Best Touchscreen Monitors in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 11, 2018
Today, most digital devices we use in our lives have a handy touch screen. Computer monitors are no exception because this technology makes using a PC as easy as never before. Take a look at our brand-new touch screen monitor review and pick the best one! ...Read more ...Read less
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ERGONOMICS
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PROS

The Gechic 1503i comes with a magnetic stand which allows adjusting its tilt level manually making the monitor very flexible. The monitor fits in any laptop bag, which makes its transportation convenient and hassle-free. 

CONS

Response time is quite long.

OUR VERDICT

If you've been searching for a monitor with convenient touchscreen control, there's hardly a better option than the Gechic 1503i. Being an exact analog of a 15.6" tablet, this touchscreen monitor will give you access to all those features and functions that were not accessible to you before.

detailed parameters
SCREEN SIZE

15.6 inches

RESOLUTION

1920 x1080 pixels

PANEL TYPE

TFT IPS LCD (with LED backlight)

RESPONSE TIME

12.5 ms

FREQUENCY

60 Hz

MAX. VIEWING ANGLES (H/V)

80°/80°

CONTRAST RATIO

700 : 1 (typical)

BRIGHTNESS

250 cd/m²

CONNECTIVITY

1 x Headphone out, 1 x Micro-HDMI, 1 x VGA (Optional), 1 x USB(C), 1 x Rear Dock Port (Optional)

ERGONOMICS

Magnetic component, detachable stand for height adjustment — 52°, 62°, and 72°

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

This Acer 27-inch touch screen monitor boasts a scratch-resistant display with outstanding brightness /contrast ratio. Compatible with Mac OS. Uses branded EcoDisplay technology which allows it to consume much less energy than many other touchscreen monitors do.

CONS

No headphones output on the housing.

OUR VERDICT

This large monitor combines top-notch image quality characteristics and user-friendly ergonomics. It will be a good acquisition for all users that are seriously involved in the art of drawing as well as those who simply look out for a monitor with great colour rendering. 

detailed parameters
SCREEN SIZE

27 inches

RESOLUTION

1920 x 1080 pixels

PANEL TYPE

VA

RESPONSE TIME


5 ms


FREQUENCY

60 Hz

MAX. VIEWING ANGLES (H/V)

178°/178°

CONTRAST RATIO

100 million : 1 (dynamic)

BRIGHTNESS

300 cd/m²

CONNECTIVITY

1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI, 1 x VGA, 3x USB 3.0

ERGONOMICS

Tilt angle: 10° — 60°, VESA Mounting: 100 x 100mm

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

By decreasing the dimensions of the monitor, Hanns.G increased the usable space of the screen making it look almost frameless. The display was fitted additionally with a built-in DisplayPort allowing its connection with external devices without using any adapters. 

CONS

Colour rendering and viewing angles are slightly inferior to the other models.

OUR VERDICT

Should you need a budget monitor with decent specs and performance, look no further than the HT225HPB monitor. It's ideal both for work and for family entertainment. Touchscreen control panel located on the front side of the screen makes it very user-friendly. 

detailed parameters
SCREEN SIZE

21.5 inches

RESOLUTION

1920 x 1080 pixels

PANEL TYPE

TFT LCD

RESPONSE TIME

7 ms

FREQUENCY

55 to 76 Hz

MAX. VIEWING ANGLES (H/V)

178°/178°

CONTRAST RATIO

1000 : 1 (typical)

BRIGHTNESS

250 cd/m²

CONNECTIVITY

1 x VGA, 1 x Display Port (V1.2a), 1 x HDMI (V1.3) (Compatible with HDMI 1.4), 1 x PC Audio line in

ERGONOMICS

Tilt angle: 15°~ 70°, VESA Mounting: 100 x 100mm

WARRANTY

3 years

PROS

The T2735MSC-B2 screen has an improved AMVA panel ensuring wider and better viewing angles. It comes fitted with a built-in webcam so you do not need to purchase one additionally. 

CONS

Can't be used as a laptop.

