Wednesday January 25, 2017

Dell Unveils 55- and 86-Inch 4K Interactive Touch Monitors, Priced From "Below $5,000"

While these are meant for the education and business markets, there is nothing stopping those of you with fatter wallets who want some of the biggest touchscreen experiences available. I have tried the Surface Hub (a comparable device) at the Microsoft Store, and while manipulating a giant screen with your finger is extremely entertaining, I would rather sacrifice touch functionality and save some cash by getting a similarly sized television. Dell’s offerings here are a lot cheaper than Microsoft’s solution, though: the 55" will be available for under $5K, while the 86" will fall under $11K. Comparatively, the Surface Hub starts at $8,999 for the 55" version, and $21,999 for the 84" model.

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Dell has announced two large touchscreen displays for the education and business markets. The giant monitors invite obvious comparisons with Microsoft's Surface Hub devices, but unlike those machines, Dell's new Interactive Touch Monitors require a separate PC to be connected to them. Dell's touchscreens will be offered in 55- and 86-inch configurations, similar in size to the Surface Hub options (55- and 84-inches). But both Dell models will come with 4K (3840x2160px) resolution, whereas Microsoft's 55-inch Hub only has a Full HD (1920x1080px) display. Dell previously offered a 70-inch Interactive Touch Monitor with Full HD resolution. The Dell monitors support up to 20 simultaneous touch-points, along with 'InGlass' touch technology which the company says "allows for a natural writing experience" using the two passive styluses that are included. Anti-glare and anti-smudge coating on the glass is also part of the package.