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Get a refurbished 22-inch touch screen monitor for $199.99

If you're looking to trick out your Windows 8 PC, a monitor like this can really help.

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The ViewSonic TD2220 is a touch-screen monitor for desktops and laptops.
The ViewSonic TD2220 is a touch-screen monitor for desktops and laptops. ViewSonic

As I know from recent deals I've shared, lots of users out there still like desktop PCs. Of course, these days all new desktops come with Windows 8, which isn't the most mouse-friendly operating system. To really make the most of it, you need a touch screen.

Ah, but touch-screen desktop monitors are pricey, right? Not today: Overrunz has the refurbished ViewSonic TD2220 22-inch touch-screen monitor for $199.99, plus $20 for shipping. I know: ugh. But it has an MSRP of $319.99 and sells new for around $295.

The TD2220 is an LED-backlit monitor with a 1,920 x 1,080 native resolution, DVI and VGA inputs (no HDMI, alas), and two-point touch recognition. That means you can use two fingers simultaneously for things like pinching and zooming. (And, of course, you can use one for things like tapping and swiping.)

There's not much more to tell. The monitor can work with a desktop, obviously, but also as a second screen for a laptop, or on a kiosk, customer service desk, or the like. Because it's a refurb, it comes with a 90-day warranty.

CNET hasn't reviewed this model, so swing on over to PC Mag for some (literal) hands-on coverage. For the record, they awarded it 3.5 stars, while some 60 Amazon customers collectively rated it 4.3 stars.

If you just want some raw specs, check out ViewSonic's TD2220 product page.

Say what you will about Windows 8 (I certainly have), but there's no question a touch screen affords a better experience. If you agree, here's your chance to add one for less than usual. Thoughts?

Bonus deal: You know how your smartphone and tablet screens harbor nasty germs that threaten to kill us all? And you know how wiping them on your sleeve rarely clears away all the streaks and smudges? What you need is a product that's designed for the job: germ warfare and screen cleaning. Like this one: Digital Innovations offers its new-formula ScreenDr Antimicrobial Screen Cleaning Kit for $9.99, with free shipping when you apply coupon code ces2014 at checkout. (The code works for all orders above $9.99.) It not only cleans small screens, but also leaves an invisible coating with oleophobic and anti-static properties to make the surface easier to clean. Plus, it has eco-friendly (i.e. non-chemical) antimicrobial ingredients to ward off bacteria. I'm a fan.

Bonus deal No. 2: The Google Chromecast is already dirt-cheap at $35, but Best Buy has it a little dirt-cheaper: $29.99 shipped (plus sales tax in most states, which more or less offsets the savings -- unless you were going to buy it at retail anyway, in which case it's an extra fiver in your pocket). The popular little dongle plugs into your HDTV so you can stream things like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube.

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