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bobjohnson
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Touchscreen monitor...

I bought a new laptop with windows 8 and it kinda feels silly to me. I feel like I'm using an android phone with a mouse. Anyways, I just recently built my desktop and was wondering if anyone here has an opinion on buying a touch screen monitor for it? Or more to the point, would I just be wasting my money as far as not having a practical, everyday use for it? I really like this monitor btw. »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···24009438
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aurgathor

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It will be useful for Windows 8. Older OS -- not so much.



bobjohnson
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said by aurgathor:

It will be useful for Windows 8. Older OS -- not so much.

That's what I'll be using. I have the anytime upgrade for $39.


Freddy
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Some people don't know that Windows 7 also supported touchscreen. See:

»www.kodyaz.com/touchscreen/windo···s-7.aspx

Nothing new in this regard in Windows 8. I bought a touchscreen monitor when I installed Windows 8, just to have the option available should I wish to use touch. Why not?

Freddy

Edit: I purchased this monitor, because it best fit my budget:

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHtnxXG7gGI


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said by Freddy:

Some people don't know that Windows 7 also supported touchscreen. See:

»www.kodyaz.com/touchscreen/windo···s-7.aspx

Nothing new in this regard in Windows 8.

Support was there even earlier, but that's not particularly relevant.

The issue with Win8 that it's easier and quicker to use it with a touch screen.
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signmeuptoo
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Oh great, now we're all gonna have to live with greasy, grubby screens, sore arms, and broken monitors? I was happiest with the old school trackballs back in the day. I have the tremors so not so good now though.



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said by signmeuptoo:

Oh great, now we're all gonna have to live with greasy, grubby screens, sore arms, and broken monitors?

No, no one is going to HAVE to do any such thing.
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bobjohnson
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said by Freddy:

Some people don't know that Windows 7 also supported

I know that win 7 supports the touchscreen but I never found a need for it. With Windows 8 it just doesn't seem right with a mouse.


bobjohnson
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said by signmeuptoo:

Oh great, now we're all gonna have to live with greasy, grubby screens, sore arms, and broken monitors? I was happiest with the old school trackballs back in the day. I have the tremors so not so good now though.

Greasy, grubby screen is my main concern with this idea. I don't like fingerprints on my 4" screens I am definitely not gonna like it on my 23"...
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BlitzenZeus
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With the exception of some badly written metro apps, even with win 8 you don't need a touchscreen. Some of the metro apps don't work correctly with a mouse, and keyboard, hence badly written.



Freddy
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All,

Remember, you also can use a stylus with a touchscreen, rather than only using fingers. No mess, no grubby screen.

Freddy



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said by Freddy:

All,

Remember, you also can use a stylus with a touchscreen, rather than only using fingers. No mess, no grubby screen.

Freddy

What about multi-touch? Like gestures and such. That's kinda hard with a stylus.
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Octavean
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This deal has likely long since past but have a look if you're interested:

Deals for January 2nd - Planar Helium 27-in 1080p Touchscreen LED-Backlit LCD Display $699

I have heard that there either are or will be USB devices that one can add to an existing display to add touch input. I recall about hearing about one such device for Apple computers as well as PC,….

I have some touch devices and I think its fine for the products that need it as its primary input option,…..I'm not nearly as interested in touch on desktop systems,….

I mean,….why,….



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said by Octavean:

I mean,….why,….

I like the idea of using touch for my desktop, but I am just not sure if I will actually use it (or be able to) for anything other than just the metro interface. If that's the case I may save my $.


Octavean
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Examples of how you can add touch to existing monitors:

»www.engadget.com/2012/09/17/zorr···-review/

»www.ezscreen.com/instant-touch.htm

»www.magictouch.com/addon.html

And if you are good with your hands you might want to consider something like this:

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJU8sBt7eC8


»www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VNTPwVv···lts_main


rusdi
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reply to bobjohnson

I dunno. I like my Android phone, but I'm afraid my cats would have things REALLY screwed up if I had a TS on my computer!



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said by rusdi:

I dunno. I like my Android phone, but I'm afraid my cats would have things REALLY screwed up if I had a TS on my computer!

I use Rainmeter on my HP TouchSmart and sometimes the cats wander by the screen and the next thing I know, my desktop has been rearranged!

And then there's the summer time -- when my Firefox browser tabs would mysteriously disappear because some gnat would hover/land juuuuuust right on the screen
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Raphion

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This might turn out to be better than multitouch screens, and cheaper to boot. »leapmotion.com/product

I look forward to seeing how it works.


NefCanuck

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I'm using the Dell branded 23" touchscreen monitor with Windows 7 at home and at work and love it. As I only have one hand that I can type with, the touchscreen makes it faster for me to do things that a mouse requires too much room for and a touchpad isn't as fluid to do.

I would have already upgraded to Windows 8 but I'm waiting on a critical piece of software I use to get a Win 8 version before I can make the jump.

NefCanuck



bobjohnson
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I ordered it anyways. I'm gonna see how it goes. Thank you for all the advice