OUR VERDICT

The T2735MSC-B2 is good for all those who need a monitor both for office and for home use and want it to be not only productive but also well-protected. As it uses the screen with the implemented 7H glass technology, you can be sure that it won't break or get scratches upon collision with a hard object. 

detailed parameters
SCREEN SIZE

27 inches

RESOLUTION

1920 x 1080

PANEL TYPE

AMVA+ (with LED backlight)

RESPONSE TIME

5 ms

FREQUENCY

55 - 75 Hz

MAX. VIEWING ANGLES (H/V)

178°/178°

CONTRAST RATIO

3000 : 1 (typical)

BRIGHTNESS

300 cd/m²

CONNECTIVITY

1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, 1 x HDMI (MHL), 1 x Headphone connector, 1 x USB hub (UP): 2 x USB 3.0 (DOWN), 1 x USB (touch), USB 3.0

ERGONOMICS

Tilt angle: 15° — 70°, VESA mounting: 100 x 100 mm

WARRANTY

2 years, (3 years if registered)

PROS

ViewSonic touch screen computer monitor applies Eco-mode to decrease energy consumption and prolong the lifespan of the backlighting. Featuring the SRS Premium Sound speakers, the display provides clear and loud sound. 

CONS

Comparatively low brightness.

OUR VERDICT

Despite a low price tag, this touch screen computer monitor offers the benefits of a large screen and multi-touch technology. If you need a multi-functional gadget that won't break your bank, this monitor is your best bet. 

detailed parameters
SCREEN SIZE

22 inches

RESOLUTION

1920 x 1080 pixels

PANEL TYPE

TN (with LED backlight)

RESPONSE TIME

5 ms

FREQUENCY

50~76 Hz

MAX. VIEWING ANGLES (H/V)

170º / 160°

CONTRAST RATIO

20 million : 1 (dynamic), 1000 : 1 (typical)

BRIGHTNESS

200 cd/m²

CONNECTIVITY

VGA, DVI (HDCP), D-sub, 2 x USB Type A, 1 x USB Type B, 3.5 audio port

ERGONOMICS

Tilt angle: 10° — 20°, VESA mounting: 100 x 100 mm

WARRANTY

3 years

Gechic 1503i

Multifunctional and Affordable

The Gechic 1503i is an adopting advanced projective capacitive touchscreen monitor that is one of the better options on the market when it comes to prompt and accurate touch response. The touch screen supports 10 fingers multi-touch and Windows 8.1/10 touch gestures. You can drag, flip, tap, and even draw with a stylus or use your fingers to make your work with images and photo editors easier and more convenient. Thanks to the micro-HDMI, VGA, and mini DisplayPort inputs, the Gechic 1503i can be used with a large variety of peripheral devices. This device gives you the ability to plug the model into both Mac and Windows-based computers. It also can be operated as a secondary screen or with Xbox One or PS4 console.

Detachable stand provides three display angles - 52°, 62°, and 72° giving you the ability to easily choose the convenient position. The rigid protective cover is thicker and harder now compared to previous models, so it prevents device's screen from any physical harm.

Review of Gechic 1503i Touchscreen Monitor

Unique and Expended

This portable monitor is not just slim and light, it also features an excellent expandability. The 1503I fits the unique Rear Dock so it combines the signal, system connection, and power wires together into the rear side. The Gechic 1503i has an IPS panel that features up to 16.7 million colours with a brightness rate of 250 cd/m², and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 making it a proper Full HD display. All the side port cables make it easy to reach and connect the device while the HDMI and VGA support makes it more versatile. The connector of 30 pins helps to hide the cables behind the monitor. Which is really useful, if you prefer to have your workspace clean.

On Lap 1503I with Full HD and 16:9 IPS panel brings you a bright picture as well as exquisite colour. With the help of Intel® Compute Stick to Rear Dock of On-Lap 1503I, you can set up a small portable computer, just like a 15" tablet PC. Rear Dock is designed with magnet part which makes it a really mobile monitor. Paste a metal plate on your 5V-2A output power bank and you can adjust the power bank to the Rear Dock to start up 1503I rapidly. Also, you can share movies, TV shows and music from a laptop or smartphone at the same time, if you are connected to Chromebox or Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter. Wireless broadcast allows you to watch your favourite movies or shows anywhere. And despite all these amazing specs, the model is still relatively affordable. So by purchasing this touchscreen monitor, you side with the users that have chosen quality for a reasonable price.

