Dell Studio One Touchscreen Windows 7 PC Review
Windows 7 and Touchscreen are here
Last week I got a chance to spend a few days with a Windows 7 based PC from Dell, the Studio One. This all-in-one PC is designed in to be nearly completely wireless (power still required) and integrates an optical touchscreen interface for a unique interactive experience. I put together a short video review of the unit included below that looks at the Dell Studio One design, the touchscreen technology and how it works with Windows 7 today, general purpose computing on the machine and more.
While the video above goes into a lot more detail that the images and provided text below, I have both available here for those of you that don't want to watch the video or can't because of your pestering boss hovering around behind you.
This is my first time with extended usage on a touchscreen computer and I have to say that it was a mixed experience. In the applications where touch controls were implemented well, such as with the Surface Globe and Photo applications, the touch experience was well beyond that of a keyboard and mouse. And even applications such as Internet Explorer
that had nice touches like the one and two finger scrolling would make a countertop-based PC a nice thing to have in any household.
There were some hiccups though - touching anything at the very edges of the screen was VERY hard to do as the Dell Studio One has a raised bezel along the outer edge of the screen that hinders your finger from getting up right along the side. That made hitting the X button to close windows pretty hard in non-touch-based applications and made scrolling in FireFox (that doesn't support the 1 or 2 finger scrolling) a pain in the neck (or hand). The onscreen keyboard is also hard to "pull out" from the side of the display for the very same reason. Microsoft needs to make sure it's own internal developers realize that not everyone using a touch PC is on a stylus-based notebook now.
Overall I have to admit that the idea of getting a touchscreen PC for the kitchen area is pretty appealing now after having used the Dell Studio One for a few days. I would definitely recommend something with more power than the traditional "nettop" based touchscreen PCs with Atom processors if only to get support for Flash video of all types. The Dell Studio One starts at $899 with multitouch support and Windows 7 - so its not exactly an impulse purchase like some of the nettops we have seen coming down the pipeline.
Your mileage may vary but with Windows 7 right around the corner (okay, it's really here) touch applications may finally get the boost we have been waiting for to make these types of PC truly a must have.
There are lot more details with more commentary in the video review above, so be sure to check it out!