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November 01, 2012

LG's New Monitor Brings Touchscreen Power to Desktop Users

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TMCnet Writer

A touchscreen interface, according to more than a few tech figures and long-time users of Windows in general, may be all that's standing between most users and getting the fullest experience out of the new Windows 8. That touchscreen interface may be a lot more readily available thanks to the LG Touch 10, a new monitor coming soon from LG.

The LG Touch 10 is a 23 inch monitor that offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, an IPS--In-Plane Switching--panel, and the ability to work with a capacitive stylus for those who don't want to touch their monitor all the time. For those that are all right with the tactile approach, meanwhile, the Touch 10 will be able to accommodate up to 10 fingers working at the same time to yield the dragging, dropping, and rotating effects commonly found in the Windows 8 user interface, as though it were a particularly large tablet connected to a particularly large processor that wasn't going anywhere any time soon.

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Pricing for the LG Touch 10 hasn't yet been announced, but there is something of a release schedule available, as reports indicate the device will hit Korean markets in November, with Europe and the rest of the world to follow. Pricing on the device will be vital, however, as getting users to replace their old, likely still working monitors will be a difficult move just for improved functionality, especially in a bad economy where so many are watching their cash flows closely. With the holiday shopping season only a few scant weeks away, it's just as clear that there will be plenty of value in keeping the prices down to entice bargain-craving shoppers.

But if the price is right, then Windows 8 users will likely make the move as they're familiar with the touchscreen operations concept--thanks to their smartphones and tablets--and will see the value of having the same offer for their desktop form factor. Windows 8 will likely be made or broken by the strength of its adoption, and that touchscreen experience will likely go a long way toward determining that make-or-break. While only time will tell if LG can bring the Touch 10 out at a price that gets interest, and thus spurs Windows 8 adoption--plenty of users, after all, are still working with Windows XP--there's every possibility here that this will end well.

Edited by Brooke Neuman
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