Touch Pen Turns Your Laptop into a Touch Screen
The new Touch Pen with Windows 8, from Targus.
With Windows8 you’re supposed to be able to do more in less time thanks to its touch-screen features. But first you’ve got to have touch features. Considering that the new touch-screen laptops cost about twice as much as your old non-touch models (which may still be running just fine, than you), many wonder whether it’s worth the upgrade.
Today at CES, Targus announced a Touch Pen that can make any laptop running (or upgraded to) Windows 8 into a touch-screen device. The Touch Pen will be out some time in the second quarter of 2013, costing $100.
The Touch Pen is as easy as using your finger, Targus says. A receiver that attaches to the side of your computer screen communicates with the Touch Pen through a cable connected to a USB port, in essence giving you the same effect as a stylus on a touch screen. You can swipe, slide and harness all the features of Windows 8. Touch functionality provides a fluid way to switch between apps and navigate smoothly; the soft bristle tip prevents rubber prints or damage to your screen.Touch Pen requires no software or drivers, and there is no need to learn any special gestures — a one-time calibration is all that's needed.It works with all Windows 8- installed laptops or monitors up to 17 inches.