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Medion E54009 touch monitor

Go touchscreen without buying a new PC

You can also toggle between a series of built-in Opticolor modes that are supposed to suit different applications including games, video, photos of natural landscapes, text and something called ECO which seems to disable your contrast and brightness settings.

Medion Akoya Multi-Touch Monitor E54009

Good image quality and easy to configure

Thankfully, you can circumvent the display menus with direct adjustments for contrast, brightness and audio volume, plus an all-important Auto Adjust. These all work fine but Medion could have made things easier by labelling the buttons more clearly. The labels that do appear are tiny, difficult to distinguish on the shiny black bezel, and tricky to associate with upside-down buttons that you can feel by groping but cannot actually see.

Verdict

Specification comparisons with other 1920 x 1080 displays do not show the E54009 in a good light. For the same price, you could buy a 22in device with DVI, multiple HDMI inputs and a built-in TV tuner. Take away all that, as Medion has, and you would save £100. However, what you get for that extra cash is an instant touchscreen conversion for any desktop or notebook PC with a VGA port and running Windows 7 Home Premium; installation itself is a no-brainer. The image quality is very good, allowing plenty of scope for personal adjustment, and the pull-out stylus for precision touch operation is a thoughtful extra. Moreover, a digital input would have been better still, hence our conservative overall rating. ®

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Medion Akoya Multi-Touch Monitor E54009

Medion E54009 touch monitor

No digital inputs and no TV tuner, but it’s a surprisingly effective way of enabling Windows 7 touchscreen features on your PC.
Price: £280 RRP