The best touchscreen monitors are an ideal for anyone who has ever wished for a more intuitive and interactive computing experience. They mean you don’t have to rely solely on a keyboard and mouse to navigate your day-to-day workload. Instead, you can tap, scroll, swipe, and zoom through everything on your screen the way you would on a tablet or smartphone. Even one of the best mice out there just won’t give you that same immediate feedback.
While touchscreen functionality is prevalent in the laptop market, most external touchscreen monitors are portable ones. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any regular-sized monitors available with that capability. So we’ve gathered all sorts of displays for you to gesture your way through, from portable displays perfect for road warriors to full-sized monitors perfect for use with a desktop PC. We even included a display to use with Apple laptops.
Below, you’ll find our top picks available right now, starting with the currently available ones in the US. You can also skip directly to the best touchscreen monitors in the UK. You should also consider looking at our guide for the best 4K monitors if you’re looking for a more traditional solution to getting that UHD resolution. And, if you need to ensure good colour accuracy, consider one of the best monitor colour calibrator tools.
The best touchscreen monitors available now: US
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With so many options on the market, our choice of the best touchscreen monitors comes down to the details, and detail is something that Dell's P2418HT monitor gets right. This Full HD monitor with a 23.8in, LCD screen offers excellent resolution, contrast and colour. But on top of that, it also comes with a top-class articulating stand, which allows you to extend it, swivel it and orient it up to 60 degrees downwards. A protective cushion guards everything against bumps when the stand is fully compressed.
The anti-glare surface works well in distracting light conditions, and the ultrathin bezel gives the monitor a stylish look overall. Overall, this may be slightly more expensive than some of the other touchscreen monitors on this list, but it offers excellent value for money.
The ViewSonic TD2230 is small, light and portable touchscreen monitor, making it perfect for anyone with limited desk space and/or who needs to travel with their screen. The 22in, Full HD, IPS display offers beautifully sharp image quality and high visual accuracy. The screen is also scratch-poof, and the bookstand design allows it to be tilted and adjusted from 20 to 70 degrees, or rested flat.
The connection ports are all on the side of the monitor, offering easy access. You get HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA and USB connectivity. The monitor offers low power consumption – great for both your pocket and the planet. The colours are a little dull, but overall this is an excellent buy for anyone looking for a portable touchscreen monitor.
Looking for a cheap touchscreen monitor from a reputable brand? The 21.5in Dell P2219H IPS monitor is available at a brilliant price, and it still does an impressive job, making it one of the best touchscreen monitors available for those on a tighter budget.
The stand is nicely adjustable, and the ultrathin bezels provide for a sleek look. With up to 250 nits of brightness, 178-degree viewing angles, and Full HD resolution, the screen is a great performer, although the colours aren’t quite accurate enough for professional photo editing or design work. It uses tech that reduces harmful blue light emissions, making it easier on your eyes during long work sessions.
The Viewsonic TD1655 is another small, portable option from Viewsonic, and one that comes with a budget price. The 15.6in monitor offers 1080p resolution. You can use all 10 fingers on the screen, and you can easily flip the screen orientation vertically, which is handy if you're working with code or scrolling through documents or online chats.
While creative professionals usually go for larger screens, there’s definitely a place for portable monitors in content creation. Nomadic users in particular can benefit from a portable monitor that’s designed specifically with video editors, designers, and music producers in mind. The ProArt Display PA148CTV is something of a rarity in the sea of portable monitors with its robust set of features targeted towards creatives. They include the Asus Dial, a physical dial that you can use to make effortless adjustments to your project whether you’re in Lightroom, Premiere Pro, or Photoshop. There’s also the Virtual Control Panel function, which allows you to use the display itself as your touchscreen control panel, simplifying your workflow.
This being a touchscreen monitor for creatives, you get impeccable colour coverage (100% sRGB and 100% Rec.709), excellent colour accuracy of ΔE < 2 out of the box, and Calman Verification. There are a lot more features too, all packed into an incredibly compact 14in form. If you’re looking to expand your screen real estate when travelling or out in the field, this is the best choice there is.
Want a larger touchscreen monitor? Most touchscreen monitors tend to be on the smaller side, but this 27in offering from Planar offers a relatively large IPS LED-backlit display. While Full HD is a little thin for a 27in display, the screen offers dependable color accuracy and contrast that won't shift depending on where you're looking. It's a versatile monitor too, with a built-in HD webcam and microphone, making it great for home office working and video conferencing. It boasts 10-point capacitive multi-touch and an ergonomic stand that can take the display from completely flat to a 70-degree tilt.
