Full HD Multi-touch TFT 21.5'' Monitor £199. 99 + 3YR Warranty @ Aldi from 25th March 2010 - HotUKDeals
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Full HD Multi-touch TFT 21.5'' Monitor £199. 99 each

* 55cm/21.5'' Multi-touch monitor
* Visible screen diagonal approx. 55cm
* Optical multi-touch sensor
* Dynamic contrast: 60,000:1
* Aspect ratio: 16:9
* Maximum resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
* Response time: 2ms (grey to grey, typ.)
* Contrast ratio: 1000:1 (typ.)
* Brightness: 300 cd/m2 (typ.)
* Viewing angle (CR>10) 170°/160° H/V (typ.)
* 2 built-in speakers
* Touch pen included for alternative text input method
* Connections: HDMI, DVI-D in, VGA in, Audio in, USB socket for touch function, AC socket
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#1
http://www.aldi.co.uk/uk/media/offers/01_10_week_12/Product_detail_Wk12T4.jpg
#2
not commenting on the price, but imo touchscreen technology is pants. especially with my mucky fingers.
#3
Saw this in their leaflet, at 1st glance looked a decent price for a 21.5" 1080p screen with HDMI/VGA/DVI inputs.
Touchscreen too!

But the proof of the pudding..........has anyone tried one? is the picture good and the touchcscreen??

I may be wrong but this may need USB dongle and software to enable touchscreen to function :
"USB socket for touch function"
#4
splatsplatsplat
not commenting on the price, but imo touchscreen technology is pants. especially with my mucky fingers.


Have to agree with you here mate,walked around PC world the other day and looked at the state of the display models,I don't understand the appeal of touchscreen,but then I'm not one of the perfect people with clean and dry fingers at all times!:p
#5
splatsplatsplat
not commenting on the price, but imo touchscreen technology is pants. especially with my mucky fingers.


To me it seems to be technology going backwards. I bet it gives you arm ache and your hand gets in the way of viewing. Can beet a nice mouse and wrist support.
#6
Most touchscreens I've used, including a Windows 7 multitouch compatible one, have a USB connection to your PC and look like a mouse to Windows.

Be careful with multitouch though, as some screens are supported by Windows 7 and others only support multitouch with their own software which is often very limited.
#7
Multitouch is great, but there are different levels of it. If it can track lots of fingers then it could be useful, but some are limited to how many fingers they can track.

Take a look at making a touchscreen from a wiimote if you want a much cheaper alternative.
#8
does anyone know if this has VESA wall mount holes?

Thanks...
#9
As stated by others and other than the novelty factor and perhaps for children (but then it would need to have an extra strong screen) i can't see the point of these either :?

Its alot easier and quicker with a decent mouse.
#10
Benjimoron
Multitouch is great, but there are different levels of it. If it can track lots of fingers then it could be useful, but some are limited to how many fingers they can track.

Take a look at making a touchscreen from a wiimote if you want a much cheaper alternative.


This is from a review for the Dell one which costs about double:

"It only supports two touch points-- some of the new games really require four. There are also applications available that support up to 10 so I can see this being an issue in the future. "

So I don't think this will do more than 2 fingers either which limits its use a little.



http://video.google.co.uk/videosearch?hl=en&source=hp&q=albatron%2021.5%22&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=fv#hl=en&source=hp&q=albatron+21.5%22&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=fv&view=3&qvid=albatron+21.5%22&vid=4379379301857203667

The top video on that may be this monitor, I'm not sure. It gives you an idea, although that one appears to be able to track lots of fingers which I don't think this one will.
#11
i was thinking about one of these for my disabled sons we currently have an iilayma touch screen crt and was looking to upgrade can any one tell me are they made with tuffened glass and please dont comment on spelling of name of crt i got
#12
michael mcnally
i was thinking about one of these for my disabled sons we currently have an iilayma touch screen crt and was looking to upgrade can any one tell me are they made with tuffened glass and please dont comment on spelling of name of crt i got


