on Server. POS is till today the main use for Touch screens which will not change in the near future, me think.

    Personally I use touch screens also for Graphic editing. It's faster and more precise for what we have to, whit we I mean my employees and myself in my company. The screen isn't stand in front, it down on Table. Work on it is a bit similar to work with an Digitizer. So there isn't any hurt for our bones!!
     
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  14. elementinsane

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    #20 elementinsane, Jan 12, 2013
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    Thanks all u guys...I have zeroed down on Lenovo c340 and C440. Will take my old man to the store next week and pick one :p

    Reading all the responses here and around the net, they ARE useless. So wont be going in for a touch as it doesn't really justify that price TBH.

    Also is a AIO worth the cost... What are the benefits of having an AIO over a desktop?