Dell Launches Several New Products Geared for Windows 8
Windows 8 is nearly here, with a multitude of new hardware gearing up in anticipation of Friday's launch. We've already seen W8 computers from Samsung and Toshiba, and now it's Dell's turn to show off what it can do. Dell has a Windows RT tablet, a Windows 8 Ultrabook, a wireless trackpad, and its first ever multi-touch monitor to take advantage of W8's touch capabilities. The Windows RT tablet is known as the XPS 10, and it's available to pre-order right now from Dell's site for $499 for the 32GB model or $599 for the 64GB. Both feature a 10.1" touchscreen, 1366x768 resolution, a Snapdragon S4 processor at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, micro-SDXC port, and a two megapixel camera on the front and a five megapixel one on the rear. The screen is of the IPS variety and features ten point multi-touch, but no active pen or stylus technology included. It does have, however, an optional keyboard dock that includes HDMI out, a single USB port, and a built-in battery. The keyboard can be bundled with the 32GB version for $680, while the 64GB bundle comes in at $780.
Dell's Windows 8 Ultrabook is called the Inspiron 15z, and while it looks similar to the past models, there is an optional touchscreen you can add on. It's a little under an inch thick and weighs only 4.12 pounds, so it is still fairly light and portable to take with wherever you go. Internally, the Inspiron 15z starts at $750 with a Core i3 processor, 6GB of RAM, a 500GB HDD plus a 32GB SSD, integrated graphics, and a DVD burner. Upgrades include that touchscreen (starting at $900), a Core i5 or i7 CPU, and even an 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT630M GPU. The memory and hard drive configurations remain pretty much the same, so you won't have to worry about a price increase with those.
The multi-touch monitor is the S2340T, which is a 23" screen with a 1920x1080 resolution and a 90° articulating stand to let the screen face straight up. At the base of the S2340T is a USB 3.0 port, HDMI, DisplayPort, and Ethernet jack, while the top of the monitor features a built-in webcam for some Skype sessions. As for that wireless trackpad, it's called the TP713 that is designed for the new Windows 8 gestures, like swiping from the left to scroll through applications. It may even serve as a nice drawing tablet for paint programs, if you don't mind finger painting, of course. Dell is pricing the S2340T at $650 and the TP713 at $70.
Aside from the XPS 10, all the new products should be ready to ship this week. The Windows RT tablet won't be ready to ship until December 12, 2012.