Dell Showcases New Products at CES 2016

Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Dell

Laptops and Monitors

Dell kicked off their CES presence with a presentation that featured actor Josh Brener of “Silicon Valley” fame.  His monologues were entertaining, but unfortunately he was performing in front of a pretty tough crowd.  It was 10:30 in the morning and people were still scarfing down coffee and breakfast goods that were provided by Dell.  Not exactly a group receptive of humorous monologues at that time in the morning.  Oddly enough I was seated next to Josh's wife, Meghan Falcone, who helped provide the laugh track for his presentation.  She was kind enough to place my dirty, germ-ridden coffee cup right next to the AV equipment table when I was finished with it.  Probably a poor move on her part.

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The presentation was actually about some pretty interesting products coming to Dell this year.  The presentation was held in a restaurant in The Venetian and space was rather limited.  Dell did what they could in the space provided, and entertained some 60+ reporters and editors with the latest and greatest technology coming from Dell.

Dell had a runaway success last year with their latest XPS laptops with the InfinityEdge Displays.  The 13” model was a huge success with even Ryan buying one.  These products featured quick processors and graphics, outstanding screen quality, and excellent battery life considering weight and performance.  Dell decided to apply this design to their business class Latitude laptops.  The big mover is expected to be the new Dell Latitude 13” 7000 series Ultrabook.  This will come with a variety of configurations, but it will all be based on the same chasis that features the 13” InfinityEdge Display as well as a carbon fiber top lid.  This will host all of the business class security features that those customers expect.  It also features USB Type-C connectors as well as Thunderbolt 3.

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The Latitude 12 7000 series is a business oriented 2-in-1 device with a 12.5” screen.  This easily converts from a laptop to a tablet and is along the same design lines as the latest Surface 4.  It features a 4K touch display that is covered by a large piece of Gorilla Glass.  The magnesium unibody build provides a great amount of rigidity while keeping weight low.  The attachable base/keyboard is a backlit unit that is extremely thin.

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Finally we have the smaller Latitude 11 5000 series 2-in1 that features a 10.8 inch touch display, hardened glass, and the magnesium frame.  It is only 1.56 pounds and provides all the business and security features demanded by that market.

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Dell also introduced their first OLED laptop in the form of the Alienware 13” gaming laptop.  It features a 2560x1440 and configurations based on the Intel Skylake processor at prices starting at $1,499.

On the consumer side Dell is releasing their XPS 15” InfinityEdge model.  This is of course a larger sized version of the XPS 13 with more battery, more performance options, and that lovely larger display.  It is still quite small as compared to other 15” models and is extremely lightweight for that class of laptop.



We had mentioned a few days ago on one of the CES podcasts that Dell had seemingly fallen behind in the innovation category of monitors.  Yes, they have produced very high quality monitors through the years, but after the 3008WFP was introduced we saw fewer cutting edge features introduced into Dell monitors.  They were good products with fair prices, but companies such as Asus started to really innovate in terms of design and additions.  Features such as G-SYNC and FreeSync were first seen on other competing products rather than with Dell monitors.  Now it seems that Dell has awoken from its slumber in this particular field.

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The big release is of course the 30” OLED unit that features a 4K screen.  This is a professional level screen with a contrast ratio of 400,000 to 1.  It covers AdobeRGB and DCI-P3 color spaces and features the ultra-fast 0.1ms response time that OLEDs are famous for.  It also supports the USB Type-C connection to enable single cable power, video, and data connectivity with compatible systems.  It likely features other connections (DP 1.2, HDMI 1.4) but Dell did not detail that for us in their documentation.  The monitor is stunning in person.  It is truly hard to describe how dark the blacks are, or how vivid the picture looks.  It is also HDR compatible for future hardware and software to enable.  Price is of course a sensitive topic.  The monitor comes in at $4,999.  This is a fair price considering the panel as well as the professional market that it is aimed at.  High end Sony panels that match the specifications of the UltraSharp can reach upwards of $18,000 or more.  At nearly $5K the Dell is a relative bargain for individuals needing those features.

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The UltraSharp lineup refresh continues with new 27” and 23.8” InfinityEdge displays.  These feature the same thin borders that we saw with the original XPS 13 a year ago.  These come in Quad HD (27”) and FullHD (23.8”) resolutions.  These are IPS based panels that feature a flexible arm design with cable management, color precision, and extensive connectivity options.

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Finally we have the last two new products from Dell.  The Ultrasharp 24” and 23” Wireless monitors feature connectivity options based on 802.11AC that supports MiraCast as well as Bluetooth connectivity.  These are again IPS based displays that go to Full HD resolutions.  One added extra is that the monitor base is also a wireless recharging station that supports Qi and PMA standards.

This has been a strong showing for Dell considering that we are not into new graphics and CPU updates yet.  Their laptops continue to sell well and the company appears to be thriving after going private.  It is great to see that they are again pushing the innovation on the monitor side and I look forward to seeing these products in a testing environment.

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January 13, 2016 | 02:10 AM - Posted by Shambles (not verified)

It's amazing how a company can turn around when it doesn't have to kowtow to share holders. I can't say I'm interested in small laptops but I'm definitely impressed with the products Dell has been shipping this last year.

January 13, 2016 | 10:24 AM - Posted by Josh Walrath

I think you have a pretty good point here.  I used to be all in favor of going public with companies, but in the end it seems more counterproductive as shareholders want results now instead of planning for many quarters ahead.

January 13, 2016 | 11:24 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Agility, stability, profitability; choose two.

Isn't that the saying?

January 13, 2016 | 11:33 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What about the on-board Spy-Ware/Key certificates! Is that problem fixed, and can this business laptops get a windows 7 Pro option, for those small businesses that can not afford the enterprise version of 10 without all the spy-ware baked in.

January 13, 2016 | 11:53 AM - Posted by Josh Walrath

Good questions!  I'll ping some folks at Dell and see what they have to say.

January 13, 2016 | 11:55 AM - Posted by Shambles (not verified)

Yeah I'm at the point that i tell people if you want to own your own computer you'll need to install Ubuntu or mint. The superfish stuff is unacceptable but when you're buying a windows 10 machine you've already given up all privacy and security. It's like trying to restrict Google app permissions on an android device. Why bother when they already have full access to the entire device.

January 15, 2016 | 04:17 PM - Posted by Josh Walrath

From what information I have gathered, it appears as these Latitude lines will have a Win7 option.

January 13, 2016 | 08:20 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Dude... I'm gettin' a Dell 4K OLED.

January 13, 2016 | 08:23 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

No new g sync announcements?

January 19, 2016 | 01:54 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

When will there be a new all-in-one desktop?????????????

January 19, 2016 | 10:56 PM - Posted by niken (not verified)

I'm interested in laptops.I think you have a pretty good point here.

January 20, 2016 | 08:07 AM - Posted by boidsonly

I purchased the Dell XPS 15 9550 (i7 6700hq, 1Tb Samsung NVME, 960M 2gb, 16gb DDR4, 4K) right before Christmas. It started out on a rocky road; BIOS issues and Win 10 updates caused throttling and lockups but after updates it settled into an almost perfect machine. I looked at many laptops, and there are very nice ones from every manufacturer, but I settled on this. No regrets. A beautiful machine that performs very well. Could it have more connectivity? Sure. Could it have a better GPU? Sure. But for what it is, it's great for all my uses. You know how it is: the day you open the box, it's old tech. lol

January 20, 2016 | 11:18 AM - Posted by Josh Walrath

Glad they were able to address those problems in a fairly quick manner!

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