Gechic 1503i Touchscreen Monitor in the use

Additional Info

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Acer T272HL

Features and Specifications

The Acer T272HL monitor features a 10-point touchscreen, meaning it is capable of supporting up to 10 simultaneous touching points. This kind of structure suits perfectly for image editing in your favourite photo editor. This monitor model supports Windows and Mac OS computers, making it a great choice for a large variety of customers. This Acer monitor has a 27-inch 16:9 display and the Full HD 1920x1080 pixels resolution thus guaranteeing the highest quality of the picture. Images are flawless from all perspectives, thanks to the wide viewing angle technology. Movies appear truly magical on the T2 Series' displays with the WQHD resolution, which is up to four times higher than the standard HD. The viewing angles allow you to watch your favourite movies from any corner of the room. It's also possible to mount the monitor on a wall, thus allowing you to place the Acer T272HL easily in some of the tightest spaces.
Review of Acer T272HL Touch Screen Widescreen Monitor

Ergonomics and Connectivity

Multiple ports make it possible to connect this monitor to almost any device. You will be able to find a digital DVI port, analog VGA, and HDMI ones, and also you will find three high-speed USB 3.0 ports to connect any of your devices, like a keyboard, mouse etc. Built-in speakers will allow you to listen to your favourite music and make it possible to watch any movie without a set of headphones. You can hook up game consoles, video players and a variety of different devices to this monitor. MHL® support allows you to play media on the monitor from your smartphone.

Models equipped with USB 3.0 can broadcast files extremely fast and make it really convenient to charge other devices. This monitor is a modern-looking one with an ergonomic design. The scratch-resistance glass will provide a necessary peace of mind when it comes to protection. The stand will provide you with the ability to tilt the monitor to any angle that is comfortable for you - between 10° and 60°.

Acer T272HL Touch Screen Widescreen Monitor in the use

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Hanns.G HT225HPB

Specifications and Features

With 1920x1080 Full HD resolution and Projective Capacitive 10 point touch technology, the Hanns.G supplies you with a very competitive device. Featuring Ultra-Wide Viewing Angle LED-backlight LCD screen technology, it offers you an exclusive colour performance and good viewing angles. Perfect for both work and home usage, the HT225HPB is a good choice if you need a versatile and high-quality multi-touch monitor. The precise and accurate multi-touch display that allows up to 10 simultaneous touches can be used with Windows 8, 8.1 and 10. You don't need any additional buttons or controllers - just touch the screen. Also, the device will be able to show additional productivity on Windows 10. Projected Capacitive Touch provides you with a smooth display feel. And thanks to the glass overlay, the screen is well protected from dirt, liquid spills, dust etc.

Review of Hanns.G HT225HPB Touchscreen Monitor

Ultra wide viewing angles

The HT225HPB features a 16:9 aspect ratio LED-backlit panel with a 178° ultra-wide view angle that decreases colour shift on planes to guarantee quality visuals from almost any direction. This monitor has a 178°(H) / 178°(V) wide viewing angle in a Full HD panel that liquidates colour shear from any direction and at nearly every angle. The HT225HPB can be used both for chatting with friends and for playing your favourite video games. Hanns.G comes equipped with stereo speakers, which sound like a modern high-quality stereo system, so it eliminates the need for additional external speakers.

Hanns.G HT225HPB Touchscreen Monitor in the use

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iiyama T2735MSC-B2

Display Features

The Iiyama ProLite T2735MSC-B2 27" monitor is a Full HD model that features AMVA+ technology and a 10-point touch capability. The stand allows placing it horizontally, so it can be used like a big tablet. The T2735MSC uses a glass coating that protects the device from liquid spills, dust, and any undesirable screen impact. The touchscreen is rated to a 7H scratch-resistant hardness, which is well-known and common in the production of modern touch screens. High transmittance is a very important feature of a touchscreen and Iiyama's got a quoted 87 percent, which is a much higher than average mark. It also would be quite remiss of us not to mention the 100mm Vesa mount on the back, which makes it easier to mount the device on a wall.

Review of iiyama T2735MSC-B2 Touchscreen Monitor

Specifications

The Iiyama has a 1920x1080-resolution 27 inches diagonal panel. There are two built-in 2W speakers that manage to present a surprisingly adequate quality for 2W ones. And talking about connectivity, the Iiyama has two regular USB 3.0 ports, input for audio, headphone connector, VGA, HDMI, and DVI. AMVA+ manages to fix the problems of earlier technologies, especially when it comes to colour washout and provides a more comfortable viewing experience to the user. The monitor stands out in terms of picture and durability, so it's worthy of its price and if you need a top touchscreen monitor, this one will not disappoint you.

iiyama T2735MSC-B2 Touchscreen Monitor in the use

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ViewSonic TD2220 TD-Series

Display Features and Specifications

The model's size is 22 inches. The display has a Full HD resolution, meeting the modern standards for monitors. Full HD is good for playing your favourite games or watching your favourite movies in high resolution. The TN panel of this monitor provides a 5 ms response time and the viewing angles of 170° (H) / 160° (V). This PC monitor's display lineament is a dual-point optical touch that makes the rotation and in/out zoom of images accurate and smooth. Scratch-resistance glass is a good addition to this device, which is optimized for Windows 8.

