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First Impressions with Viewsonic's 23" Windows 8 Certified touch screen

John Moran - Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Working for a distributor of some particularly cool brands has definitely got it's advantages, yesterday, I had the pleasure of coming into work to be greeted by a large Viewsonic box at my desk. On opening, I discovered a shiny new 23" Viewsonic TD2340, certified Windows 8, 10 point touch screen monitor which will be replacing my ageing 19" Philips screen. Viewsonic are not new to the Irish market but they have only been recently added to the MicroWarehouse's range of quality brands. I'm a dual monitor user, my other monitor is a 22" Viewsonic 2258WM with dual touch capabilities, a very nice monitor with great picture and up until now, my main stay for working on. Regards my old Philips, I primarily used it to keep Outlook open on.

Initial Impressions

Once out of the box and placed on my desk, there were a lot of "ohhs and ahhs" from neighbouring colleagues and rightly so. Aesthetically, this is a very beautiful piece of kit with a slick glass panelled front and ergonomic stand. Better yet, there is no messing with screws or attaching stands once out of the box. Simply take out off the box, plug in your USB cable as well as your VGA cable (HDMI is also an option) and you are in business. Granted, I had to restart Windows 8, but that was it! Dual touch screens.

Once on, the screen is noticeably brighter than the adjacent 2258WM. As this is not a technical review, I'm going to put this down to the 23" IPS Panel. Running 1920 X 1080 full HD is a joy. Colours are bright and lively and blacks look deep and rich. Unlike the 2258WM, this screen does not feature bevelled edges, one of the required factors for being a certified Windows 8 monitor along with its 10 point multi point gesture touch screen which does make Windows 8 a lot more enjoyable. Due to the bevel, swiping for the right hand menu was never really an option on the 2258WM where as now, I'm starting to use a lot more of the Windows 8 touch enabled functions. 

Finally, and this is a benefit quite a few of you may not appreciate quite as much as I do, the screen on the TD2340m can be rotated 90 degrees right or left turning the screen perspective into portrait rather than landscape. (1080 x 1920 resolution). A large part of my job requires me to work in Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Illustrator creating brochures, e-shots, webpages etc. Working with this perspective (also a huge benefit to anyone working with long documents) on such a good quality display is nothing short of awesome. 

Conclusions

So far, I'm loving my new monitor but then again, I've only had it for a day but reports from media outlets are equally positive. PCMAG.com gives it a solid 4 out of 5 while stating "The Viewsonic TD2340 is an attractive touch-screen monitor featuring a gorgeous 23-inch IPS panel, 10-point touch technology, and a very flexible stand." 

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