If 2020 and 2021 are the years of remote work and 2022 is the year of transitioning to hybrid work, what will happen in 2023? We strongly believe that this could be the year we see the most disruptive products in the work.
Dell has some of the coolest devices for hybrid and remote work, from monitors and webcams to XPS laptops. Dell has expanded its portfolio of hybrid work products with new peripherals and concepts that set the precedent for 2023. Moor Insights & Strategy Senior Analyst Anshel Sag covered Dell and Alienware games at CES 2023. Here. With an update to the Concept Luna and hints at the game, I’d like to highlight the Dell device that impressed me the most. Let’s dive in.
Dell UltraSharp 32 6K Monitor
After the device computer, I believe the monitor is the second most important component in the human work environment. Home and work offices employ hot desk metas, where multiple people share office space. Devices are the most important component for an individual, but I think monitors play a more important role. Families and hot desk office managers tend to spend more on monitors because they are used by multiple parties. Improved windowing features in Windows 11 help make using larger displays easier. That said, monitors are better than ever and Dell knows it.
Dell has announced the Dell UltraSharp 32 6K monitor, the first 6K resolution monitor with IPS black panel technology. The Dell UltraSharp 32 6K monitor features a 2000:1 contrast ratio, wide color gamut supporting 1.07 billion colors and is VESA DisplayHDR 600 certified. When it comes to raw specs, Dell UltraSharp monitors have specs that will satisfy most professionals and enthusiasts. It also supports his ComfortView Plus which reduces blue light emission and is a must have for me.
With a built-in automatic KVM (keyboard, video, and mouse) switch, built-in webcam, and Thunderbolt 4 support, we were impressed with the versatility the monitor brings to our office space. A KVM switch allows you to connect two devices to your monitor at the same time, and switch the monitor and peripherals connected to the monitor between devices. In addition, you can use two systems at the same time, Picture-in-Picture (PIP) or Picture-by-Picture (PBP). These are very useful features for hotdesking scenarios and shared workspaces.
It also features a built-in 4K webcam with true color with AI Auto Framing 2.0 and Digital Overlap HDR. If you’ve read my review of Dell’s Ultrasharp 4K Webcam, you’ll know that I appreciated the quality and performance. And this built-in webcam has all the same features. The 4K webcam built into the Dell UltraSharp monitor appears to maintain the same excellent quality as the UltraSharp 4K webcam. My only concern is that it’s built into the top of the display, so there’s very little room for adjustment, and I think the Dell Peripheral Manager’s customizability and ease of use make up for it.
The UltraSharp 6k monitor also features a single-cable Thunderbolt 4 connectivity hub with built-in 140W power delivery, greatly reducing cable clutter and maximizing device connectivity. The monitor has many ports on the front including two USB-A with 10Gbps speed and USB-C with 10Gbps speed. Also compatible with macOS and Windows devices. To give you an overview of the connectivity of this monitor, the Anker 777 has 12 ports for connectivity and the UltraSharp 6K Monitor Hub has 13 ports. I think Dell understands that these monitors are more than just screens.
Dell Premier Collaboration Keyboard and Rechargeable Mouse
Dell has announced a new and exciting keyboard and mouse combination with some really cool and novel features. The Collaboration Keyboard KB900 is the first ever Zoom-certified keyboard with capacitive buttons above the arrow keys for mute/unmute, toggle video, screen share, and chat. Your keyboard becomes an all-in-one control center for your video calls. We find this feature very useful for hotdesking scenarios and office setups that require a premium keyboard but don’t necessarily need an over-the-top video calling solution. All meeting controls are already on the keyboard.
The keyboard also has a smart backlight with hand proximity detection that makes it a very useful keyboard in atmospheric rooms. This type of functionality is commonly found on laptops where the device wakes up when the notebook lid is open or when the camera detects user entry or exit. It will also be a useful feature for hybrid workers coming and going. I’m interested in pairing this keyboard with Dell’s new monitor for a quick and easy setup environment. The keyboard also boasts an incredible battery life of up to 20 days on a single charge (8 hours average per day or 160 hours total), charging in just 1 minute for a full day of use. You have to try it before you vouch for the UI.
With wireless connectivity, 3-month charging and the ability to switch between 3 devices, the Dell Premier Rechargeable Mouse is as versatile as a keyboard. It has RF 2.4GHz mode and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. It is adjustable from 800 to 8000 DPI depending on personal preference and features ultra-smooth sliding feet for mouse operation on most surfaces. Again, haven’t used it yet, but it sounds great.
Given that CES is full of concepts and futuristic tech, talking about Dell’s Project Luna was inevitable. Project Luna was shown at his CES 2022 last year. It’s still a concept, but I think Dell is making great strides in making it a reality. Project Luna is designed to make it easier to recycle and reuse laptop components. Project Luna shows how you can design a laptop using just a few screws and take it apart in minutes instead of today’s screw, glue and solder methods.
This year, Dell moved beyond the laptop concept by bringing intelligent telemetry and robotics automation to the Luna concept. According to Dell, this telemetry and robotic automation can diagnose the health of individual system components to ensure leanness. I think it’s easy to advocate for Project Luna as a concept, but the reality is that many stakeholders become indifferent to the concept of reusable, recyclable components when money is lost. The telemetry and robotic automation added to Project Luna makes the process more efficient, and efficiencies almost always save money.
I still think Dell needs to go big with Luna, provide replaceable parts for a few years, and create a circular economy “market” for parts. Currently, Luna is only a concept and offers some of the mainstream designs. This is important, but not too big.
Dell also detailed its project nyx, which unifies its game library across multiple devices and screens, so players aren’t confined to one room in their home. Dell also announced many surprising additions to his Alienware lineup of gaming devices, including his Alienware M18, the most powerful and largest gaming notebook ever. We didn’t cover the latest gaming devices from Dell and Alienware, but CES 2023 will need its own coverage, so keep an eye on Moor Insights & Strategy.
The Dell UltraSharp 32 6K is the first 6K resolution monitor with IPS black panel technology, a built-in 4K webcam and a Thunderbolt 4 hub. A versatile device with multi-device connectivity and a built-in KVM switch. Combined with the Dell Premier Collaboration Keyboard and Rechargeable Mouse, I think Dell has one of his best setups.
I was impressed with the charging of the collaboration keyboard. I like that Dell is introducing a laptop feature (keyboard proximity sensor) into what is considered a desktop peripheral. We can’t wait to see these devices at his CES 2023 Showflow.
Note: Jacob Freyman of Moor Insights & Strategy co-op contributed to this article.
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