Pros / It has one of the best tilt ranges in our review.
Cons / The PCT2235’s design is underwhelming.
Verdict / The Planar PCT2235’s flexibility and light weight make it one of the most versatile touchscreens on the market.
You want a touchscreen monitor that is comfortable to use and well designed, features a quality display, and easily connects to your computer. The Planar PCT2235 is a very well-rounded option that meets a lot of these basic needs. While it isn’t as flashy or as sleek as our top two picks, it’s very functional and comfortable to use. This model has the same multi-touch functionality and flexibility as the monitors in Planar’s impressive Helium series, along with a lightweight, ergonomic design and glassy display surface. For these reasons, it earns our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award.
- Response Time
- Pixel Pitch
- Screen Size
The Planar PCT2235 monitor features a U-shape A-frame stand, which allows for a tilt range of 55 degrees. It can also lie flat when the stand is down. While the design is very functional, it’s not very flashy or impressive.
Because it doesn’t have wide bezels, the PCT2235’s display sits quite lower on your desk or workspace. This makes it a little awkward to use the touchscreen surface.
While the manufacturer lists in the specifications that this monitor has edge-to-edge glass, it has a very thin bezel and a black frame, which cut into the listed 22-inch screen. The display’s actual viewable area is 21.5 inches, so it’s one of the smaller monitors in our comparison. While it’s unlikely your finger will bump the outer edge because of the buffer, seamless bezels are better.
In addition to its screen being on the small side, it took slightly more effort to adjust the display’s viewing angle compared to other models we reviewed. The monitor also dragged across our work surface awkwardly when we pulled and pushed it to a comfortable distance after adjusting the angle of the display. The PCT2235 is slightly thicker than our number one and number two picks, with a depth of 1.9 inches.
This multi-touch display tied with the ViewSonic TD2230 for the lightest monitor in our comparison. It weighs only 7.9 pounds, so it is easy to pick up and carry around. While these types of large desktop displays aren’t really designed to be portable, if you’re planning on using your touchscreen monitor to work with clients or during meetings, this one has a quick set up time and is easy enough to lug around.
The on-screen controls are located on the bottom right of the display. As we tested the monitors, we used their default settings, so the display control lock wasn’t enabled. When our reviewers tested this Planar monitor, they bumped the OSD controls more than once, which disrupted what they were doing. This interference is why monitors that house their OSD controls away from the bezels are better.
The Planar PCT2235 ranked as about average for display quality in our testing. It has better color accuracy than our Gold Award winner, but its response time of 14 milliseconds was the slowest in our review. A fast response time means the pixels can change quickly enough to keep up as high- definition games and videos change from frame to frame. A short response time also prevents ghosting, which occurs when images linger one frame to the next in fast-paced sequences. Touchscreens tend to have slower response times than standard monitors, but the PCT2235’s is outside the norm.
The monitor’s input lag, or the time it takes for information to arrive in the center of display, is good compared to the other touchscreen displays in our review. All the monitors we tested fell into two groups: slow or fast, with none falling in between. The slow group consistently tested in the 15 to 16 millisecond range, while the fast group received scores between 10 and 11 milliseconds. The Planar PCT2235 had an approximate time of a 10.6 milliseconds. The more quickly information can arrive on the screen the better.
The U-shape stand makes it easier to access the ports than with some of the other displays in our review. But because of the thin bezel design, the ports are closer to the work surface, which places a little pressure on the cables and makes it difficult to use port adapters.
The touchscreen display has both an HDMI and a DisplayPort hookup as well as an analog VGA port. Neither of the Planar models we reviewed feature USB 3.0 ports, instead opting for USB 2.0. This means their file transfer speeds are much slower than others in our comparison.
Help & Support
Planar has a great customer service system equipped with phone, live chat, and email support options. Many of its support channels are only accessible during regular business hours.
Adding touchscreen technology to a large desktop monitor increases the overall cost, but the Planar PCT2235’s plain, no-frills design goes a little way in bringing its price more in line with that of a standard desktop monitor. The smaller viewing area can make it harder to use desktop programs for long periods of time, but it’s compact design also makes it easier to move around than some touchscreens. The Planar’s display quality was average. Still, it was easier to connect to than other touchscreen monitors we reviewed. The Planar PCT2235’s design doesn’t stand out compared to our other award winners, but it’s a consistent, reliable monitor with a thoughtful design.