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Resistive vs. Projected Capacitive

Use the table below to determining which type of touch suits your project best.

Resistive Projected Capacitive (PCAP)


Lowest Cost Additional Cost: Price difference depends on panel size, touch manufacturer, and annual production volume.
Touch Type Requires pressure on touchscreen. Can sense proximity of finger.
Need to touch with thick gloves or an object? checkbox Dependent on the conductive nature of human body. PCAP only works with thin gloves or a finger.
Touch Points Single Touch Only Dual or Multi-Touch Possible
False Touch Rejection False touches can result when two fingers touch the screen at same time. checkbox
Immunity to EMI Better Good: Can be improved with additional options which increase cost.
Appearance Reflections from an extra layer of material placed over the screen result in poor contrast. checkbox
Sliders or Rotary Knobs Possible, but not graceful. checkbox
Cover Glass checkboxSee sample with imprinted black border and logo.
Immunity to Objects/Contaminants on Screen checkbox If water gets on the screen, PCAP can mistake it for a touch. Resistive has to be touched.
Resistant to Chemical Cleaners checkbox
Durability Good Better
Impact Ball Drop Test Shards Contained Can be improved with additional options which increase cost.
Scratch Resistance checkbox
UV Degradation Protection checkbox