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.
In addition to "multiple ports for plug and play connectivity", the monitors can be optionally equipped with a Dell Wireless Module, priced at $199.99. The rear of the monitors also features a slot that can accommodate a Dell OptiPlex Micro PC without a separate power cord.
The Dell 55 4K Interactive Touch Monitor will be priced "below $5,000", while the 86-inch model will cost less than $11,000. Both versions will go on sale on March 30, 2017.