CES 2013: Viewsonic expands touchscreen lineup and unveils smart display

With Windows 8 now a reality, the prevalence of touch-screens has picked up considerable steam and is showing little sign of slowing down. In a nod to this burgeoning trend, Viewsonic has rolled out three new scratch-resistant, Windows 8 certified touch displays as part of its new TD 40 Series. By merging touch capability with ergonomics, the TD 40 Series aims to let users flick, swipe, and scroll their way through Microsoft's new touch-centric user interface with relative ease.

The TD 40 Series is comprised of three monitors, all of which feature 10-point capacitive touch technology. Moreover, all three are Professional Grade IPS panels with 1,920-by-1,080 full HD resolution and 20,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, so one can expect to find impressive picture and colour performance. As far as connectivity options go, each monitor in the TD 40 Series features DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, and full USB HID compliance.

Kicking off the TD 40 Series is the 23in TD2340, which features a dual-hinge stand that's capable of adjusting four-ways, and allows users to pivot it or lay it flat. Similarly, the 27in TD2470 sports a picture-frame stand that also allows it to lay flat. In addition to its larger display, the TD2470 also offers an integrated webcam. Lastly, Viewsonic showed off the 32in TD2340. Unlike its smaller counterparts, the TD2340 is geared toward commercial application, so it has VESA-mount capability, as well as a screen featuring 7H surface hardness for durability in high-traffic environments.

The TD 40 Series available is listed for North and Latin America. The TD2340 will be available in January, the TD3240 in February and the TD2740 in April, for the respective prices of $599 (£374), $2,499 (£1,561) and $799 (£499).

Viewsonic also unveiled the VSD240, a 24in 1,920-by-1,080 full HD smart display featuring an integrated 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor running the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The VSD240 offers plenty of connectivity options, including HDMI, USB ports, and an SD card reader. It also features a bevy of network connection options, like RJ45 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology. It additionally packs a built-in webcam and integrated microphone as well as integrated SRS 3D Technology speakers.

The VSD240 will be available stateside in April with a sticker price of $499 (£312).