Windows 8 is out, and touch screen computing has now officially come to PC users. While you can run the next Windows on your regular home computer, Dell has a few computers to choose from, plus a new monitor that can upgrade that old PC and bring the new operating system to life.
Geared at business, Dell’s Latitude 10 throws in the Intel Atom “system on a chip” processor and pairs is with a 10 inch IPS screen, covered in Gorilla Glass and featuring 10 points of multitouch.
When your fingers aren’t out exploring every point, you can make use of the 64GB of solid-state storage, 2GB RAM, and a USB port. It’s Windows RT on this machine, so it’s worth noting that no Windows XP, Vista, or 7 apps will run here.
This one isn’t out until late November, but before then, feast your eyes on the XPS 12, a Windows 8 tablet that looks very interesting.
Previewed a few weeks ago, the XPS 12 is one of the more unique tablet laptop hybrids on the market, combining the look and feel of a laptop, but throwing in a unique hinge that allows the screen to flip over to the front for when you want to use the machine as a tablet.
Featuring an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB solid state drive, and 12.5 inch Full HD touchscreen, the XPS 12 looks to be a machine for someone who can’t decide whether they want an Ultrabook Touch, or a dedicated laptop. There are some premium materials here, with aluminium, carbon fibre, and Gorilla Glass, and a $1699 starting point price tag.
If 12 inches aren’t enough and you prefer something bigger, Dell has a 27 inch all-in-one desktop with touchscreen monitor joining the Acer we previewed earlier in the week.
The XPS One 27 All-In-One with touch offers a 27 inch 2560×1440 screen, a massive resolution that few 27 inch all-in-one models we’re seeing can compete with. Inside, there’s an Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 2.7GHz, 4GB RAM, 1TB drive with 32GB solid state storage, slot-loading DVD burner with an upgrade option to Blu-ray, and 2GB of Nvidia GeForce GT640M graphics for a recommended retail price of $1899.
That’s a big screen, but you can always drop down to a smaller size, with a 23 inch Inspiron One 23 inch model coming, throwing in a Full HD 1920×1080 23 inch touchscreen display, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, DVD burner, Intel Core i3 processor and $1199 starting price.
Then again, you might not need a new computer. Maybe you just need a new monitor to let you take advantage of that touch interactivity on offer from Microsoft. Dell has something here too in the S2340T, a $699 multitouch 23 inch monitor with a glass touch surface, Full HD resolution, and support for USB 3.0 ports, headphone, and microphone.
Dell’s range should be available from its online presence soon, with pre-orders absolutely up for the products. Meanwhile, we should have some review products sent to us shortly, so stay tuned.