Best external touchscreen monitors of 2018

Touch displays can commonly be found on laptops these days, but adding the ability to use your hands with a desktop PC is a bit different. The market of external touch monitors is understandably not enormous, but there are some great options to choose from if you'd like an extrernal touchscreen, which I've rounded up here.

Dell P2418HT

This 23.8-inch touch monitor from Dell (about $320) supports 10-point gestures for handling Windows 10, it has almost no bezel at all for a beautiful wide picture, and the stand allows the screen to stand up straight or lay back depending on the task at hand.

This display has a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution (FHD), an IPS panel for wide viewing angles, and an anti-glare coating cuts down on annoying flashes of light if you're working in a sunlit office. Ports include USB-A 3.0, HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA, and the monitor can be VESA mounted with the appropriate hardware.

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Acer T272HL

Sometimes 24 inches won't do, in which case the 27-inch Acer T272HL (starting at about $490) might do the trick. It's available in either 1080p or 1440p, and it supports 10 points of touch so that you can get the most out of Windows 10 gestures. The bezels are thicker than those on other touch displays, but they are seamless so that your finger doesn't hit an edge.

This monitor is thin, it has an interesting stand that doesn't take up a lot of space on your desk, and you can connect with either VGA or HDMI.

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ViewSonic TD2740

With integrated speakers and a built-in webcam along the top of the display, ViewSonic's TD2740 touch display (about $560) almost seems more like a 27-inch tablet than PC monitor. Its resolution is set at 1,920 x 1,080, it supports 10 points of touch, and it has plenty of ports, including VGA, USB-A 2.0, DisplayPort, and HDMI 1.4.

The stand on the back of the monitor allows it lie back at a steep angle, but it also stands up straight for use as a regular display.

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Planar PCT2235

For something a bit smaller and a bit cheaper — without going completely portable — there is Planar's PCT2235 22-inch touch display (about $206). It supports 10 points of touch for Windows 10 gestures, it has a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, and the bezel's seamless design means your fingers won't hit an edge when working in the corners.

You're getting built-in speakers, the stand lets the display sit back at up to a 70-degree angle, and for ports there's VGA, DisplayPort, and HDMI.

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Gechic 1503I

Gechic's portable 15.6-inch touch display is essentially a tablet without the brains inside, weighing in at just 2.3 pounds (1.04 kg) and built to a thickness of just 0.47 inches (1.2 cm). It's powered by a USB-C port, and it also has HDMI and VGA connections, and built-in speakers provide sound.

The display is set at 1080p, and an anti-glare coating helps you see when working outdoors or in a sunlit room. It supports 10 points of touch so that you can use the gamut of Windows 10 gestures, and the detachable stand can be configured in a number of ways, including set back up to 72 degrees. If you decide to keep the display at home, it can be VESA mounted.

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