Windows 8 really needs a touch-screen monitor to get the most out of it. My old monitor wasn't touch-screen, nor was it capable of playing Hi-Definition Blu-Ray files. I made the decision to change it when I downloaded Windows 8 & buy a new one with HD & touch-screen features.
I didn't want to spend a fortune, so I bought the Iiyama T2250MTS at around £220. This was the most cost-effective monitor I could find, & it received some favourable reviews on this website. Mine came from Germany & took a week to get here, but it was worth the wait.
The monitor comes with all the required leads, including a 1 metre long USB cable for the touch-screen input. Installation was a breeze & it did not require calibration. The display is very bright & well defined at 1920 x 1080. Unlike my previous monitor, there are no discernible dead pixels, at least where it counts most. Although there is audio on this monitor, it sounds worse than an old 1960's transistor radio & should only be used as a last resort.
Colour & image stability are very good, Refresh rate is 60Hz, which is fine. The monitor has a highly polished screen, which can cause reflective problems, so be careful where you place it. Mine is not in an area where lights or sunlight have much of an effect, but if you're used to a matte screen monitor, you will notice the glare on this one.
The monitor comes with a built-in pen for the touch-screen, which is a nice little thought by the manufacturer. All the controls are at the front & are easy to use. There isn't an HDMI input, but it doesn't need this anyway, as full 1080 HD comes as standard. The contrast ratio leaves a bit to be desired, but at this price point it's still pretty good & doesn't detract too much from the overall performance. Reliability is something that I can only comment on through time, but I will update this review if there are any issues.
If you want a good, cost-effective monitor, this one seems to fit the bill very well.