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.


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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