There’s no question that Windows 8 was designed for touchscreens. In some instances, using a mouse or trackpad to use the Windows 8 Start screen and included applications isn’t as intuitive as it could be. There are input devices out there that mimic touchscreen and gesture controls for Windows 8, but E Fun is taking things one step further. At CES 2013, the company will debut the APEN Touch8. It’s a USB-powered device that gives touchscreen functionality to non-touchscreen Windows desktops and laptops.
The APEN Touch8 includes a receiver and a stylus. The receiver connects to the PC and converts the actions of the digital stylus into inputs Windows 8 can understand. This is a simple plug-and-play solution. E Fun says there’s no need to download drivers.
You’ll be able to purchase the APEN Touch8 within the first quarter of this year for $79.99.
I’m approaching this device from a neutral standpoint. Although the concept of giving every Windows 8 machine touchscreen controls is very interesting, the digital pen requirement is just one more thing you have to keep up with. Depending on what you’re trying to do, you may find yourself constantly picking the pen up and down. Perhaps a more practical solution is one of Logitech’s Windows 8 mice or the trackpad. These devices mimic touchscreen controls without a second accessory.
We’ll try to get some hands-on time with this accessory at CES next week.