Dell's USB 3.0 Multi-touch Monitor Doubles as Laptop Dock

15 November 2012
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Author: Ian Chiu
15 November 2012, Comments: 0

As vast majority of Windows 8 Pro tablets and Ultrabooks have a rather smallish screen in the range of 10 to 13 inches, it seems obvious larger monitors with multi-touch capability will take off (unless the new breed of Windows slates becomes a flop). Dell, in the forefront of the Windows 8 market, has recently unleashed what is touted as touchscreen laptop dock.

With a 23″ edge-to-edge glass screen, the Dell S2340T is able to recognize up to 10 fingers at once, and boasts 1920 x 1080 resolution as well as 178-degree view angle. Some argue touch monitors for desktops are primarily for showcase purpose as they simply against human ergonomics. However, if the screen lies at 30 degree angle or less to the table, usability will significantly improve. In the case of the Dell monitor, there a multi-position articulating stand that allows you to tilt the screen forward, backward or completely flat.

What truly distinguishes the S2340T from others is the built-in laptop dock (powered by DisplayLink DL-3700) but you will need to connect your USB 3.0 cable to turn on the dock’s video mode; Gagabit Ethernet; HD webcam; dual 5W speakers (located at the base’s sides); and lastly, 2-port USB hub. Dell claims the monitor will work over either HDMI or DisplayPort; though you still need to plug in a USB 2.0 cable to enable the multi-touch function. The Dell won’t work with RT so it is squarely targeted at x86 Windows 8 users. If you plan on getting a Surface Pro or upgrading your current PC to Windows 8, the Dell 23″ 2340T ($649.99) is certainly worth a look.