Two new, Windows 8 certified, touchscreen monitors from Acer

Windows 8 is bringing a whole new level of certification for OEMs and manufacturers that wish to ensure their hardware is Windows 8 certified. Acer America has announced the introduction of the Acer T2 series, Windows 8 compliant, monitors in the US and Canada.

The 23 inch T232HL and 27 inch T272HL both feature a 10 point multi-touch screen that will allow users to take advantage of the touch features of Windows 8. Acer has said:

The Acer T232HL and Acer T272HL displays were designed with the goal of maximizing the significant touch benefits of Windows 8," said Chris White, senior director of product marketing, Acer America. "Delivering premium technology in a sleek, modern and flexible design, these new displays provide users with a dynamic visual medium that users can enjoy for years to come.

Both monitors offer the following features:

  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution
  • IPS panel
  • 178 degree viewing angles
  • Three USB 3.0, charging capable, ports
  • VGA, DVI and HDMI connectivity
  • 5ms response time
  • 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio
  • Brightness of 250 cd/m2 (T232HL) and 300cd/m2 (T272HL)

With both monitors being nearly identically spec’d out, it will ultimately come down to cost or desk space that will swing the consumer in choosing between them. A major selling point is the 5ms response time, which will do a lot to appease the gamers who own 1ms or 2ms monitors considering a switch to an IPS panel.

The T232HL will be available from the Windows 8 launch date of October 26th for $499 (SRP), with the T272HL available from November for $699 (SRP). Both will be available from all leading retailers.

Source: Market Wire | Image courtesy of Acer

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Dashel said,
So, who wants to pay a $200/premium for touch support? Or would you rather just buy a slate device instead?

$200 premium? ****, you can get something like this without touch for $250 or less. I'm sure they'll go down in price later on, these are the first generation coming out now.

mrp04 said,

$200 premium? ****, you can get something like this without touch for $250 or less. I'm sure they'll go down in price later on, these are the first generation coming out now.

What we aren't getting:

1. The sheer size. This is over twice the size of the screen of a tablet (23" alone) - think tablet or slate display scaled UP - quality control is a bear.
2. First-generation IPS touch display. An IPS (but lacking touch) display of the same size is not much less - that makes touch a $50-100 (US dollars) upgrade.
3. Most touch displays (even for tablets and slates) aren't IPS - they are WVGA/QVGA or even TFT - most of which are worse in display quality than even TN at these sizes.

A comparable 23" IPS display is about a $200 difference ($300).

And bull****, the iPad is IPS so 'most' certainly are.

Dashel said,
A comparable 23" IPS display is about a $200 difference ($300).

And bull****, the iPad is IPS so 'most' certainly are.

I think this is a fair price. Most IPS screens on the desktop are not cheap. Perhaps you are referring to e-IPS?

In anycase, touch capabilities, IPS screen, seems pretty fairly priced.

An interesting price point. Its wierd that its priced so high. If a Win8 Tablet is priced at 600, why would you buy this monitor, when you could just buy a tablet and set it up as your PCs second monitor. Then you could use it as not just a touch screen monitor, but a wireless one.

greensabath said,
An interesting price point. Its wierd that its priced so high. If a Win8 Tablet is priced at 600, why would you buy this monitor, when you could just buy a tablet and set it up as your PCs second monitor. Then you could use it as not just a touch screen monitor, but a wireless one.

Because a tablet is 11.5" maybe? That's a quarter of the size of this thing! Plus, most tablets don't have video input ports and touch data output capability. You could do something over network but that wouldn't work well.

So, they connect with HDMI, and how does it interface? I work with this stuff a lot but this would be a first for me....

jimmyfal said,
So, they connect with HDMI, and how does it interface? I work with this stuff a lot but this would be a first for me....

USB Bridge connector back to the system's USB ports also sends data as a USB HID device

if it had the right kind of graphics card, HDMI also has ethernet support on the spec, could always send it through that back to the graphics card and process it as a DCI / HID interface

If somebody releases a 3D capable monitor at a size of 24" or above with touch capabilities like these and a nice smooth front, then I'm in

TCLN Ryster said,
If somebody releases a 3D capable monitor at a size of 24" or above with touch capabilities like these and a nice smooth front, then I'm in

Psh 3D is dead... well on the TV side its on life support

TCLN Ryster said,
If somebody releases a 3D capable monitor at a size of 24" or above with touch capabilities like these and a nice smooth front, then I'm in

There's the Lenovo B520, but that's a whole AIO computer and not just a monitor.

For a desktop, I personally don't think I will get a touch screen for Windows 8. I prefer to spend in a more bigger monitor and get a Surface or any other tablet for a touch device.

It would be great if OEM made small ones with touch support like 15" to use the start screen and see information like weather, news, social feeds etc while using your big screen for work, gaming or other purposes.

ajua said,
For a desktop, I personally don't think I will get a touch screen for Windows 8. I prefer to spend in a more bigger monitor and get a Surface or any other tablet for a touch device.

It would be great if OEM made small ones with touch support like 15" to use the start screen and see information like weather, news, social feeds etc while using your big screen for work, gaming or other purposes.

I could even see a 7 inch one that is just your start screen/ your mouse pad

ajua said,
For a desktop, I personally don't think I will get a touch screen for Windows 8. I prefer to spend in a more bigger monitor and get a Surface or any other tablet for a touch device.

It would be great if OEM made small ones with touch support like 15" to use the start screen and see information like weather, news, social feeds etc while using your big screen for work, gaming or other purposes.

The start screen doesn't work very well for that purpose. It doesn't stay open if you click on the desktop on another monitor. I personally don't care for touch on my desktop since it's so large but I know some people would use it.

ajua said,
For a desktop, I personally don't think I will get a touch screen for Windows 8. I prefer to spend in a more bigger monitor and get a Surface or any other tablet for a touch device.

You don't *have* to use a touch screen *as* a touch screen - if you have a TN display of the same size, the T233HL makes for a choice upgrade, even if you use it as a straight display. (For example, how much are IPS 23" displays with the D-Sub/DVI-D/HDMI options from anybody, let alone Acer? I bought my H233H.bmid three years ago for $200, and it's 1080p, but TN. Most IPS displays of the same size, with the same connectivity options, are still $400USD or more - without touch support.)
It would be great if OEM made small ones with touch support like 15" to use the start screen and see information like weather, news, social feeds etc while using your big screen for work, gaming or other purposes.

Im looking to get Windows 8 and have been looking into touch screen monitors as I can see myself using it. The current market for touch screen monitors is pretty small and most have deep bezels which make most of the gestures in Windows 8 redundant. wonder what the UK pricing would be for one of these.