ViewSonic hit a bit of a rough patch during the transition from CRT to LCD display technology, but lately, it seems like they’ve come through all right – with multiple releases of high-definition, non-touch, multitouch, big monitors and small, ViewSonic has really ramped up their product offerings in 2012.
Unlike several other new touch monitors and all-in-ones (and notebooks) this fall, ViewSonic is bucking the trend by eschewing a capactive touchscreen. Regrettably, that means that they also have to ditch the attractive edge-to-edge glass design of competing products. The upside, however, is that ViewSonic is claiming the use of an “advanced” version of the optical touch technology that HP used for years in its all-in-one TouchSmart products. That also means that any sort of touch input will work, whether it’s a finger, stylus, or cucumber.
The TD2220 also ships with a hardened, scratch-resistant screen. The panel beneath is TN, which means horizontal viewing angles of 170 – pretty good – and vertical viewing angles of 160? – just okay. The static contrast ratio is a solid 1000:1, the refresh rate is 5ms, and the monitor has 2W stereo speakers built in.
ViewSonic plans to have the new mutitouch TD2220 on sale in Northern and Latin America markets by the third week of this month. Pricing is expected to sit at $329 – pricey, but one of the more reasonable touch display price tags we’ve seen.