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February 12, 2012 12:38:54 AM

Has any one used the Planar PX2230MW as a touch screen display for the Developer version of Windows 8?

It's the most reasonably priced monitor listed in the Windows 8 lab.

Thanks.

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March 13, 2012 4:35:00 PM

I got a reply from Planar support regarding this model not working correctly with Windows 8. Does not resolve the issue but explains their position.
"Thank you for contacting Planar Online Support. As Windows 8 has not yet been officially released, we do not have official support for it. We have done some testing with the PX2230MW successfully, but I cannot speak to whether or not we will officially support it once Windows 8 launches. I would try checking Planar.com after launch to check for compatibility on any of our touch screens. I don't see a reason why we wouldn't support it on most if not all our models after some time."
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March 23, 2012 12:05:30 AM

Acer sent me a T231H which works like it should - making on of the world's biggest tablets.

I wrote it up on NJN Network.
The Acer T231H bmid LCD Monitor together with Windows 8 Consumer Preview puts a biggie-sized iPad on your desk

Acer T231H 23" multi-touch monitor with Windows 8 Metro home screen (click for larger image) Photo NJN Network

Windows 8 needs two things to be a hit on the desktop – a multi-touch monitor and touch pad. Acer delivers the multi-touch experience with the T231H bmid. The monitor is stunning. At under $350 retail, it leads the pack of competitive monitors we have investigated.

The Acer T231H bmid is a 23″ Widescreen LCD display with native 1920 x 1080 resolution. The screen looks sharp and sports a 80,000:1 contrast ratio with 2ms response time.

It is specified as touchscreen capable for Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit compatible.

Something told me it should be plug compatible with Windows 8 Consumer Preview (Win8CP). Acer agreed and sent one a monitor for this review.

Along with the unusual 23″ wide screen, the three legged support system struck me as unusual until I started using the touch feature. The wide third leg behind the monitor can take the push and touch without wobbling. The widescreen is just perfect for watching movies.
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Connecting the monitor was simple – power cord, DVI, VGA or HDMI connection and USB cable (all supplied in the box). The USB cable sends the touch gestures to the Windows 7 or 8 operating system.

There is a driver disk but we didn’t need it. As a precaution, the computer was off when connecting the Acer T231H. On boot up, Win8CP recognized the monitor and touch feature.

Within a minute we had a 23″ ‘iPad’ on the desk. It is amazingly easy to use and gorgeous to look at.

The Metro interface of tiles makes sense with touch. With a finger, you can grab apps, swipe across the screen, swipe up and down. I just discovered, and Windows 8 is full of discover, that an aggressive swipe from the far left screen pulls up other apps that are open. Screens can be pinched larger and smaller.

You can browse pages in the Los Angeles Times or Chicago Tribune with ease, just like an app on the Apple iPad, only the action is faster and smoother.

The USA Today app is so large and the images are vivid. I touched the story on the launch of the new iPad and the screen filled up with a hi-definition video inside the Apple store. USA Today has more multimedia content than the other news apps on the Microsoft Store.

For example, the Los Angeles Times has a full story on new music at the SXSW Festival but no music videos. It’s like reading the newspaper online and a wasted opportunity.

The Metro Weather App - the best weather app yet

While Apple has the tablet market lead, Windows 8 beta delivers the same or better experience on the desktop. Apple hasn’t migrated OS X to a touch environment yet. When Microsoft adds more Metro apps to the Microsoft Store it will challenge Apple’s lead.

The monitor needs to be calibrated and I wasn’t successful in getting that done perfectly. I still use the touch-pad to return to the Metro home screen. The tile is located very tightly in the lower left corner. Of course, one can always use the Windows Home Key with the same results.

In any event, you need a touch-pad for some commands such as right mouse click. There is an onscreen keyboard that pops up when needed. For now it’s just as easy to use the keyboard.
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March 30, 2012 12:21:17 AM

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October 1, 2012 6:34:37 AM

stephenpate said:
Has any one used the Planar PX2230MW as a touch screen display for the Developer version of Windows 8?

It's the most reasonably priced monitor listed in the Windows 8 lab.

Thanks.


Check out Planar's new Helium display for Windows 8.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsC1OrQHx5Y
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October 26, 2013 10:46:38 PM

I've seen the videos and read the reviews. Not sure if Planar wants to be in retail space. Some people do like them
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January 16, 2014 4:02:20 PM

stephenpate said:
Has any one used the Planar PX2230MW as a touch screen display for the Developer version of Windows 8?

It's the most reasonably priced monitor listed in the Windows 8 lab.

Thanks.


Not sure if you are still looking for a solution to this, but Planar is a fail. It took me awhile to figure out how to get things sorted in Win 8 and 8.1 but I finally did, with no help from Planar. I managed to find a Planar XP driver package for the 2230 and if you right click on the file and run it in Win XP SP3 compatibility mode - it will unpack the drivers and 8/8.1 will automatically grab them and install them. Works for both 32 and 64 bit installs.

The touch screen does work without the driver, though it will show up as an 'Unknown Touch Screen' in devices and printers and some functionality is disabled. For the life of me I can't find the file again but I have it if anyone needs it - post here and I'll figure something out.
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February 17, 2014 5:43:43 AM

corbryant said:
stephenpate said:
Has any one used the Planar PX2230MW as a touch screen display for the Developer version of Windows 8?

It's the most reasonably priced monitor listed in the Windows 8 lab.

Thanks.


Not sure if you are still looking for a solution to this, but Planar is a fail. It took me awhile to figure out how to get things sorted in Win 8 and 8.1 but I finally did, with no help from Planar. I managed to find a Planar XP driver package for the 2230 and if you right click on the file and run it in Win XP SP3 compatibility mode - it will unpack the drivers and 8/8.1 will automatically grab them and install them. Works for both 32 and 64 bit installs.

The touch screen does work without the driver, though it will show up as an 'Unknown Touch Screen' in devices and printers and some functionality is disabled. For the life of me I can't find the file again but I have it if anyone needs it - post here and I'll figure something out.

i'd like this file! *edit* found it http://

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May 19, 2014 7:53:08 AM

corbryant said:
stephenpate said:
Has any one used the Planar PX2230MW as a touch screen display for the Developer version of Windows 8?

It's the most reasonably priced monitor listed in the Windows 8 lab.

Thanks.


Not sure if you are still looking for a solution to this, but Planar is a fail. It took me awhile to figure out how to get things sorted in Win 8 and 8.1 but I finally did, with no help from Planar. I managed to find a Planar XP driver package for the 2230 and if you right click on the file and run it in Win XP SP3 compatibility mode - it will unpack the drivers and 8/8.1 will automatically grab them and install them. Works for both 32 and 64 bit installs.

The touch screen does work without the driver, though it will show up as an 'Unknown Touch Screen' in devices and printers and some functionality is disabled. For the life of me I can't find the file again but I have it if anyone needs it - post here and I'll figure something out.


WHERE did you get the driver?? I am using Windows 8.1 and it was working really well. Then the new update to the BIG update and now it won't work at all. When I go into PC info it says: "Pen and Touch - no pen or touch is available for this display".
I would like to try your driver and see if it fixes the problem.

JUST got done with Planar support and the IT guy had me unplug the USB for 30 secs and then plug into a DIFFERENT USB port and it works fine now!! THANKS for support.

Anyone who is thinking of this monitor, I love it. I'm using windows 8.1 with all the newest updates. Except for this glitch it has worked superbly.
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