Time to answer a popular Windows 8-related question from the Hardware 2.0 mailbox:
I've decided that my problem with Windows 8 is not Windows 8, but my PC's lack of support for touch. Can you suggest a way I can add touch to my PC without replacing my entire PC?
I sure can. In fact, I can suggest a number of ways you can add touch support t an existing PC.
When we think of touch, we automatically think of touchscreen devices such as smartphones and tablets, which is why when we think of a touch-enabled PC, we think of a touchscreen PC. And there are a number of touchscreens on the market that you can buy to add to an existing system.
There are a number of displays on the market, but here are three worth taking a look at.
- Acer T232HL: 23-inch display with 10-point touch support. Price: $550.
- Dell S2340T: 23-inch display with 10-point touch support. A gorgeous display packed with features such as a webcam, USB 3.0 ports, and a versatile stand. The only drawback is the steep price tag. Price: $650.
- Viewsonic TD2220: A nice, cheap 22-inch display. The biggest drawback of this is that the bezel around the display makes getting to the edges for edge-gestures a bit of a pain. Price: $285.
There are pros and cons to touchscreens.
- Easy and intuitive to use.
- Easy upgrade to carry out.
- You have to replace the whole monitor (unless you keep the old one and add it as a second screen).
Another touch option is to add a pen tablet. This gives you a quick and easy way to add touch at a low price and without much fuss.
I recommend taking a look at the Wacom range of tablets, in particular the Intuos5 range, which come in small, medium, and large, and can not only be used with a pen, but also feature a touch-sensitive surface. Prices range from $230 to $500, depending on size.
- Great dual-use tool.
- Perfect for artists, photographers, and creative types.
- Option to switch between pen and tablet.
- Quite pricey.
- Tablets take up a lot of desk space.
Windows 8 has spawned a mass of touch-enabled peripherals from companies such asand , ranging from touchpads to touch-enabled mice.
- Easy to add to a system.
- Plenty of choice.
- Can be confusing to set up.
- Not as intuitive to use as a touchscreen.
- Not a pure touch experience.