The best touchscreen monitors available now: UK
Number one in our list above isn't in stock in the UK at the time of writing, but the Philips 242B9T is a good alternative. It might not be the most stylish looking touch monitor but it has an awful lot to offer. For a start, it comes with built-in 2W speakers. Also, you can connect it to a wide range of devices via HDMI, DVI, VGA and DisplayPort. The Z-type stand allows you to tilt the screen between -5 and 90 degrees. And the IPS panel provides a great picture. Philips’ own SmartContrast technology makes for rich, crisp blacks, and its FlickerFree feature controls brightness and flicker to reduce eye strain.
As we mentioned in our list for the US above, the 22in ViewSonic TD2230 is a small, light and portable touchscreen monitor, perfect for those with limited desk space or who need a travel-friendly monitor. The scratchproof Full HD, IPS display offers sharp, accurate image quality, and the bookstand design offers versatile adjustment so you can rest it flat or tilt from 20 to 70 degrees. Accessible connection ports on the side of the monitor offer HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA and USB connectivity. Colours aren't the brightest, but this is a great buy.
The 21.5in Dell P2219H IPS monitor is something of a bargain and one of the best touchscreen monitors at an affordable price. It offers up to 250 nits of brightness, 178-degree viewing angles, and Full HD resolution. There's a nicely adjustable stand, ultrathin bezels provide for a sleek look. Colours aren't the most accurate, so it isn't the best option for photo editors.
Looking for a larger screen? The T272HL is a bigger version of Acer's 23-inch T232HL. It offers slightly above-average 300cd/m2 brightness and 10-point capacitive multi-touch. You also get 2w internal speakers and a highly adjustable stand that tilts from 10 to 60 degrees. As we've noted before, Full HD is a little thin for a screen larger than 24in, and while the 23in Acer T232HL boasts an IPS LCD display panel, its 27in sibling has an inferior VA-type display, so contrast and colour accuracy will vary depending on your viewing angle. That said, if you want a larger touchscreen, this is one of the best choices out there, although there are some stock issues at the moment.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Viewsonic TD1655 is a small, portable budget 15.6in monitor. It offers 1080p resolution, you can use all 10 fingers on the screen, and you can easily flip the screen to vertical, which can be very useful for those working with code, or if you simply need to scroll through reams of text.
Nomadic creatives will appreciate this portable monitor. There aren't many such devices aimed specifically at video editors, designers, and music producers, but the ProArt Display PA148CTV offers several features specifically aimed at creatives. The Asus Dial is a physical dial that allows quick adjustments to projects whether you’re in Lightroom, Premiere Pro, or Photoshop. The Virtual Control Panel function allows you to use the display as your touchscreen control panel, simplifying your workflow immensely.
You get impeccable colour coverage (100% sRGB and 100% Rec.709), excellent colour accuracy of ΔE < 2 out of the box, and Calman Verification. All this and more is packed into an incredibly compact package, so if you're looking for an additional screen for travel or use in the field, this is a gem.
Is a touchscreen worth it?
If you’ve ever used a touchscreen laptop and wished you could do the same at your desk, then the slightly higher price of a touchscreen monitor over its non-touch counterpart is well worth it. After all, there’s no other way to get that kind of nuanced control when navigating various windows and apps. For example, if you want to translate handwriting to text or draw directly on the screen using your finger, one of these panels is the way to do it. And, instead of having to use keyboard shortcuts to carry out a command, you can perform the actual action directly on the screen.
But, you won’t be holding a touchscreen display the way you would a tablet or smartphone. So, consider whether you’re comfortable using your fingers to navigate a screen that’s sitting at eye level for long periods.
What are the disadvantages of a touchscreen?
There are some drawbacks to using a touchscreen monitor. For example, holding your arm up to interact with a touchscreen throughout a day’s worth of work will get tiring no matter how strong you are. And, you’ll have to clean that screen regularly. Otherwise, that buildup of smudges and fingerprints can get in the way of seeing it properly.
You’re also limited in how big a screen you can get since you’ll need it to be within arm’s length to use that touch capability.
Most importantly, however, touchscreen displays are more likely to experience some kind of damage. This is because there’s much more going on under the hood than with non-touch monitors. And, when something goes wrong, it will cost more to fix due to the more complicated design of these panels.
What is a 10 point touchscreen?
A 10 point touchscreen can register 10 distinct points of contact all at once. Not all touchscreen devices and displays utilise this technology. But, having it makes a huge difference in the accuracy of your taps, swipes, and various gestures. With one or two-point touchscreens, any accidental contact like the edge of your palm grazing the screen could confuse the interface and register a tap where it shouldn’t be. Utilising a 10 point touchscreen largely eliminates that kind of accidental interaction. And, it also allows for more complex interactions like typing directly on the screen.