Saturday, December 24, 2011

Capacitive vs Resistive Touch Screens

Capacitive or Resistive - Which one is right for you?

Capacitive is best for situations that require high speed response and long lasting reliability. Information Kiosks, Point of Sales Terminals or Equipment Control Rooms. This alternative requires skin contact to operate.

Resistive is designed to allow items other than your finger to activate the touch. Area's that this type is suited to include Industrial locations where the user might be wearing gloves or for a physically challenged person that uses a Head Operated Mouse Alternative device. It also allows touch pens otherwise know as a Stylus to be used.



A Resistive touch screen is a type of touch screen that is made of several layers where as a capacitive touch screen is a type of touch screen which consists of an insulator coated with a transparent conductor. Here let me take the opportunity to compare the pros and cons of both resistive touch screen and capacitive touch screen

Resistive Touch Screen


The screens are usually inexpensive
It can be easily operated with any pointing devices
They are much more accurate than capacitive touch screens
They are easy to use and are more reliable

Multi touch support not available
These are highly sensitive to scratches
Poor visibility in sunlight
Capacitive Touch Screen


Multi touch support available
Good visibility even in sunlight
Not affected by dirt and moisture
Glossy looks
Faster and Smoother Response

Humidity must be atleast 5% to achieve capacitive effect
Expensive than resistive touch screen
Doesn’t work with pointed objects
So now, as you have some knowledge about the pros and cons of resistive touch screen as well as capacitive touch screen, you can easily judge what is better for you.