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.
Tablets take up a lot of desk space.
Windows 8 has spawned a mass of touch-enabled peripherals from companies such as Logitech and Microsoft, ranging from touchpads to touch-enabled mice.