Full disclosure — I am a die-hard Apple user. I love my iPad, iPhone, iTouch, MacBookPro and iMac. I do. I love the operating systems and the touch interfaces.
So when Planar asked if I would like to test their new Planar Helium 27-inch multi-touch desktop monitor, of course I said yes. When they asked if I had a Windows 8 machine, I gasped. Argh. Windows.
Our Web team has been playing around with Windows 8 for a while so there was a PC I could test it out on as well as have them give it a whirl as well.
I had seen the new Windows 8 interface on a non-interactive screen and wasn’t thrilled. I am willing to say that could be because I am a Mac head.
Gasp again. I took to the Planar Helium, 27-inch multi-touch desktop monitor and Windows 8 like a two-year-old to an iPad.
First the important stuff: If you are familiar with Planar displays you’ve come to expect only the highest quality HD image (1920 x 1080). This Edge-Lit LED LCD display lives up to Planar’s reputation for depth of color, black levels and thoughtful industrial design.
After a couple of minutes of figuring out the Windows 8 gestures and how things were organized to get to a new screen or call up a file, I was swiping around with the same familiarity as my iPad. I didn’t experience any latency issues. The projected capacitive touchscreen has a 12 ms response time.
There have been many times when I have put away my iPad to work on my iMac and I would touch the screen to move something or zoom in and forgot that the screen was not interactive. There are just some things that are more intuitive and quicker to do on the screen versus with a mouse or a keypad.
The touch sensitivity is very accurate and light on the Planar Helium display. The smooth, zero