Using Display Express with touch screen PCs – Safari, so good

DX Shot

With all the hullabaloo about Microsoft Windows 8  and 10 with their touch screen optimized interface, we decided to test how well that works with Display Express.

We used a new Levovno Yoga 13″ Ultrabook, and tested performance with popular browsers. We also tested iPad and Android tablet performance.

  • Safari on iPads: Wonderful! Nice rounded buttons, and the iPad stays logged in most of the time. Plus you can save the page access as an icon.
  • Safari on Windows: Perfect! Handles hovering just fine (like the iPad) and scales for the best presentation.
  • Google Chrome: Behaves perfectly for drop-down menus, it’s easy to touch a menu and make a selection. You can stretch the image to scale, but the page will snap back to normal once you touch a button or change pages. Pages tend to flash now and then when you click a button.
  • Internet Explorer: Oddly, IE doesn’t know how to handle hovering. When you touch a top menu, the drop-down list disappears immediately when you lift up your finger to make a selection. So it’s impossible choose the option you want. The control panels can be scaled, so you can fill the screen for easy touch control.
  • MS Edge: Still haven’t learned how to handle hover on a touch screen – there’s a little bit of delay for the menus, but you have to act very fast
  • Android. All browsers can display DX pages, but performance varies by make and model. Test before purchasing
  • Amazon Fire – Pages and automation work fine on the tiny tablets

Our conclusion is that Windows 7.8, 10 and IE /Edge still have a ways to go to be fully compatible with Display Express and other applications that use standard mouse-hover menus.