Touch screen monitors give you direct control over your PC without the need for a mouse. Anyone working in creative industries will really feel the benefit of a touch screen for drawing and illustration, and if you struggle to hold a mouse or use it accurately, touch screens can be an excellent way to help less able people navigate Windows. Our picks of the best touch screen monitors take a wide variety of models and sizes into account.
Protection with seamless bezels
The Acer T232HL is exceptionally well-built with a sturdy stand that prevents the monitor from moving around during use. The edgeless bezel means you’ll never bang your hands against the desk while using the touch screen. The touch screen itself works perfectly and the image quality is up there with the best HD monitor.
HD touch screen with tilt
With a 55-degree tilt angle, the Planar Helium PCT2485 has one of the broadest adjustable ranges. The flexible stand lets you adjust the screen tilt angle to suit your needs - you can even fold the stand away if you want to lay the monitor down flat on your workstation, which is ideal for drawing on the screen. It comes with an integrated webcam.
For small desks and workspaces
The compact designed ViewSonic touch screen monitor is perfect for space-conscious consumers. The 21.5-inch ViewSonic TD2230 is relatively lightweight - just 7.9 ounces - and is portable. The image quality is still great with a full 1920 x 1080 HD pixel resolution. It has a short pixel pitch (the space between individual pixels), resulting in sharper image quality compared to the other monitors.
The Planar Helium PCT2235 isn’t particularly flashy, but if you’re looking for a great touch screen monitor on a budget, it is a fantastic choice. The color accuracy is excellent with this screen, as is the refresh time. It has ten-point multi-touch interactivity, and its A-frame stand can be folded away to let the monitor lie flat on your desk.
Stylish touch screen
The Dell P2418HT has a matte finish instead of the usual reflective glass screen that reduces glare for users. The non-reflective finish also means that it looks much more like a traditional monitor. This Dell monitor has a unique flexible rotating arm that holds up the display in place of a traditional A-frame stand. The flexible arm is adjustable allowing for forward and backward, as well as up and down movements.
Things to consider when choosing a touchscreen monitor
We recommend looking for a monitor with an A-frame stand and a wide tilt range. These features make touch screen displays easier to use all day long as well as easier to adjust from one position to another.
When touch screen monitors first became available, most couldn’t handle more than one or two points of touch, and most of them were difficult to use. Now, many have ten-point multi-touch screens, which means they can register up to ten simultaneous touches at a time, making a variety of tasks much easier.
Touch screen monitors with glass surfaces are the best because they are the most durable and comfortable to use. They also more closely mimic the shiny, glossy screens we are accustomed to on smartphones and tablets.
The only downside to a glass touch screen is its reflective surface; it’s a bit distracting to see yourself and your surroundings reflected in the screen when you sit down to work. These highly reflective surfaces can also cause eyestrain. Some of the monitors we looked at have a matte surface, which eliminates glare but is not as smooth.
A lightweight monitor is typically easier to move around or hang, though it should also be sturdy. It’s also important for the monitor to have a large display because touch screens have on-screen keyboards. Keep your eye on the dimensions versus the screen’s total viewing area; some manufacturers don’t account for the size of the bezels in their listed screen size.
Another design element that makes a big difference is the bezels – the plastic edge around the screen. The bezels shouldn’t interfere with touch capability. For example, you don’t want to spend your entire workday bumping your finger against the edges of the display. The best touch screen monitors have edge-to-edge glass, and we find that these seamless displays also make monitors look sleeker and more attractive.
Finally, on most standard monitors, the display controls, which you use to change the screen’s brightness, color, and contrast, are physical buttons located on the bezel. However, when these buttons are in the same place on a touch screen, you constantly bump them while typing and using touch functions. While most displays have a feature that locks the buttons when they’re not in use, a few house the controls in more practical places. We recommend looking a monitor with display controls located somewhere other than the bezel.