The Smart Desk actually appears a bit more complicated than the Surface Studio. Microsoft’s new enterprise product is essentially a massive tablet that can sit at a comfortable angle for touch interaction for long periods. The Dell smart desk, meanwhile, is a combination of a Surface Studio-like tablet with a regular computer monitor. Dell’s version even has its own rendition of the Surface Dial that has also been under development since 2014. HP’s Sprout, by contrast, doesn’t require any hockey-puck-like controls, but it includes a scanner for making 3D images and uses a projector and special work surface to manipulate images right on your desk.
Dell’s Smart Desk displays the critical interactive parts of an application on the tablet portion of the device, while the results of that work are on the regular display.
If you were looking at a map in Street View mode, for example, the actual map would be on the tablet, while the street view photos would be on the computer screen. A composer could have a keyboard and mixing tools in front of them on the tablet, while the new composition’s various tracks would be on the monitor.
There’s no word on the specs of the Smart Desk, an official name, or even a price. All we know is that Dell will show it off at CES and will announce more about the Smart Desk at that time.
The story behind the story: Dell’s Smart Desk may be a three-year project, but it’s no surprise the device is being teased now. With Microsoft announcing the Surface Studio and Windows 10 Creators Update, this is a perfect time to promote what will no doubt be a pricey investment. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a lot of PC vendors focused on the creative professional during CES given the features and capabilities rolling out in the next major update to Windows 10.
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