Aren't lcd screens more of a plastic type thing rather than glass?
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michael mcnally
i was thinking about one of these for my disabled sons we currently have an iilayma touch screen crt and was looking to upgrade can any one tell me are they made with tuffened glass and please dont comment on spelling of name of crt i got


you mean iiyama.
#14
seems like a damn good deal to me.
#15
michael mcnally
i was thinking about one of these for my disabled sons we currently have an iilayma touch screen crt and was looking to upgrade can any one tell me are they made with tuffened glass and please dont comment on spelling of name of crt i got


Unfortunately, flatscreens tend not to be made with hard screens like CRT monitors are. There are some, but they're fairly specialised and it would probably say in the title. A touchscreen might have a harder screen than your average LCD screen due to the touch element, but it won't be anywhere near like a CRT.
#16
had a play around with an acer touch screen 23" pc today running windows 7 in comet or currys today
picture was awesome and very responsive, the screen didnt bend in when i pressed it sure it felt like plastic or glass and was no fingerprints on it, and it was this one here
http://nexus404.com/Blog/2009/10/14/acer-debuts-aspire-z5610-touchscreen-all-in-one-desktop-pc-23-acer-aspire-z5610-u9072-aio-computer-runs-windows-7-has-full-hd-multitouch-display/
looks a good deal to me, i assume it will have a 3 year warranty as its from aldi
#17
how else will a touch screen work without a USB connection? :S
#18
this monitor would be pain in a bright room in less you have really dark room 2000 or 4000 DPI mouse i prefer to use i can't see me playing battlefield bad company 2 with a touch screen :roll: i just brought nice monitor from ebuyer Philips 23" full HD HDMI £148 looks great blu-ray and a 5850
#19
Sounds good, but be honest... 5 mins after using it and getting aching feeling in your bingo wings, you'll be back using the mouse.
#20
Friend of mine needs to setup a kiosk in his shop, will let him know about this deal, cheers OP. Wonder if the screen is toughened at all?
#21
michael mcnally
i was thinking about one of these for my disabled sons we currently have an iilayma touch screen crt and was looking to upgrade can any one tell me are they made with tuffened glass and please dont comment on spelling of name of crt i got


Yeah you can get LCD screens with hard glass front, I got one for use in a exhibition. This one has no mention of hard glass but it will withstand "general /normal" use and be stronger than normal LCD screens. Not sure if your disabled son might need a extra strong screen depending on his use, you would know best.
#22
nice.... although i wouldn't find it useful for a pc.... more convertable laptop-tablet where it's more practical....

ever since the iphone multitouch capacitice touchscreen interface... touch has reaLLY taken off.... althopugh imo they should concentrate on the mobile laptop/tablet market.

this deal will be useful for a few people
#23
The description says "Optical Multitouch Sensor". This is not capacitive like people are used to with the iPhone etc - hence the option of using a stylus. I don't think it's as good as the capacitive ones but it's still a very good price for what it is!
#24
Nellster
you mean iiyama.


We all know what he meant, you pillock
#25
My Doctor's Surgery uses a touch screen to sign in rather than go to the desk.

In some bars you can order drinks.

Shopping centres and displays such as Asda use them for photo prints.

Great commercial apps. but limited home use.

Even if you were using an app. for playing back music/video such as MS windows media Center a remote is still better.

Not much good for my projector 10 foot display until we get gesture technology.
#26
Waste of money for home use!!

I fit and use touchscreens at work all the time, they can be unreliable, but more importantly to do anything quickly you WILL go back to using a mouse
#27
I use 2 touchscreens on my PC based virtual organ :) As for the touchscreen vs mouse debate, yes, it is good to point it out to people as they really aren't suitable for web browsing etc etc, but if you do want a touchscreen for a specific purpose, then this looks like a very good price, so HOT from me.
#28
I think the key question really is whether this Aldi model is Windows 7 multitouch compatible or not. Since it doesn't say so, I'd guess not. Thus, even for those looking for a touch screen I'd advise against since it'll be much less compatible software and support wise.