Review of ViewSonic TD2220 TD-Series Dual-Point Touch Screen

Connectivity and ergonomics

This monitor is supplied with a lot of different connectivity types. VGA, DVI (HDCP), D-sub, 2 x USB Type A and USB Type B ports make it versatile in usage with all of the modern devices, if you need to plug in external hard drives, flash drives, and devices like keyboards and computer mice. You can also connect external audio devices via a standard 3.5mm jack plug, but 2-Watt internal speakers will provide you with a decent sound quality and allow you to save some money (if you were planning on buying a full-sized sound system). You can mount this touchscreen PC monitor on a wall using 100x100 mm VESA brackets.

This monitor's model is ergonomically designed and it looks very refined, not to mention the fact that it is highly convenient one due to the option to tilt it 5° forward and 20° backward, thus allowing you to adjust the display to whatever position you prefer.

ViewSonic TD2220 TD-Series Dual-Point Touch Screen in the use

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What Is a Touchscreen Monitor?

There are lots of computer monitors on the market today, varying from special gaming displays to cutting-edge curved monitors. However, the release of the latest Windows OS such as 8, 8.1, and 10 made it possible to enjoy touch screen even on PC monitors. Thanks to this technology, any user can interact with Windows (or any other supported OS) really fast and without a need for a mouse or keyboard. It's now possible to switch between apps within a second owing to touch screen LED monitors, and you can imagine how easy watching movies is! Moreover, a touch screen monitor for computer makes it a real pleasure to draw pictures, particularly kids adore this option.

You are also welcome to read our comparison of conventional computer monitors. And if you need a computer monitor mainly for watching movies, make sure to pick one of the best curved computer monitors from this selection.

What Features to Compare

There are many touch screen monitor reviews on the web. We've decided to make it simple and compared the best touch screen computer monitors by the essential features only.

The first feature you should consider when choosing a touch screen monitor for computer is the Touch Screen Features of every device. There are 2 major types of LCD monitor touch screen technologies used in monitors and other gadgets - resistive and capacitive. Resistive panels are already obsolete - they don't support multi-touch, they react to any object, etc. That's why the vast majority of today's touch screen monitors are based on capacitive panels that are much better: they react only to your hands, support multitouch (which allows using a virtual keyboard, zoom images in and out, etc.). Of course, you should check if the monitor is certified by Microsoft. If it is, you can be sure it's fully compatible with one of the latest Windows versions. Keep in mind that uncertified monitors might be incompatible with Windows. Also, some people want to use Mac OS based computers with touch screen monitors. If you are one of them, be sure to pick the monitor which is fully compatible with the latest versions of Mac OS.

The next step you should make is to check the Display Specifications or, in other words, all the crucial features of the screen itself. The first of them is the screen size - a large monitor with a diagonal of 27 inches is considered to be the best for comfortable and versatile use. Such monitors usually support at least Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), while some of them support the resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, so there will be no granularity on the screen. The image quality heavily depends on the technology used in a panel. We recommend you to pick a monitor with an IPS or VA panel, which provides excellent image quality, wide viewing angles, quick response time, high contrast ratio, etc.

Also, don't forget to pay attention to Connectivity options. It's always an advantage for an owner if a monitor has lots of slots and ports, so you can connect it to nearly any PC unit. For example, the best monitors have the following ports: HDMI, VGA, DVI, and Display port. All of them allow you to connect a tablet or a projection device, for example. Having at least 1 USB port is also important; this option allows you to use a monitor as a hub, to charge your gadgets, and so on. Also, the most multifunctional computer monitors have built-in speakers and a camera, so you don't need to buy them for video calls, conferences, etc.

Finally, you should check the Ergonomics. The casing of the monitor should be durable enough - you will touch the screen every day, so you might accidentally flip the device over. Next, any touch screen monitor must be comfortable in use, so find out to what degree you can tilt it. No need to say, it's far easier to use such a screen if it's in a horizontal position. Also, some people like to attach their computer monitor to a wall, and that's when a VESA mount comes in handy. Most monitors have VESA mount support, though some models have a built-in mount.

Did you know?

