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Michael Crump

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Introduction

All of the talk lately has been about which laptop/slate developers are going to buy for Windows 8/Touchscreen development. I haven’t seen any developers talking about which touchscreen monitors they are going to be using on their main “beefed-up” development machine. In this blog post I’m going to review the new Acer T232HL 23” Touchscreen monitor.

The Specs

  • 23" Full HD edge-to-edge IPS touchscreen
  • 10 Touch Points
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 100 million:1 contrast ratio - 5ms response time
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • 178º horizontal 178º vertical viewing angles
  • Integrated speakers
  • DVI - HDMI® - VGA - USB 3.0
  • Adjustable tilt
  • VESA mounting compliant
  • 3-year limited warranty

My Existing Setup

My setup consist of a docked ThinkPad W520 with 2 23” LED monitors and all the normal peripherals one might expect. It is super-fast includes a big SSD and even an external drive. As you might expect neither of the monitors are touch screen and while doing touchscreen WPF WinForms Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 work I’m just using my mouse. Any time I need to use “pinch-n-zoom” or other gestures then I have to use the Simulator in VS2012 or keyboard shortcuts. So with this in mind you can see why I would want to add at least one 23” touch screen to my existing setup.

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Unboxing the Acer T232HL

The Acer arrived in the following box and I’ve included several screenshots of what is included.

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As you can see below it comes with the standard cables VGA DVI HDMI Audio Cables Power Supply (2 pieces) and USB cord to plug the monitor into the Windows 8 PC as well as a printed monitor/DVD with the manual on it.

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The screen is protected with this cover as well as another piece of plastic that you will take off once your monitor setup is complete.

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The Connections

As you can see from the screenshot below we have the following connections starting from left to right.

  • USB – to plug into your PC to get touch support.
  • VGA – Video out option
  • DVI – Video out option
  • HDMI – Video out option
  • Audio – For integrated speakers
  • Power – Notice it is not your standard monitor power input (3 prong)

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You also get 3 additional USB 3.0 ports on the side of the monitor.

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After Setup

After I removed my old monitor and setup the new one not much changed in terms of my desktop appearance – but a major difference in screen clarity and touch support. For one the touch support for Windows 8 worked out of the box. I immediately pulled up the charms bar and went to town. I also opened VS2012 and started the Windows Phone 8 Emulator and everything worked there (as expected).

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Another shot just to show you how thin this monitor is and the back view. (Sorry for the desk mess!)

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Wrap-Up

FYI: I did a lot of research before getting this monitor so you will see that I don’t have a lot to complain about. It is a rock-solid monitor for developers looking for a big touchscreen to use at home. I’ve listed out my pros/cons below.

PROS:

+ All of the standard options to hook this up to a computer exist (VGA DVI HDMI).

+ 10 Touch Points is great since I only have 10 Fingers. (More than enough for app testing)

+ Comes with 3 extra USB ports on the side of the monitor that are USB 3.0.

+ Certified with Windows 8 OS – works perfect using Windows Store Apps as well as everything else in the OS.

+ Nothing to install on Windows 8. – Just plug in the USB cable and you are done.

+ Rich Screen colors and very thin. 

+ Nice Manufacture 3 year warranty.