Targus announces Touch Pen for any Windows 8 PC

You may like or you may hate the "Modern" UI in Windows 8, but there's one thing that's very clear; it was made for touchscreens first and foremost. Yes, you can still use a keyboard and mouse with the user interface but there's no denying that your fingers are the best way to use Windows 8 when you interact with an app or the Start screen.

But what if you have upgraded your old PC to Windows 8, or you simply bought a new Windows 8 desktop or notebook without a touchscreen? You still have to deal with the "Modern" UI. Enter Targus, which announced this week plans to offer a Touch Pen that connects to a non-touchscreen PC and enables its users to better interact with the "Modern" interface.

Maximum PC reports that the Targus Touch Pen uses a receiver that connects to a PC (presumably via a USB port) and allows the pen to "touch" any PC monitor so people can better interact with the new Windows 8 UI. Targus says that the pen won't need any extra software to be installed.

The device won't be out until the second quarter of 2013 and it will cost about $100 when it does arrive. Yes, that's a bit pricy and you have to decide for yourself if you want to go this route or perhaps use a software solution such as Start8, Pokki or RetroUI that costs little to nothing to download and use.

Source: Maximum PC | Image via Targus

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I don't like the idea of poking my monitor with a pen, a monitor which was never designed to be prodded on a regular basis like that.

TurboShrimp said,
Reach over my keyboard to touch my monitor no thank you

Invader Zim had no problem doing it. Are you questioning Zim?

not sure who invader zim is but i tried a few times today and my arm got really tired reaching over my desk to put finger prints all over my screen.

You still have to deal with the "Modern" UI.

Now we are getting to the root of all of John's articles where he scours the web to find anything negative about Win8. To him, Win8 is to be dealt with, an OS to fight against rather than use.

nohone said,

Now we are getting to the root of all of John's articles where he scours the web to find anything negative about Win8. To him, Win8 is to be dealt with, an OS to fight against rather than use.

Well he doesn't have to look very hard to find negativity about windows 8.

Holey naysayers batman.

I for one LOVE stylus on my PC. Have ever since Tablet PC edition 2005.
The only gripe I have about the SurfaceRT was the lack of digitizer/stylus.

I really want this on WinRT.

Great idea, not one I'll likely ever buy, but good to see new products like this. I think the new ASUS motion thingy is the way to go for me though...M$ had such an opportunity with kinect and just dragged their feet for YEARS...

How is this different from the Pen and Tablet laptops that have been around for years? Does this one actually interpret the input as touch and not just a mouse cursor?

thats Targus. always overpriced cheap stuff. I'd simply assume they'd find a monitor layer to put over the screen. this sounds more like Duck Hunt (NES style)

"that's a bit pricy and you have to decide for yourself if you want to go this route or perhaps use a software solution such as Start8, Pokki or RetroUI that costs little to nothing to download and use."

Or just use the new UI with a mouse/keyboard as is easily done without without a new input device or without adding a app to disable a feature of Windows 8. Still think people have overhyped a change that is really not that difficult to get used to. Having used each version of Windows from XP through 7 on the release date of each (or earlier in case of betas/previews), I can't see using Windows 7's (or earlier) start menu. Be it on a tablet with touch support or a non-touch notebook/desktop, when using desktop apps it is just a gigantic start menu that is there when I need to launch an app and gone when I don't need it. Just like the start menus of old.

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