Do you know it is possible to add quasi-touch capabilities to your non-touchscreen laptop or desktop? Well, thanks to the E-touch Pen that’s precisely what’s possible. We put it through the paces, to see if the experience was good enough to warrant a sticker price of Rs 3,999. Read on to find out more. Also Read - Windows 11: Release date, top features to expect, how to upgrade and more
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The first question that comes to mind is why do I need touch screen capabilities to my computer? Well, there is no straight answer to that, but if you do want to upgrade to Windows 8, then having touch capabilities is extremely useful because the new ‘Star Screen’ has been designed for a touch-interface, the keyboard and mouse experience feels like an after thought. Also Read - Windows 9's Start menu demoed in a new video
Setting up the E-Touch pen is a piece of cake. The product ships with a magnetic clamp that can be attached to the side of a laptop and it interfaces through a USB connection.
One then has to calibrate the Pen with monitor and after that the pen is more or less good to go.
The Pen itself is designed in a very ergonomic way. The tip of the pen is essentially a brush so one need not worry about scratching the monitor.
And in Metro mode the Pen works pretty impressively. The response is akin to a touch Windows 8 machine, but there are a few limitations. For instance calling up the corner interface is a pain; same goes for activating the Charms menu as it often mistakes the swipe for a scroll on the Start Screen.
But when it works it gives one a fair idea of how a Windows 8 touch screen experience would be like. And all this can be achieved without really investing in a new machine, and frankly most people need not do it too because Windows 8 runs perfectly fine even on PCs that are two or three years old.
However, there are a few limitations as most modern desktop users will be in the wilderness as the product only supports screens up to 17-inches which is very small for a modern desktop, so it is primarily aimed at users who are planted on their laptops.
If one plans on using the e-Touch Pen in the traditional desktop environment then we will advise against it because the touch points are so small, the input needs to be very precise, which frankly is not possible with the pen or even with a finger for a matter of fact.
Overall, if some gesture recognition issues can be sorted (Which can even happen via a firmware update), the E-Touch Pen surprises especially in the Metro environment. Of course, it is no replacement for a touch-screen, but allows some to experience the new Windows 8 touch UI without shelling out an obscene amount of money for a new PC.
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