We’ve seen plenty of tablets, laptops, and all-in-one desktops with touch screens ripe for Windows 8, but surprisingly few standalone desktop monitors. However, Samsung seems intent on rectifying that. The company has unveiled a 24-inch multi-touch desktop monitor optimized for Microsoft’s new operating system.
According to Samsung, the SC770 Touch Monitor supports 10-point multitouch input. You can tilt the display forward by as much as 60 degrees, which should make for less uncomfortable interactions. The stand lets you rotate the panel into portrait mode, as well.
Otherwise, the SC770 Touch Monitor has a 24" MVA panel with a 1920×1080 resolution and 178° viewing angles (both horizontal and vertical). Samsung quotes luminosity of 250 cd/m², a contrast ratio of 5000:1, and a gray-to-gray response time of 5 ms. Those specs look fairly solid, even if more luminous displays are available with that same panel size. Oh, and the spec sheet also mentions HDMI input, a built-in USB hub, and integrated 3W speakers.
If you ask me, a nice multi-touch touchpad probably makes more sense than a touch-screen monitor for use with a desktop PC. Logitech’s T650 looks decent enough. I suppose some folks will want the full Modern UI experience, however, and having the option certainly can’t hurt.