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ErikFromOH Level 1 (10 points)

I'm looking to buy a Mac Mini for music production and want to do something kinda out of the norm. I wanna get a 32" (perferrably) touch screen monitor to use with the Mac to eliminate the need for a keyboard and mouse. Does anyone know of a good touch screen monitor that will work well with a Mac Mini?

Thanks in advance.

  • Tom Freeman Level 1 (0 points)

    Oddly enough I have exactly the same question, and for the same reasons (so it's not as out of the norm as you thought)...

     

    Anyone have any ideas?

  • thishastobewrong Level 1 (0 points)

    I have a similar need, but probably less complicated.  I just want to hook my Mac mini up to a touchscreen monitor that has the proper drivers to work with the latest OSX.  I want something that can stand abuse and doesn't have compatibility problems, preferably something that comes in multiple sizes like 15 inch, 17, 21 etc.  I see the guy who has the youtube video on installing the mini + touchscreen in his kitchen used an iiyama prolite.  they are expensive!  is it necessary to purchase such an expensive one?  i'm also interested in those who know of a POS system (e.g. the type used in restaurants, made for constant abuse) that works with the latest mac os.  thanks for any help.  G

  • John Lockwood Level 5 (7,661 points)

    I suspect most touch screens will not come with Mac drivers however the following site is for a company that produces third-party drivers including for the Mac.

     

    See http://www.touch-base.com/

     

    Note: Some screens only support two-finger guestures e.g. pinch-to-zoom but not three or four finger guestures. You might want to check with the maker of the screen since OS X supports and uses 3 and 4 finger commands.

  • ErikFromOH Level 1 (10 points)

    It's not the touchscreen I'm having trouble with. I've found a couple that will work. My problem is I'm having trouble finding this "mouse emulator" that I've been looking for. When I say mouse emulator, I'm talking about pretty much taking the track pad and making a digital version of it and putting on the screen to use. In my head it seemed simple enough but I have yet to find something that fits my needs.

  • ErikFromOH Level 1 (10 points)

    Only (so far) 2 people out of the almost 7 billion on this planet having this thought isn't out of the norm? Haha. I think that's the very definition.

  • thishastobewrong Level 1 (0 points)

    Erik - I'm sorry I cannot help you.  I remember hearing about a touchscreen that can handle track-pad-like gestures, but I'm not sure if that is what you want, and will have to dig around to find the link. 

     

    In the meantime, can you help me?  You stated you found a few compatible touchscreen monitors.  Can you point me in the right direction for a fairly seamless approach to touchscreen+mac mini?  I don't want to get into a situation where I have to have a custom driver built, if possible. 

     

    Thanks,

    G

  • thishastobewrong Level 1 (0 points)

    John,

     

    Thank you.  I've emailed the company to get a quote.  I'm concernd about cost - we'll see. 

     

    G

  • ErikFromOH Level 1 (10 points)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824016265

     

    I spoke to customer service for Planar and they said that this model should work as a normal touchscreen for Apple products.

  • thishastobewrong Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Eric.  Wow that's pricey.  We are only needing a 15 inch or so.  "Should work" is not the same as "Confirmed compatibility" and that scares me.  Any other leads?

  • ErikFromOH Level 1 (10 points)

    That's all I have found so far. "Should" made me a little hesistant as well. I believe they have smaller models as well. That's just the size I was looking for and bookmarked.

  • jonesevan Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm using a USB + VGA touch screen with my Mac Mini, but not having multi touch means it has serious limitations.

    eGalax Touch is the driver that works for me. Give it a go.

  • Tom Freeman Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Jonesevan,

     

    Any chance you could share what exact model of screen you're using?

     

    Also you say you haven't got multi-touch - is that because the screen you're using cannot support multi-touch, or because the driver doesn't support it?

     

    Thanks!

  • jonesevan Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Tom,

     

    I'm using an 4 wire overlay that was purchased off eBay. No brand name associated with it. I believe the 4 wire models can support dual touch, by the driver descriptions that are available for Windows, but Mac drivers don't.

    Here is what I got.
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/17-inch-USB-Panel-Kit-Set-Add-Touch-Screen-Function-/ 180662769175?pt=AU_comp_monitor&hash=item2a10571617&_uhb=1

     

    And drivers.
    http://home.eeti.com.tw/DriverDownload.html

     

    Hope this helps.

     

    Evan

  • twies Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi,

     

    I've been using a IIyama 17 inch screen for the last 5 years (comes with the eGalax touch driver).

    I'm using it for POS in a retail store.

    My recent quad mac mini i7 is way more responsive then the old 2008 model and that is important with touch.

     

    I want to upgrade to a better touch screen, I send an e-mail to ELO since they seem to be market leaders but no reply. Anyone using a mac mini with a 19-22 inch touch screen in a POS enviorment ?


    My current 17 screen at 1280x1024 is a little too small for just one specicic field in my POS software.

    Tom

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