Resistive vs. Projected Capacitive

A resistive touch screen is made of several layers. A capacitive touch screen consists of an insulator coated with a transparent conductor.  Use the table below to determining which type of touch suits your project best.

ResistiveProjected Capacitive (PCAP)
CostLowest CostAdditional Cost: Price difference depends on panel size, touch manufacturer, and annual production volume.
Touch Screen Control TypeRequires pressure on the touchscreen.Can sense proximity of finger.
Need to touch with thick gloves or an object?Dependent on the conductive nature of human body. PCAP only works with thin gloves or a finger.
Touch PointsSingle Touch OnlyDual or Multi-Touch Possible
False Touch RejectionFalse touches can result when two fingers touch the screen at same time.
Immunity to EMIBetterGood: Can be improved with additional options which increase cost.
AppearanceReflections from an extra layer of material placed over the screen result in reduced contrast.
Sliders or Rotary KnobsPossible, but not graceful.
Cover GlassNot available.See sample with imprinted black border and logo.
Immunity to Objects/Contaminants on ScreenIf water gets on the screen, PCAP can mistake it for a touch. Resistive has to be touched.
Resistant to Chemical CleanersNo
DurabilityGoodBetter
Impact Ball Drop TestShards contained.Can be improved with additional options which increase cost.
Scratch ResistanceMore easily scratched or damaged.
UV Degradation ProtectionLess protection.

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