How to choose a right touchscreen panel?

How to choose a right touchscreen panel?

touchscreen panels

Touchscreen panels are becoming an increasingly ubiquitous part of our lives. From the smartphones we wake up to check, to the ATM machines we use and the grocery shop kiosks we browse, these interactive surfaces have revolutionized how we interact with technology. The convenience and intuitive nature of Touchscreen Panel has made them an essential feature of countless devices.

The popularity of touchscreen panels isn’t just about convenience; it’s fundamentally changing how we process information. Unlike clicking a mouse or navigating a menu with a button, touchscreen panel allow for more direct and intuitive interaction. Swiping, tapping and pinching have become second nature, mimicking how we naturally grasp and manipulate objects in the real world. This ease of use makes technology accessible to a wider range of users, young and old, tech-savvy or not.

Touchscreen Panels Type

The world is at your fingertips, literally! Touchscreen Panels have become an essential part of our daily lives, seamlessly integrated into smartphones, tablets, ATMs, and even appliances. But have you ever wondered how these magical surfaces work? A whole world of technology is hidden beneath the smooth glass, and each type has its pros and cons. Let us dive into the fascinating world of touchscreen panels:

Resistive touch screen: Think of two thin layers with a tiny gap. When you press the screen, the layers come into contact, recording your position. These technologies are very durable and can work even when wearing gloves, but compared to infrared touch screens, sonic touch screens or capacitive touch screens, the light transmittance of resistive touch screens will be slightly lower than other touch screens. Because of its super stability, it is still widely used in the field of industrial control.

IR touch screen(Infrared): A network of infrared beams crisscrosses the screen. When you touch, you disrupt the beam and the system detects the touch location. It is also very simple to use. Just stick the infrared frame directly on the surface of the monitor and use it (without considering the appearance)

PCAP touch screen(Projective Capacitive): There is a grid of tiny electrodes underneath the screen. Your fingers have electrical properties that disrupt the screen’s electric field, pinpointing the location of your touch. Capacitive touch screens provide excellent responsiveness, multi-touch capabilities such as pinch and zoom, and a clear viewing experience on most devices.

SAW touchscreen (Surface Acoustic Wave): Imagine tiny vibrations rippling across the screen. SAW Touchscreen Panel use these vibrations to detect touches. When you touch, the waves are disrupted, revealing the location of the touch. They are often used in industrial settings or special applications due to their durability and ability to withstand harsh environments.

Interactive Touch Film: It is a thin, transparent film that can be applied to existing non-touchscreen surfaces to transform them into interactive displays. They use a variety of technologies (usually capacitive) and are a great way to add touch interactivity to windows or displays, but  they require the touch film to be attached behind the glass and used through the glass.


In addition to the above touchscreen panels, there are also optical touch screens and surface capacitive touch screens, but due to the small demand, they are basically not applicable at present; if there is a batch demand, we can still provide customized surface capacitance needs.


Touchscreen Panels adaptation size and number of touchpoints

Imagine you’re buying a new phone. Games and multitasking demand a responsive, multi-touch screen, so capacitive is a clear winner. However, if you work in construction and need a screen that works with gloves, a durable resistive touch screen might be better. Similarly, an ATM in a busy lobby might prioritize a scratch-resistant IR touch screen over a high-resolution capacitive one. The best touchscreen panel depends on your life! Consider the number of touch points you need, the environment it will be used in, and the importance of image clarity. With the right choice, your touchscreen won’t just be a pretty face, it will be a perfect fit for your fingertips.

According to the different characteristics of the touch screen, it will be summarized in the following table, as a reference at a glance.


Resistive Touch Screen

IR Touch Screen

Capacitive Touch Screen

SAW Touch Screen

Interactive Touch Film

Touch Points

Single touch (usually)

Max.40 point

Multi-touch (gestures like pinching)

Single touch (sometimes multi-touch)

Multi-touch (depends on film type)

Available Sizes

Under 23.8 inch

7 inch to 120inch

under 86 inch

Under 32inch

7 inch to 110 inch


Pressure-based (layers touching)

Infrared light beams

Electrical field disruption

Surface acoustic waves

Varies (often capacitive)


High, works with gloves

High, scratch-resistant


High, good for harsh environments


Image Clarity

Lower, due to additional layers




Maintains original screen clarity


Industrial settings, public kiosks (where gloves might be used)

Older devices, outdoor displays

Smartphones, tablets, most consumer devices

Industrial applications, specialized displays

Retrofitting existing screens, interactive walls

After you read here, you should have ideas about the touchscreen panel you want. If you still have confusion with touchscreen, please feel free to contact us, maybe we can provide some useful details.

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