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FANTASTIC Touch Screen Monitor
on November 23, 2011
As a Graphic Artist, I wanted to find a touch screen that I could use for digital drawing directly onto the monitor. I was drooling over the Wacom Cintiq for a while but wasn't willing to drop several grand... especially when touch screens with excellent reviews were hitting the market. I went into Best Buy and they allowed me to load Autodesk SketchBook Pro onto an Asus touchscreen PC (model ET2410-06 ) and the pressure and response was outstanding. I think that PC could give Cintiq a run for it's money. Again, I didn't want to drop nearly a grand on a PC when I had a three year old Quad Core HP with six gigs of ram and a dedicated graphics card that worked great.
So on with my search until I read raving reviews about the Planar 22" LCD touch screen. I did more research and found that Planar makes an LED touch screen slightly larger. There weren't any reviews on this model so I took a chance on buying it and I'm glad I did.
The LED monitor has brilliant colors and is more crisp than my older HP LCD that I bought three years ago. I'm a bit stunned with the difference in color and clarity. I had to do some tweeking in the control panel on both the Planar and mostly in the control panel on my Windows 7 system for touch response. Make sure you plug in the USB from the monitor to the computer since that is how the PC talks with the monitor for touch.
Also, I found for graphics programs, I needed to turn off the 'Flick' response in the control panel for best performance without lag when drawing on the screen. I'm psyched for Windows 8 to hit the market next year with even more touch capabilities. I'd imagine this monitor would seriously rock on an i7 processor but for now, it's fulfilling my expectations for the kind of work/play I do with graphics programs.
If you still use Windows XP, I don't believe the touch function will work. You'll need Windows Vista or Windows 7 for sure. Do your research. My only gripe is that I have one dead pixel way off on the upper left corner but it's out of the way and extremely tiny (blue) that it doesn't bother me. I had to really look for it. Also, the base at the bottom is a little wobbly and cheap plastic but again, not a huge issue. The screen seems durable although I love that I don't have to use a lot of pressure. Also, I use a stylus with a soft plastic tip and it works great on the screen. I paid under $350 through a reseller here on Amazon. Shop around.
If Planar had a way to make this LED monitor pressure sensitive with a driver or something, these would fly off the shelf and be a Wacom Cintiq Killer. If pressure is still important to you and you don't mind dropping a grand, then def check out the Asus ET2410 touch screen PC (i5 6gigs ram).