Planar PXL2430MW: An In-Depth Review 

Windows 8 is quite an ambitious effort in behalf of Microsoft. It provides lots of convenience with its easy-to-use touchscreen interface and interactive apps. Its touchscreen system is actually one of its biggest selling points. This new OS from Microsoft is very easy to learn, that in December 2012, they released an ad campaign features 11-year old kids teaching adults how to use the new Windows system. However, it seems like its user-friendly function keep some regular computer users and professionals from enjoying it. As a matter of fact, many people downgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 7 after a few days or weeks of using the former system. If you are one of the many people who find Windows 7 too good to let go but find convenience in touchscreen system, then you should check out Planar PXL2430MW – a touchscreen display especially made for Windows 7. Check out this review from Dual Monitors Guide to know more about this touchscreen display.

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If you’re looking for a touchscreen monitor to help you optimize various multimedia applications, but not yet ready to leave Windows 7 and move to Windows 8 for some reason, then the Planar PXL2430MW should be for you. It’s one of the first few displays especially designed for Windows 7, and it is equipped with lots of convenient and functional features to amp your PC’s media performance, such as optical dual-touchscreen and USB touchscreen interface, and optimized for education, classroom, computer labs, and multimedia environments.


Touchscreen Monitor Optimized for Windows 7

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The Planar PXL2430MW is a 24-inch monitor with a 23.5-inch diagonal screen size equipped with dual-touch technology. It is optimized for computer users who usually use a lot of multimedia applications in their Windows 7 PC, such as flicking through, resizing or editing photos, reading documents, turning pages of an e-book, or even playing games.

Touchscreen Interface that Works As Advertised – Good Resolution and Image Performance

This Planar monitor delivers good display with its 1920 x 1080 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. Though both are quite standard today, it is still considered good performance, considering the device’s price and touchscreen technology system. It works with 5ms response time, which makes among the great displays in terms of delivering smooth and crisp videos. This means owners can also use it for watching high definition videos, Blu-ray movies and even for playing demanding games.

It has an average brightness performance of 250 cd/m2 and 1000:1 contrast ratio, but it can deliver good levels of bright whites and dark blacks.

Smooth and Responsive Touchscreen

The PXL2430MW’s touchscreen system uses optical touch technology – a touch system that uses small cameras at the corners of the monitor to detect finger touches on the screen’s glass and grid. These cameras rest under the monitor’s bezel frame. But unlike most optical touch technology that uses thicker screen, Planar makes the depth of the touchscreen thinner than average.

Users can use their finger, gloved hand and/or stylus to navigate through the touchscreen interface. Yes you read it right; package comes with a built-in stylus.

Four Picture Settings for Your Computing and Viewing Needs

Planar PXL2430MW has four (4) picture settings for all your computing and viewing needs, with each mode with auto-adjusting feature for brightness and color levels. This way you get perfect picture whether you’re browsing websites and surfing the web, reading documents or ebooks, watching movies or playing games. Texts automatically adjusts with the picture settings as well.

Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Setup Options

Mid-sized touchscreen displays like Planar PXL2430MW need a stable and reliable support for you to maximize its touchscreen system. Though there are lots of LCD monitor arms and stands in the market today, not too many of them can help you maximize touchscreen displays.

Ergotron MX Mounting Arm is one of the few LCD arms out there that comes with great flexibility and versatility for your touchscreen monitor. It supports versatile functions and flexible adjustments to give users the best ergonomic workstations.

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This product lets you pivot, tilt, extend, retract, adjust their monitor’s height and position their display anywhere they want in their workstation – perfect for touchscreen monitors. It can also help keep your desk space neat and clean from cables through its superb cable management system, while the patented Constant Force technology keeps your display stable and secured in place.

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For dual monitor setup of this display, you can opt for the Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm. It’s a fully adjustable dual monitor LCD arm, made up of solid polished aluminum construction and high quality materials. Each arm can be adjusted independently, allowing users to reposition their display; up, down, forward and back, with one simple touch, and still keep the displays secured and stable in place through the help of its patented Constant Force (CF) technology.

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If you want to pair this monitor with your laptop and have a dual monitor setup with your portable computer, then you can choose the Ergotron LX Dual Stacking Arm.  It works almost exactly like the previous product, but it gives you the ability to put one monitor on top of the other or even pair it with your laptop, giving you a touchscreen display extension for your portable computer.

Design and Features

This Planar monitor is designed to work perfectly with variety of Windows 7 multimedia applications. This means reading texts and ebooks, viewing images and editing photos, watching HD movies and playing games a pleasurable experience.

Easy and Hassle-Free Setup

There are no drivers needed to make this monitor. All you have to do to use its touchscreen function is plug the USB cable from the monitor to your PC, and it will automatically activate the monitor’s touchscreen capabilities.

Multiple Connectivity Options

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Planar PXL2430MW is available with analog, DVI-D and HDMI input options. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a USB port, except from the one that you will connect to the PC to activate the touchscreen capabilities.

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Adjustable Stand and VESA Mount Option

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The PXL2430MW’s stand adds 2 inches to the height and depth of the monitor. The cabinet comes with a small bezel around its edges, but overall, it uses its surface area well by having a large screen and a small border.


Tech Specs

Package includes a user guide, power cord, VGA cable, DVI cable, USB cable, and audio-In cable.

Bottom Line

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People don’t like Windows 8 for different reasons. Some find it too user-friendly and it takes away pleasant experience of working on a computer. Some find lack of familiarity annoying. While some simply don’t like the look and feel of the new OS. If you’re one of these people, and you can’t seem to leave Windows 7, then this touchscreen monitor from Planar is for you. It’s a mid-sized monitor, and only weighs 12.6 lbs, one of the lightest around for its size. Just remember, though it is touchscreen, it is not meant for Windows 8 OS.

The brand has been in the industry for nearly 30 years, and it’s been known for delivering high-quality and dependable specialty display solutions. The Planar PXL2430MW definitely lives up to its reputation – it’s a solid performing monitor that makes vibrant pictures and responsive touchscreen system that lets you take full advantage of your Windows 7 PC, not to mention it comes with a stylish design and offers wide variety of video inputs.

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