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Works (Almost) Great! Here's The Very First Review!
on May 24, 2013
Having upgraded my computer from Windows 7 to 8 on October 28, 2012, I enjoyed the new features and layout of Windows 8 but thought I needed to add touch capability to enjoy it even more. I was set on purchasing the Targus Touch Pen ever since I watched that product unveiled in a video online, but then found this Touch Pen, from EFUN, to be less expensive ($20 less) and more widely-available (as of this writing, the Targus one hasn't been released widely). Since the product is so new, there weren't any reviews of it here on Amazon or anywhere, except for a few videos on YouTube.
Anyway, I took the plunge and purchased the product and I'm here to report that it WORKS! Installation was easy and quick, the product looks like it should last a while, and it works great on Windows 8 Start page and on the Touch-designed games and apps. My computer is the 17-inch Dell Inspiron and it's almost unbelievable that touch capabilities could be added so easily. However, where the product fails to work great is in the desktop mode of applications. I have noticed a lag and a general lack of responsiveness when, for example, scrolling up/down web pages on Chrome or doing so in a Word document. At first, I thought my computer was running something in the background and had become slow, but as soon as I switched back to the touch-designed apps/games and to the Windows 8 START screen, the pen came back to being responsive and functional.
Battery life is stated to be about 500 hours (it uses two SR41 batteries), and the pen comes with a 90-day warranty. This pen works on monitors of 17-inch and smaller, but a newer version that will work with bigger screens is expected to be released soon.
In conclusion, if you'd like to easily and cheaply add touch capability to your computer, then I highly recommend this pen. It makes playing games easier and navigation on the START page becomes more intuitive. However, the pen doesn't work too well on the desktop mode of apps/browsers and it's an added cost that's not really needed in order to use Windows 8 (a mouse/keyboard setup would be fine if you just browse the web).