Microsoft last week introduced the world to the Surface Studio, a 28-inch all-in-one (AIO) designed primarily for professional content creators. The star of the show, however, may have been Microsoft's new input accessory, the Surface Dial.

In retrospect, Microsoft couldn't have asked for a better reception. From demanding a standalone Surface Studio monitor to declaring Microsoft now in charge of the kingdom, it seems that everyone is swooning over Microsoft's new AIO.

Everyone, that is... except Dell which apparently has been working on a very similar product for a couple of years now.

In November of 2014, Dell published a blog post discussing a concept it called the smart desk. Designed for the same target audience at Microsoft's Surface Studio, the smart desk features an "interactive zone" that combines LCD touchscreens with "innovations in user experience." Dell even has its own dial-style selection tool, a concept that's so similar to Microsoft's that it makes you wonder if the two companies had collaborated on the idea at some point.

Dell promises to share more on its smart desk concept at CES 2017 in January.

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