Acer Announces 20-inch FT200HQL Capacity Touch Display for $199

16

Comments

+ Add a Comment
avatar

vrmlbasic

1600*900? Perhaps no one told them, but it is 2013 and anything less than 1080 is unacceptable in this day and age; I bought a 1080 display from acer 4 years ago and I'm sad to see that they've regressed. Steve Jobs was hyping "pixels too small to be seen by the eye" years ago; 1600*900 is like looking at the image through a crappy screen door. Even cell phones scoff at 1600*900 today.

avatar

Philippe Lemay

Having this, plus my current 1080p monitor playing KSP. Keep the rocket view on the big screen and have the map on the small screen.

The sad truth is though, nothing supports neat dual-monitor setups like that. At least not without a lot of modding or painstaking customization. And it's not just KSP either, how many games out there would be so much more awesome if you could take a smaller side-screen and show a mini-map or army info or whatever else onto it, and keep the main view on your big-screen. But the game devs can't put it in because the game engines don't support it, all this despite the fact that more and more people are using multiple monitors.

When the software side catches up, then I'll get excited over gadgets like this. But until then it's a nice toy looking for a use.

avatar

RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Thing is, a touch interface isn't what you want or need for desktop computing, no matter how much Microsoft or its drones pimp it.

Touch makes sense on tablets or smart phones.

Why is it so hard to just give a market what it needs, rather than what you wish it needed?

avatar

vrmlbasic

I blame all these tech companies being negatively influenced by the communism/socialism of the countries to which they outsource. When so many of the third-worlders who make your stuff happen keep telling you about their "5 year plans" and "command economy" I guess that they can't help but start to believe it (eyeroll) ;)

avatar

Granite

We already know what YOU want for desktop computing, but you really should refrain from telling everyone else what THEY want.

You sound like an American liberal...you know, one of those guys who knows what you want and need better than you do.

avatar

RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

You have to be something of a nebbish, that you actually count "Liberal" as some sort of profound insult.

I almost feel sorry for you.

avatar

Granite

Whoops! Sorry. I didn't mean to insult you...only to tweak you a little.

But hey, looks like I hit the nail on the head, liberal.

avatar

RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Good luck with the whole subservient thing. Nothing to be ashamed about.

avatar

Granite

Awww...poor you...

So caught up in your hatred.

It's okay. Spout off.

What's really, really amusing is that you'll be sporting Win8 eventually. And you'll be loving it.

Too bad you won't have the balls to admit it to anyone.

avatar

vrmlbasic

I kinda think that Microsoft sounds like those guys, with a bit of that alien from StarGate mixed in: "We created your start menu and now we will destroy it!"

avatar

Granite

It has taken longer than I expected, but I'm glad to see this product...and at this reasonable price. But I'll hold out till I can get a 27" touch monitor for $400 or less.

avatar

Eoraptor

Man makes me feel old... I looked at the title and went "Since when is 20" small?!" welcome to the age of flat panels.

I'll be over here dusting off the CRT of Holidays past.

avatar

Benjo

Same here. Still rockin' a 20" Trinitron CRT at 1600x1200 on my main desktop Linux rig! Had a dual 15" CRT setup on a second desktop Windows rig until I found a good deal on a flat panel with nearly the same screen area :P

avatar

John Pombrio

I wonder if the touch capability can be supported over the HDMI cable input?

avatar

Paul_Lilly

On Dell's P2314T and P2714T monitors, you need to connect the included USB cable for the touch function to work (I have a P2714T next to me that I'm testing out). Reading through Acer's user manual, it looks like the FT200HQL is the same way:

"For the touchscreen & USB function to work, you need to connect the USB cable to the NB or PC, as well as connecting through a VGA or HDMI cable."

avatar

Jacob Stanbery

The HDMI standard supports two-way communication, so possibly with the right drivers...