If you are tired of using your keyboard and mouse to control your computer, you are not alone. In the past, keyboards and mice were the only way to interface with your computer.

The past few decades have seen a significant increase in touchscreen monitor demand. What touchscreens do is allow you to pass commands by touching the appropriate icons on the screen.

If you want to get touchscreens for your business, there are many considerations to make. This article shows you how to comb through the expanding universe of touchscreen sizes and technology and choose the best for your business.

Before Purchasing, Ask Yourself Some Questions

Before selecting the right monitor for your business, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How will your customers interact with technology?
  • Will you install the touchscreens in harsh environments such as restaurants where they will be exposed to spills?
  • Would a smaller or larger screen be more fitting for your needs?
  • Would you like a compact, all-in-one system to avoid cable clutter?

With answers to the above questions at hand, use the following parameters to find the perfect touchscreen.

Which Technology Does the Touchscreen Display Use?

There are different varieties of touch technologies. For example, some are resistive, while others are capacitive.

Here’s the difference:

Resistive Touchscreens

A resistive touchscreen display has a glass panel that is covered with a thin conductive metallic layer. On top of the screen layers, there is a compact space, which allows different layers to touch when the user’s finger presses on the screen.

The screen detects a change in the electrical field and determines the exact touch point. Resistive touchscreens are cheaper than capacitive touchscreens and commands on resistive monitors can be activated using gloves or a stylus.

Another benefit of resistive touchscreens is that they are affordable. The materials used in making them are inexpensive, hence their popularity.

Capacitive Touchscreens

In a capacitive touchscreen, an insulator and a conductor are paired. Our bodies do conduct electricity, so touching the screen results in a change in the electric field. The screen determines the location of the altered electric field. However, if the screen is to recognize a touch, you must use a bare finger or a specific stylus.

Typically, capacitive screens are expensive, though not significantly. The advantage of capacitive screens over resistive touchscreens is that the former has a longer lifespan.

But here’s the deal:

You should never use capacitive monitors in harsh environments like bars and restaurants, where the employees may use wet hands to operate the system. The screen will recognize the touch, but the screen will respond by moving the pointer somewhere else.

Capacitive Touch Screen Display Examples

Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW)

SAW touchscreen technology uses reflectors and transducers on the monitor’s glass plate sides to build a clear grid of ultrasonic waves on the glass surface.

Whenever you touch the glass,  it absorbs the wave. The transducer identifies the location of the touch and delivers data to the controller. The advantage of this technology is that there are no screen layers, which allows for high-definition graphics.

SAW-enabled screens can be activated by a finger, a soft-tip stylus or a gloved finger. One thing to note is that SAW screens are the most expensive. However, if contaminants are on the screen surface (like liquids or condensation), they can cause false triggers. If the pollutants are solid, the screen will not respond to the touch until the contaminants are removed.

Choose A Monitor of the Right Size

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Size is essential when choosing a touch screen monitor. You’ll discover that touchscreen monitors exist in a variety of sizes from just a few inches wide, while others are north of 52 inches.

Now:

You should choose a touchscreen monitor size based on its utility. If you want the screen in a conference room, a large touchscreen would be ideal. However, if you want the screen to be used by employees in small spaces, then go for smaller screens.

One thing to note is that you should get the largest possible screen for your desk space and available budget. You will always regret buying a monitor that is too small, but you will never regret buying a large monitor.

Choose the Right Size Monitor

Choosing the Best Aspect Ratio

The aspect ratio is another important consideration when selecting a touchscreen monitor. The aspect ratio is the ratio of the monitor’s width to its height. In the past, monitors primarily had a 4:3, while new screens have a 16:9 aspect ratio.

You can also choose from the array of available super-widescreen monitors with aspect ratios such as 21:9. Most of these models are curved, and most of them are 34-inches displays with less than 4K resolution.

How Much Can You Afford to Spend on a Single Screen?

Price is a critical consideration when selecting a touchscreen, especially for your business. You can get a touch screen from as little as $200 to as much as a few thousand dollars.

Here’s the deal:

Before buying a monitor, decide on how much you are ready to spend and stick to that. Otherwise, you may find yourself spending more money on a screen with features that you will never use.

Make Sure the Screen has all the Ports You Need

You should check to see the kinds of ports a touchscreen monitor has and their location. To connect any peripheral devices to the monitor, you will need the right ports.

It’s essential to think about the kinds of peripheral devices you will need before the purchase, to prevent sinking more funds into purchasing another touchscreen or interfaces that allow it to work with your peripherals.

Touchscreen monitors must communicate with your computer. So they at least should have USB and RS-232 interfaces. With the new HID-compliant touchscreen monitors, there is no need for drivers.

Make Sure You Have the Right Ports

Utility: What Do You Plan to Use Your Screen For?

Even though the price is an important consideration when buying a touchscreen monitor, it should take the back seat. Usability should always come first. You need to ask yourself who will use the screen, and where it will be placed. Will the screen be mounted on a panel mount, a rack or stand on its own?

We buy touch screens for their utility. However, the display can also give your restaurant a modern look and feel. Once you take this and all the above points into consideration, finding the ideal touchscreen for your business should be easy. If you are not sure, please reach out to us to get some recommendations.

Check the Screens in Person before Purchasing

It’s essential to see the screen in person before you make a purchase. You might find yourself going to buy a particular screen based on the specifications, only to change your mind when you physically see it.

Screens with similar sizes may look and feel smaller or bigger than each other. They may also be more reflective or dull than you expect. Some designs could make it impossible for you to reach the connectors.

Conclusion

Whether you are a restaurant owner or retailer, touchscreen monitors have many benefits. Using them is secure, and they display only as much data and buttons as you would like them to show. They can be used for many things, such as calculating bar tabs or purchases.

Even then, touchscreen monitors are likely to have different features, with some models excelling at certain operations more than others. This blog post has shown some of the most important considerations to keep in mind when getting a touchscreen display.

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