CES 2017: Dell Unveils AIOs, Canvas, and More

Posted on January 6, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Windows 10 with 11 Comments

CES 2017: Dell Unveils AIOs, Canvas, and More

Dell unleashed an impressive array of PCs and peripherals at CES this week. Among the new offerings are a convertible version of its popular XPS 13 laptop, stunning new All-In-Ones, and a Canvas PC aimed at creatives.

In fact, Dell announced so many new PCs this week, it’s kind of hard to know where to start.

But you have to start somewhere.

Canvas

With the Windows 10 Creators Update on the horizon, unique PC devices like HP’s Sprout Pro and the Microsoft Surface Studio are becoming more popular. And Dell’s entry, the Canvas, is an interesting option.

Dubbed a smart workspace, the Canvas is not a PC. Instead, it is a 27-inch display that lays in front of, and works with, virtually any PC. It also works with a smart pen, multi-touch, and a unique family of totems and dials.

The Dell Canvas ships in late March and will start at $1799.

XPS AIO and Precision AIO

Dell’s stunning new AIO PCs offer gorgeous 4K UHD edge-to-edge displays and a crazy-looking area of front-mounted speakers. (There are actually 10 speakers altogether, with six up front and four in the back.) And like the Surface Studio, it can be slid forward and laid down on the desk, though in this case only for multitouch: There’s no pen option. (You can also buy versions without touch; those do not offer the same screen agility.)

Dell is also offering these PCs in both XPS and Precision brands; the latter is Dell’s workstation brand, and it differs from the XPS in that it offers Xeon processor options and slightly different GPU capabilities, plus the business-oriented flexibility you’d expect.

Dell XPS 27 AIO is now available and starts at $1,499.99. The Dell Precision AIO (5720) will be available in early April for $1,599 and up.

XPS 13 2-in-1

The new 2-in-1 version of the XPS 13 provides a 360-degree hinge that allows the device to be used like a tablet. It also provides a QHD+ edge-to-edge display, up to 15 hours of battery life, and a silent/fanless design, thanks to its use of Core m7 processors. Which, frankly, is a bit of minus.

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is now available for $999.99 and up.

XPS 15 notebook

Dell has updated its XPS 15 notebook with 7th generation Intel Core processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 100 graphics, and a fingerprint reader.

The Dell XPS 15 is available now for $999.99 and up.

Precision 7720 portable workstation

Offering VR-ready graphics, the Precision 7720 portable workstation is Dell’s most powerful yet. It can be configured with 7th generation Intel Core or Xeon processors and NVIDIA Pascal Quadro graphics. I somehow managed to miss this one at CES, unfortunately.

The 7720 is available now and starts at $1699.99.

UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K display

Dell introduced a few displays at the show, but the big news here is the UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K display, which provides a near-borderless 8K resolution display with 100 percent Adobe RGB and sRGB color gamut. For the record, 8K is four times the resolution of 4K UHD and 16 times the resolution of Full HD.

It will cost you, of course: When the Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K Monitor (UP3218K) ships in March, it will cost $4,999. My, my.

 

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11 responses to “CES 2017: Dell Unveils AIOs, Canvas, and More”

  1. 9557

    Love this stuff!  Seems like the only interesting technology being created these days is on PCs (specifically, Wintel)!  So, is the PC really dead, as everyone claims?  I think, at the very least, that remains to be seen!

    • 9201

      In reply to Darth Peachy:

      yep the PC if not dead is in terminal decline. All this aspirational stuff will not save the PC for general consumers' or standard business users, where running full fat Windows is a burden. Selling 30, 000 Surface Studios and similar devices does not change the story that the mainstream now wants simpler computing experiences.

    • 5553

      In reply to Darth Peachy:like Leo said on Windows Weekly...this is the rebirth of the Windows PC with exciting new designs that MSFT wished had happened sooner...but now it is happening and Windows 10 makes more things possible.
      And with Windows 10 on ARM...the sky is the limit.

       

  2. 214

    UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K display - Sigh...  Champagne taste - beer pocketbook.

  3. 5184

    So, what sort of graphics card is capable of driving an 8K display?  And how well will Windows handle it?  My experience with a mix of Surface Pro 4 and standard HD displays have been infuriating.  Apps, including those supposedly designed for this new high DPI era (e.g. Edge), are constantly getting confused about the size they should display their elements as.  Even just two HD displays are frustrating with apps jumping all over the place when switching from one user to another.

    • 4800

      In reply to jwpear:

      It's always best if you are going to be using multiple displays that they are identical.  Plus with 32" 8k who needs another display.

      • 218

        In reply to lvthunder:

        That's one reason why I went with one of the LG 34" monitors for my Surface.  However, even there I've had issues.  It worked well with the port on my Surface Pro 3, but never would consistently come up when plugged into the old "drop-in" dock nor with the newer "brick" dock.  I recently added a Surface Pro 4 to my gadgets and then found out the SP4 couldn't "talk" to the LG monitor via either the dock nor the port using an HDMI cable.  I had to replace it with a Display port cable and that got it working with the port, but still doesn't work via the dock.  With both the SP3 and the SP4 when the monitor is plugged into the dock, Windows knows it's there but no video signal makes it to the monitor.  I had hoped I would have avoided this nonsense with the SP4 but no luck.  The one thing that I did like is my external AOC usb powered monitor now works with the SP4 under Windows 10.  It worked fine on the SP3 under Windows 8 and even under Windows 10 until the anniversary update.  Once that was applied I just started getting, there isn't enough power to drive the attached USB device messages.

        I look forward to retirement when I won't need a portable device for work.  Then I plan on getting something equivalent to the Surface Studio for my primary home PC and a small 7" or 8" tablet for reading books, sitting in my recliner reading e-mail or playing games when I don't feel like using the Xbox One or PC.

  4. 2428

    Does any of these come in gold or rose gold?

  5. 6525

    Without DELL tag on the devices, they would look much more pleasant. With the DELL tag in medium grey on dark grey, it would at least be acceptable. DELL text in light colour is distracting from display contents.

    The 2-in-1 seems to have a barely acceptable 3:2 ratio (for Dell, this is a revolution after  their notorious 16:9 and 16:10 models) but is useless nevertheless due to the asymmetric (and therefore distracting) display position especially in portrait mode.

  6. 7037

    You could have mentioned the updated Inspiron 7000 Gaming Laptops. I realize they're not sexy like a $5000 monitor, but Dell will sell loads more 7000 Gaming Laptops than the ultra expensive monitor.

  7. 5553

    Dpi so high you need a microscope to see the pixels.

    Jobs was passed so far..he had Retina...now we have Microscope displays.

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