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Advantages of Resistive Touch Screen | disadvantages of Resistive Touch Screen

This page covers advantages and disadvantages of Resistive Touch Screen and its basics. It mentions benefits or advantages of Resistive Touch Screen and drawbacks or disadvantages of Resistive Touch Screen.

A touch screen is video display with embedded touch sensors. The screen is used as pointing device like mouse and trackpad. Touch screen reports position as well as pressure. Touch screens are widely used in smartphones, tablets, photocopiers and laptops. Two major versions used widely are resistive touch screen and capacitive touch screen.

What is Resistive Touch Screen?

A resistive touch screen consists of two transparent layers which can be installed over a separate video display. Each of the layers has uniform electrical resistance. Pressure from fingertip on outer layer (i.e. layer-1) forces it to make contact at a point with inner layer (i.e. layer-2).

resistive touch screen panel

Four wire and five wire resistive touch screens are available.
Refer touch screen technology basics >> for more information on touch screen technology basics and comparison between touch screen panels.

Benefits or advantages of Resistive Touch Screen

Following are the benefits or advantages of Resistive Touch Screen:
➨It is available at lower cost compare to capacitive touch screen.
➨It is highly resistive to dust & water.
➨It will respond equally well if a user wears gloves or uses a stylus.
➨It is simple to interface with mobile phones, tablets etc.
➨It is suitable for handwriting recognition.

Drawbacks or disadvantages of Resistive Touch Screen

Following are the drawbacks or disadvantages of Resistive Touch Screen:
➨It is not much sensitive and requires one to press harder. Some resistive versions require a stylus input instead of finger pressure.
➨It offers poor contrast.
➨It respond to one location input. It does not support multi-touch. Two finger gestures are not supported.
➨The flexible membrane is vulnerable to damage from sharp objects.

Conclusion: In order to understand pros and cons of resistive touch screen, one has to understand touch screen selection guide >> and advantages and disadvantages of capacitive touch screen >> in order to derive comparison between resistive and capacitive type.

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