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Dell has launched a new 86" 4K monitor, and it's a touchscreen, too

By William Gayde ยท 8 replies
Jan 26, 2017
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  1. We've seen news recently from Microsoft about the launch of their new Surface Hub displays. These massive touchscreen monitors are available in 55" and 84" models. They are aimed at businesses as well as schools for collaboration and visualization of large projects, definitely not the home user or gamer.

    Dell has just released a new portfolio of products aimed at the education market and in addition to several Chromebooks, notebooks, and computing carts, they have also launched their new line of large scale monitors. Not coincidentally, there are two new 4K 55" and 86" models, in addition to their previous-gen 70" 1080p monitor. These large displays are meant as a replacement to the chalkboard or overhead projector and many schools have begun to embrace this new Interactive Flat Panel Display (IFPD) technology.

    Previous-gen products like the SMART Board had limited touch capabilities and required an external projector and PC. Microsoft's Surface Hub has 100-point touch capability with a built-in, highly equipped PC. Dell's new line has 20 points of touch sensitivity and doesn't include a PC, but it costs about half as much.

    With a wide variety of connectivity options, Dell and Microsoft are looking at this new category of products to be used in conference rooms, design suites, and classrooms. They are big enough to allow interaction between multiple people and have a high enough resolution for text to remain readable.

    At $5,000 for Dell's 55" display and $11,000 for the 86" model, they aren't cheap. That being said, Microsoft's 55" offering is $9,000 and their 84" model is $22,000. However, for large corporations and well funded schools they could be a great new tool to encourage collaboration in the digital age.

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  2. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,510   +1,511

    Alas, my school board is way too poor to even consider these for several more years.... but it's nice to dream :)
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,399   +2,942

    84" touchscreen - that sounds useful,...at least for one type of game...

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  4. Greg S

    Greg S TS Evangelist Posts: 1,607   +443

    The vast majority of schools won't be seeing these for another five to ten years if they are successful.
  5. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,510   +1,511

    Yep :(

    I'm holding out hope that maybe my school gets selected for some sort of "pilot program" and I'd get to play.... but the odds are pretty slim...
  6. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,903   +3,350

    At this point you'd be lucky if schools get any recent technology. Trump wants to privatize the schooling system. I'd be fine with it if he had regulations in mind. Right now private schools that receive government subsidies spend far less per student per government dollar given. In other words, the company is keeping the money and less is making it to actually benefiting the student. This isn't even taking into account money paid by the student or state government.

  7. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,510   +1,511

    I'm Canadian.... but alas, it looks like both our school systems are going down the toilet :(
  8. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,903   +3,350

    My bad
  9. Inm00v

    Inm00v TS Rookie

    When a $1,600 Epson BrightLink can project up to 100" of interactive display with over 3K lumens...why the hell would any school EVER buy this? The problem isn't the technology (Schools have been degrading long before tablets hit the desks) and neither is the solution.

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