Desktop monitors typically have plastic enclosures, with aesthetics the primary concern since the monitor is completely exposed. The Elo desktop models are additionally "designed for touch," with important features such as a base which keeps the display stable when touched. (Compare with some desktop monitors integrated with touch which may wobble unacceptably, and not be properly re-approved with required agency certifications.) Other features found in Elo desktop monitors include a base removable or reversible for wall mounting, mounting holes on the base bottom for tabletop security, plus VESA mounting option, touchscreen sealing, OSD controls on the side with lock-out feature for public use, built-in speakers, flexible input/output connectivity including extra USB connections, and clean cable routing. Desktop configurations are preferred for point-of-sale, office automation, and many healthcare, medical, and some machine control applications.
It is not recommended to use desktop monitors within an enclosure, as desktop monitors can change frequently to keep up with design trends. A preferred solution is one of the chassis/open-frame monitor configurations shown below.
Rear-mount monitors are normally metal, with ventilation slots for cooling, and are designed to be used within an outer enclosure, such as a kiosk. Elo rear-mount monitors include a "minibezel," typically made of plastic, which protects the touch components and provides a watertight seal. The outer cabinet opening typically matches and covers the monitor bezel, providing its own aesthetics.
Panel- or front-mount monitors are similar to rear-mount monitors, with the exception that they are inserted through the opening from the front, with the monitor bezel remaining exposed. This is the preferred configuration for process control and machine control applications. The front panel is typically metal, stainless steel or aluminum, and may be painted. The bezel also provides a seal between the touchscreen and front panel, and between the front panel and the mounting location.
Rack-mount monitors are front-mount monitors which are specially designed to be mounted in a standard electronics rack or console, typically 19 inch. This configuration is used for many scientific, telecommunication, and instrumentation applications. Elo offers accessory kits for several of its rear-mount touchmonitors for a standard 19" rack mount.