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Iiyama T2451MTS review

Is touch technology the next big thing for desktop PCs?

Our Verdict

Iiyama's optical touch tech needs some work before it's ready for the prime time on the desktop.

For

  • Responsive touchscreen
  • Innovative optical touchscreen tech
  • Good colour and picture quality
  • Stylus

Against

  • Raised screen bezel
  • Not suited to current touchscreen software

Is touch the final input frontier for the desktop PC? Time to fire up the new Iiyama T2451MTS, a 24-inch, Full-HD touch-enabled widescreen monitor and find out.

It's certainly easy to understand why you might want to add touch functionality to a conventional PC. Whether it's smartphones, tablets or tablet-laptop transformers, touch is where all the exciting stuff is happening when it comes to interfaces and user input.

Even Microsoft is finally taking touch seriously. Windows 8, due out later this year, is the first mainstream Microsoft operating for desktops to include a fully developed and truly usable touch interface.

Of course, touch input on a 24-inch PC monitor is never going to be quite the same experience as a 10-inch tablet or a pocketable smartphone. For starters, instead of familiar resistive or capacitive touchscreen tech, the Iiyama T2451MTS uses optical touch technology.

In simple terms, that involves a ring of infrared emitters and sensors located in the screen bezel. In fact, thanks to optical technology, you don't actually have to touch the screen surface. Making swish, swipe and poke gestures near the screen surface is good enough.

If that sounds like the touch response is a bit vague, think again. The Iiyama T2451MTS is an extremely accurate and responsive touchscreen. That includes multi-touch gestures such as manipulating photos or zooming in and out of web pages.

It's very close in feel and response to a capacitive screen - assuming you make contact with the screen surface that is. It's also extremely simple to set up. No drivers are required. Just plug it in via video and USB links to any Windows 7 or, indeed, Windows 8 machine and you're good to go.

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There is, however, a snag. The use of optical tech requires a raised screen bezel which in turn makes it difficult to reach the very edges of the screen with your finger tips. Unfortunately, much of the new Windows 8 Metro touch interfaces relies on the use of sweeping gestures from the screen edge to reveal various functions and menus. And this simply doesn't work well on the Iiyama T2451MTS.

In mitigation, Iiyama does provide a stylus which makes the Metro menus a lot more accessible, even if that rather defeats the object of a touchscreen. Moreover, Iiyama does not market the T2451MTS as Windows 8 screen. It's described as optimised for Windows 7.

Problem is, the Windows 7 touch interface is uniformly awful. Exactly what, therefore, you should use this screen for isn't entirely clear. That's a shame because along with the accurate touch response, it's not half bad as a conventional monitor.

OK, the panel use TN technology, so it's not as accurate nor offers the viewing angles of the latest and greatest IPS screens. The backlight could do with a bit more oomph, too.

But as TN panels go, the colours are rich and vibrant, the blacks reasonably deep and inky. It also performs surprising well in our suite of test images. Both black and white scales reveal plenty of detail, for instance. Like pretty much any TN screen, pixel response is speedy, too.

All of which makes the Iiyama T2451MTS an interesting and mostly quite capable screen that's struggling to justify its existence. Windows 7 is a poor touch experience. The optical touch technology is a poor match for Windows 8. And if you're not going to use the touch functionality, you can buy much nicer IPS screens for the same price.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Touchscreen Monitor
HDCP SupportedYes
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
TouchscreenYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount CompatibleYes
DVIYes
VGAYes
Adjustable Display AngleYes
Product FamilyProLite
ColourBlack
Brightness260 cd/m²
Colour Support16.7 Million Colours
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Brand Nameiiyama
Contrast Ratio1,000:1
Mount TypeWall Mountable, Desk Mountable
Screen Size59.9 cm (23.6")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Response Time2 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty3 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker
Touchscreen TypeOptical
Horizontal Viewing Angle170°
Vertical Viewing Angle160°
Standard Refresh Rate75 Hz
VESA Mount Standard100 x 100
Operating Power Consumption24 W
Standby Power Consumption500 mW
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height403.5 mm
Width556 mm
Depth122.5 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Certifications & Standards
  • CE
  • TUV/Bauart
  • VCCI-B
  • GOST-R
  • PSE
FeaturesSecurity Lock
Manufactureriiyama North America, Inc
Product ModelT2451MTS
Product NameProLite T2451MTS Widescreen LCD Monitor
Product LineProLite
Input Voltage110 V AC, 220 V AC
Manufacturer Part NumberPL T2451MTS-B1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.iiyama.co.uk
Marketing Information

The ProLite T2451MTS is a 24" MultiTouch screen. Based on the latest Optical Touch Screen Technology, the T2451MTS is Windows 7 Compatible and ready for the emerging business and consumer software packages. The monitor lets you browse the web, email and draw while working on multiple screens, docking or typing on the on-screen keyboard. You can scroll and rotate pictures, draw, zoom in and out using certain tap, flick, grab and pincer gestures. The multi-touch is not only fast but also fun to work with. The panel features High Definition 1920 x 1080 resolution with a 2msec response time. HDMI, DVI and Analogue inputs are available for flexible connectivity along with USB for the Touch Interface. The multi touch function is supported only under Windows 7. Glossy design with a foldable stand creates an eye-catching finish.

Package Contents
  • ProLite T2451MTS Widescreen LCD Monitor
  • Power Cable
  • D-Sub Cable
  • DVI Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Audio Cable
  • Touch Pen
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety Guide
Weight (Approximate)5.60 kg