A brief history of touchscreen technology

-The first touchscreen (or, at least, what historians consider to be the first touchscreen) had been invented by E.A. Johnson at the Royal Radar Establishment, Malvern, UK, around 1965 - 1967. E.A. Johnson published the article in 1968 and it contained a full description of the touchscreen technology for air traffic control.

-Later, in 1971, Sam Hurst (founder of Elographics), who has been working as an instructor at the University of Kentucky, developed a "touch sensor". He called this sensor the "Elograph" and later The University of Kentucky Research Foundation patented it. The "Elograph" didn't look like modern touchscreens nowadays look and it was not very transparent, however, it was a significant step in this field, especially in touchscreen technology in particular. In 1974, the first true touch screen incorporating a transparent surface came on the scene developed by Sam Hurst and Elographics.

-In 1977, Elographics developed and patented a resistive touchscreen technology. In 1977, Siemens Corporation collaborated with Elographics and financed research of the first curved glass touch sensor interface, which became the first true "touch screen" and this device was called as a "touch screen" for the first time. But later, in 1994, February 24, the company decided to change its name from Elographics to Elo TouchSystems.

IBM and Apple rivalry

A couple dozens of years later, the results of different kinds of research on this subject appeared, so the nineties introduced handheld touchscreen technology. In 1993, Apple released the Newton PDA, supplied with handwriting recognition; and IBM made an effort to surpass Apple and released "Simon", that's how they called their first smartphone, which was equipped with a calendar, a notepad, and fax function, and a touchscreen interface that allowed users to dial phone numbers.

Modern days

In the 2000th, this technology appeared to us in more familiar form. Microsoft introduced the Windows XP Tablet edition in 2002. That's how they started their entry into touch technology. However, you could say that the increase in popularity of touchscreen smartphones defined the 2000s. Later, in 2007, Apple introduced the new kind of smartphones, when they claimed to reinvent the phone, and so the world was introduced to iPhone, with nothing but touchscreen technology. In 2011, Microsoft collaborated with manufacturers like Samsung and produced tabletop Surface hardware. Samsung SUR40 is a good example of that. It has a 40-inch 1080p LED and it radically reduced the amount of internal space required for the touch sensing mechanisms. At 22-inches thick, it was thinner than its predecessors, and the size reduction made it possible to mount the display on a wall.

FAQ:

Q: Can I use this with a PS4 or other console?
A: It depends on your monitor model, but most of the modern touch screens are supplied with connectivity ports that fit game consoles. So Xbox and PS4 players can enjoy their favourite games on touch screens.

Q: Can you draw on it? (Not professional drawing, more like annotating)
A: Yes, but only using the right drawing apps. Browse the right app, download it and enjoy your drawing and annotation. Nowadays the app market can offer you a lot of different drawing apps for professionals, amateurs and for those, who want to learn to draw.

Q: Will the monitor work with Windows 10?
A: Yes, it will. All the 2015-2017 monitors work with Windows 10. If the monitor is a couple years elder you'll have to find the right drivers. Moreover, some of the modern models are even more productive on Windows 10. Just check out specs and view of the monitor model you're going to buy.

Q: What power source is required?
A: The monitor will be supplied with a power lead that can be connected to a standard UK socket. If you have some power supply troubles, please, contact support service at your convenience.

Q: Would this be good for making animation and drawing?
A: Depends on the resolution, but mostly it is excellent, so it will certainly be good for making animation and drawing. You can check out some special apps, it will make drawing much more efficient.

Q: Will this work with cubase and other like music software with sliders and knobs?
A: Yes - it will work with any app you'd use a mouse in, however, how it works depends to some extent on the operating system as well as the app. Windows 10 fully supports the multitouch interface beautifully and you can run pretty well touch-only. Mac OS X works well, however, it's not touch-optimised like Windows 10 and some controls expect you to operate like a mouse. And you have to check is your screen Mac OS-friendly. The application also matters, so if it doesn't support things like knobs which "turn" you'll still be limited to the "mouse" action. On the mac I've found it very useful with Logic Audio - it's faster to press on-screen buttons than move the mouse/trackpad to them and click, but not all the monitors are compatible with Mac OS.

Sources:

1. Florence Ion From touch displays to the Surface: A brief history of touchscreen technology, ARS Technica.

2. Touchscreen monitor, Consumer Reports. July 2013.

3. Touchscreen, Wikipedia.

4. Touchscreens or Human Machine Interface (HMI), EngineersGarage.

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Publish Date: 2017-11-28 10:23:24