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Dell Unveils Canvas, A Surface Studio Competitor, As Well As An 8K Monitor And AIO

At CES, Dell announces three unique products: "Canvas," a 27-inch pen-enabled touchscreen aimed at content creators, the "world's first" desktop monitor with UHD 8k resolution, and an all-in-one system with a built-in soundbar.

Dell Canvas 27 (KV2718D)

Dell described Canvas as an “an entirely new innovation in interactive design and digital content creation.”  Although it seems the screen must be connected to a PC, it's reminiscent of Microsoft’s recently launched “Surface Studio,” which is a stand-alone computer. They both target customers that need large screens on which to draw, create music, or create other content. They both also seem to use physical wheels to control some content creation tools, although Dell seems to have “one-upped” Microsoft here by using a second physical wheel. Dell calls these “totems,” and they come standard with the device.

The touchscreen supports 20 touch points and a “highly precise” pen for sketching. The screen has a QHD (2560x1440) resolution, which is less than Surface Studio’s 4500 x 3000 resolution for its 28” screen. The Dell Canvas supports the Adobe RGB color space, whereas the Surface Studio supports DCI-P3, both of which have similarly wide color gamuts. However, Adobe RGB extends more into the green and blue space, whereas DCI-P3, a standard created mainly for digital projection devices and recently adopted by Apple for its iMac displays, focuses a little more on the red spectrum.

One big advantage the Dell Canvas seems to have is its price, which will be “under $2,000,” when it launches on March 30, 2017 on (in the U.S.).

Dell Canvas 27
Device typeInteractive pen and touch display
Operating system requirementWindows 10
Display size27"
Display typeIPS
Brightness280 cd/m2
Contrast ratio1,000:1
Pen typeElectromagnetic resonance method, 2-button Dell Canvas Pen, 2,048 pressure levels
I/O PortsInput: -Mini-HDMI-Mini-DisplayPort 1.2 -USB Type-C (including Display Port over USB Type-C) Externally available user ports: -USB Type-C (USB only, non charging)-USB 3.0 Type A x2-Headphone Jack (3.5 mm)
Cables included-USB Type-C to USB Type-C-USB Type-C to USB-A-Mini-DP to mini-DP-Mini-DP to DP-Mini-HDMI to HDMI
Dimensions17.6 x 31.2 x 0.51-0.9 inches / 446 x 792 x 13-23mm (HxWxD)
Active area13.2 x 23.5 inches / 336 x 597mm (HxW)
Weight18.5 pounds (8.4kg)

Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K Monitor (UP3218K)

Dell launched the “world’s first 32-inch UHD 8k monitor” at CES for a price of $5,000, as part of its "UltraSharp" monitor lineup. Dell’s new monitor can show four times as many pixels as typical UHD 4k monitors, or 16 times as many as 1080p monitors.

The new monitor is not only high-resolution, but it also completely covers both the sRGB and Adobe RGB color spaces. Users will also be able to calibrate the 1.07 billion colors (through an optional X-rite colorimeter).

The UP3218K monitor will be available for purchase from in the U.S. starting March 23, 2017.

Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K Monitor
Model numberUP3218K
Diagonal size/ resolution / viewing angle31.5” / Ultra HD 8K 7680 x 4320 @ 60 Hz /178⁰/178⁰ wide viewing angle
Color gamut100% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB, 100% Rec709, 98% DCI-P3 and >80% Rec2020
Brightness / Contrast ratio400 cd/m2 / 1,300:1
DesignUltra-thin bezels (~ 9.7mm) on all 4 sides
Conectivity2x DP 1.3, Audio line-out and 4x USB 3.0ports with 1x BC1.2 charging capability
ExtrasPremium Panel Guarantee, Flicker-free screenwith ComfortView (minimizes blue lightemission), Energy Star 7.0, EPEAT Gold andTCO Certified Displays

Dell XPS 27 All-In-One

The Dell XPS 27 all-in-one is a little different than your typical all-in-one device. The computer comes built-in with not 2, not 5, but 10 speakers producing 50W per channel, all tuned by Grammy award winning producer, Jack Joseph Puig. Dell said it’s also the first PC to use a pair of independent down-firing full range speakers to augment front-firing speakers for an improved sound ambiance.

The XPS 27 is powered by either a Core i5 or a Core i7 previous-generation Intel processors, Intel 530 graphics, or a choice between AMD R9 470X and R9 480X GPUs. The display has a 4k resolution and users can choose between a touch option and an “InfinityEdge” one, which gives them an almost bezel-less screen. The full Adobe RGB color space is supported by the display as well.

The XPS 27 all-in-one device is now available for sale starting at $1499.99.

Dell XPS 27 All-In-One
Operating SystemWindows 10
Processor-6th Generation (Skylake) Intel Core  i5-6400 Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.3 GHz) -6th Generation (Skylake) Intel Core i7-6700 Processor (8M Cache, up to 4 GHz)
Display-27-inch UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) touch display (300-nits) -27-inch UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) InfinityEdge display (350-nits) LED backlit, 100% Adobe RGB (typical), Dell PremierColor, >1000:1 contrast ratio, <5ms refresh, IPS 170° wide viewing angle-Dell PremierColor software selection -Stand – articulating for touch; tilt only for non-touch
Storage-1TB SATA hard drive -2TB SATA hard drive -2TB SATA hard drive + 32GB M.2 Solid State Drive with Intel RST -512GB or 1TB m.2 PCIe SSD
Storage expansionUp to 3 total bays: 2x 2.5” HDD / 1 M.2 PCIe x4 SSD slots
Memory8GB – 32GB DDR4 SDRAM at 2,133 MHz (4 SoDIMM slots – supports up to 64GB memory)
AudioTen speaker sound system powered by dynamic amplifiers capable of 50W per channel at <1% THD coupled with Jack Joseph Puig Signature Series powered by Waves MaxxAudio® Pro Over 90dB SPL tightly controlled over 70Hz - 20KHz Stereo Power (watts) ~50W per channel @ 1% THD Frequency response ~70Hz – 20 KHz
WebcamHD (720p) webcam with wide, quad array digital microphones, Hello Compliant infrared facial recognition camera
Graphics-Intel HD Graphics 530 -AMD R9 M470X 2GB GDDR5 -AMD R9 M485X 4GB GDDR
I/O PortsSide ports:  -USB 3.0 with PowerShare-SD-card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)-Audio jack Back ports: -USB 3.0 x4-HDMI-out-DisplayPort 1.2-Thunderbolt 3 (supporting USB Type-C, DisplayPort, USB 3.1, PD) x2-Gigabit Ethernet-Audio out
Wireless Connectivity-802.11 ac (2.4GHz & 5.GHz) + Bluetooth 4.0 -802.11ac (2.4GHz & 5.GHz, 2x2) + Bluetooth 4.0
DimensionsTouch: 17.1 x 24.6 x 3.16 inches / 435 x 625 x 80mm (HxWxD)Non-touch: 16.9 x 24.1 x 3.2 / 435 x 613 x 82mm(HxWxD)