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Posted by Chuck Corbin on Jan 10, 2013

Targus Announces Touch Pen For Windows 8

Windows 8 came out last year, as many of you are aware, and the response hasn’t been great. One of the major gripes that people seem to have with the OS is the fact that it seems to have been developed for a touchscreen, and that the regular keyboard-and-mouse combo is clunky to use with Windows 8. Luckily for those owners of laptops without touchscreens there appears to be a solution coming your way!

At CES Targus, the “market leader in styluses”, has announced the Touch Pen. A special receiver is attached right next to the screen, and with the use of the pen, you have a touch screen, with no need to buy a new, expensive touchscreen capable laptop! According to Targus, you can even enable two-finger mode, all with the push of a button.

So, it looks pretty cool, and it might help users use Windows 8 a bit better, but I’ve got my own hesitations with the Touch Pen. For one, it looks like after the receiver has the screen calibrated for use it will detect where the pen is in relation to the screen, and that can provide for some problems when it comes to small gestures, like tapping the screen. And at $100 a pop, this isn’t something that you’re going to want to buy, use for 3 days, and throw it into storage if you don’t like the way it works. But, with that being said, if Targus can get it working right it might be a really good product! Expect to see it on store shelves sometime in the second quarter of the year.

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