I believe Packard Bell have a touch screen model for under £300 that is Win 7 certified, if that helps.
#29
gingercat
I use 2 touchscreens on my PC based virtual organ :) As for the touchscreen vs mouse debate, yes, it is good to point it out to people as they really aren't suitable for web browsing etc etc, but if you do want a touchscreen for a specific purpose, then this looks like a very good price, so HOT from me.


I'd look into this monitor before buying as I think you'd only be able to play 2 notes simultaneously on your virtual organ :) Optical multitouch is simply dual touch I think (though I'm happy to be proved otherwise!).

Still hot from me though as the price is good!
#30
Gatecra5her
I'd look into this monitor before buying as I think you'd only be able to play 2 notes simultaneously on your virtual organ :) Optical multitouch is simply dual touch I think (though I'm happy to be proved otherwise!).

Still hot from me though as the price is good!


That's what I thought for the price, only 2 touches. And as you say, this uses optical touch recognition so it's effectively seeing your fingers close to the screen using cameras. I think the problem comes in that if you use more than 2 fingers there would be spots where it wouldn't be able to work out where your fingers were due to one finger blocking the other etc.

Certainly a cheaper way of doing the technology, but probably not the best.
#31
Sounds a good deal to me but touchscreen def' takes a bit of getting used to. I have an HP touchsmart laptop and I hardly ever use the touchscreen - just find it easier, more comfortable, to use a wireless mouse. It's nice to have but quite limited for home use.
#32
Optical sensing doesn't limit you to two touch points, as such, it's just a different way to implement a touch screen. In fact a number of capacitive screens (the more common technology) only support two points of contact.

I believe Microsoft's Surface is optical and that supports many touch points (just see the video demos).
#33
adam.mt
Optical sensing doesn't limit you to two touch points, as such, it's just a different way to implement a touch screen. In fact a number of capacitive screens (the more common technology) only support two points of contact.

I believe Microsoft's Surface is optical and that supports many touch points (just see the video demos).


Microsoft surface has 4 cameras behind the screen, this has cameras in the bevel which means that you could get problems with fingers overlapping?
#34
agree with the specialist use comments. Where there's a fit, this is very useful.

My Doctor's Surgery uses a touch screen to sign in rather than go to the desk.


mine too, I've often wondered just how hygenic it is to have all these sick people touching the same thing over and over (especially as the section where the 'start' button is will be full of sticky horrible germ things)
#35
For music playback at home, I can see the potential of one of these. Have a small PC discreetly hidden away, pointing at all your music library, stored either locally or on a NAS, and the screen could become a slick music browsing/playback device. Better than a mouse/keyboard in a living room area.

If there's one with an IR built-in receiver, then that would be even better.
#36
Wonder if XBMC can be controlled via Touchscreen with one of these then that would make an awesome media experience
#37
Gatecra5her
I'd look into this monitor before buying as I think you'd only be able to play 2 notes simultaneously on your virtual organ :) Optical multitouch is simply dual touch I think (though I'm happy to be proved otherwise!).

Still hot from me though as the price is good!


Ta, yes, I just use touchscreens for stop selection, not as a keyboard replacement. Not looking to buy any more... for now :)
#38
Sulphur Man
For music playback at home, I can see the potential of one of these. Have a small PC discreetly hidden away, pointing at all your music library, stored either locally or on a NAS, and the screen could become a slick music browsing/playback device. Better than a mouse/keyboard in a living room area.

If there's one with an IR built-in receiver, then that would be even better.


That's what I might be tempted for. New Kitchen this year - stick one of these in on a wall with an Acer Revo hidden away with muchos MP3s and link it out to my mini Onkyo hifi..... mmm...

I think I need to do some more research.
#39
I'm interested in this purely for mixing music. Just to be able to keep it in my lap and adjust the one/two faders or adjust plugin settings. I think it'd be very useful. Btw, people here haven't mentioned you can use a pen instead of your fingers. It's on the picture from the OP.
#40
Just picked one of these up so any questions - fire away!

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