One of the issues consumers have been having with Windows 8 is that the best features require a touchscreen, and they’re using an old, regular LCD or CRT monitors. People can give Windows 8 a second chance now that E Fun, a West Covina-based company, has come out with the Apen Touch8.
The Apen Touch8 is a cordless pen that works in tandem with an attachment that plugs into the PCs USB port. The attachment is really an infrared and ultrasonic receiver that clips magnetically to the side of the monitor screen, which can be as large as 17 inches diagonally.
Then pen itself emits an infrared beam out of the tip, and those signals are received by the attachment, which are then sent to the computer to precisely interpret the pens location. Pushing down on the pen sends a separate signal which is the equivalent of a touchscreen sensing you’re touching it. It can run for up to 500 hours on an easily-replaceable watch battery.
The good news is that the Apen Touch8 will be available in North America by the end of March with only an $80 price tag. For less than the cost of brand new, touch-screen enabled hardware, you can be gleefully swiping and tapping your way through Windows 8.
Unfortunately, there is no word on a version that would work for monitors larger than 17 inches, and many of us may have just unwrapped a 19 or 21 inch LCD monitor as a gift over the holiday.