Dell Intros New Line of Touchscreen Monitors

Dell during the week introduced three new touch-focused LED-lit monitors that should be ideal for Windows 8 customers who don't mind reaching out across the desk to navigate. They arrive in 19.5 inch, 23 inch and 27 inch solutions, and include MHL connectivity, meaning MHL-capable smartphones and tablets can display their media and games while receiving a battery charge in the process via a single wired connection.

The Dell 27 Touch Monitor (P2714T) and the Dell 23 Touch Monitor (P2314T) are available now in the U.S., Canada and Latin America for $699.99 and $449.99, respectively. Both models support 10-point touch input, and feature a 1920 x 1080 resolution, a dynamic contrast ratio of 8 million:1, a typical brightness level of 300 cd/m2, an 8 ms response time and ultra-wide 178 degree viewing angles. Connectivity options include the previously mentioned MHL/HDMI port, DisplayPort 1.2, VGA, audio line-out, a USB 2.0/3.0 downstream port for peripherals, and a USB 2.0 port for touch communication to the OS.

The two touch-focused displays also sport sleek, flush edge-to-edge glass, and a very unique adjustable stand that allows users to tilt the screen to a near-flat position, great for on-screen typing. "Users can naturally slide the monitor closer and tilt it up to 60 degrees to touch and type, or adapt to the requirements of their work space by choosing to wall mount the monitors or affix to the Dell Single Monitor Arm for greater panel adjustability," the company said.

The smaller Dell 20 Touch Monitor (E2014T) is now available for $249.99, but only serves up 5-point touch input. The monitor's specs include a 1600 x 900 resolution, a 2 ms response time, a dynamic contrast ratio of 8 million:1 and a typical brightness of up to 225 cd/m2. This unit also provides the same ports as the larger two in the touch-based series, but excludes the USB 2.0/3.0 downstream port. It also only has a 160 degree vertical viewing angle and a 170 degree horizontal viewing angle, and a limited tilt.

"The adjustable stand allows 5 degree forward or 30 degree backward tilt to maximize your viewing comfort," the company said. "And you can explore optional VESA-compatible mounting choices, including the Dell Single Monitor Arm (MSA14) or a wall-mounting kit (both options sold separately), for enhanced viewing flexibility."

The Dell 20 Touch Monitor will be made available in European and Asia-Pacific regions starting September 26. The two larger models will be made available in the same regions on September 18. All three models come with a three-year limited hardware warranty.

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  • RascallyWeasel
    I don't really understand why anyone would want to use a fullsized monitor as a touchscreen. Assuming such a monitor would be stood up like a regular monitor using its touchscreen functionallity would cause a considerable ammount of fatiuge in a persons arms. If someone could explain the advantages a touchscreen over a regular monitor enough to justify the price I would greatly appreciate it.
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  • John Bauer
    How about this:

    Instead of making everything touchscreen, focus on better resolutions? Anyone?
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  • digiex
    "I don't really understand why anyone would want to use a fullsized monitor as a touchscreen. Assuming such a monitor would be stood up like a regular monitor using its touchscreen functionallity would cause a considerable ammount of fatiuge in a persons arms. If someone could explain the advantages a touchscreen over a regular monitor enough to justify the price I would greatly appreciate it. "

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