Update November 3rd @ 2:20pm: As noted in the comments, the video and article are back from 2014. As I said in the article, the concept was teased in Adobe MAX, but I must have found an old source and misread the date. I've also embed the new video just below.
Original post below
Adobe MAX started yesterday, and Dell used it as a venue to announce their Smart Desk concept. While it draws comparisons with Microsoft's Surface Studio, especially with their dial-based input accessory, it's unclear whether the similarities stop. For instance, while they promote how it uses “Dell Precision workstation performance,” they don't explicitly state that it is a PC itself. Unlike the Surface Studio, it might be a peripheral to be paired with a full desktop, which its thin profile suggests, unless it requires a specific device that's just not pictured.
I mean, it would be possible to fit a laptop into a twenty-some-inch tablet that's designed to permanently sit on a desk, but, unless the software requires deep OS integration, you would think that going the Wacom route would be a win for both parties. While powering hardware wouldn't be an issue, you would still need to use slower-for-the-price laptop components to dissipate heat and exist in a small volume. If it does contain a PC, it would be running Windows 10, too, because that was clearly shown on the secondary UltraSharp 27 monitor attached to it. On the other hand, the interface, while nothing about it excludes being a complex driver for everyday desktops, is the sort of thing that a company would do if they're shipping it in a full PC.
We'll know more in the future as Dell spills the beans (and probably develops a marketable product to have beans spilled over). What would you be more interested in? An all-in-one or a peripheral?
Definitely looks like a step
Definitely looks like a step down from Microsoft’s surface studio.
Since the video and linked
Since the video and linked article are from 2014, Dell had the concept and Microsoft took it and ran with it??
Oh what? They teased it on
Oh what? They teased it on Adobe MAX yesterday, so I searched for a source and must have misread the date.
Yeah I had no idea this thing
Yeah I had no idea this thing existed until I saw the post, then I was the dates on the article and was confused cause I had never heard of it before. A lot of people think this is a clone of the Surface Studio when really this was first, which was surprising. Dell just left it on the shelf for Microsoft to pick it up and finish. Now Dell is in a position where they have to go “hey… this was our idea, look what we did but never acted upon it until now”
Not if they did what M$ did,
Not if they did what M$ did, which is stick last years non professional Nvidia GPU in the thing. Who wants to do any creative development on crappy gaming drivers that are not certified to work with all the professional graphics packages. Who wants to risk their workflow on any non professional graphics drivers that are de-tuned for quick and dirty rendering for the most FPS while the professional graphics drivers are specifically designed for rendering with great accuracy!
Look at M$’s joke of a system with its non desktop parts, trying to market is as professional. We all know that professional means Quadro or Radeon Pro(Formally called FirePro) professional cards. M$’s system is definitely Apple style with pricing and Apple style with the low end parts. But even Apple at least is using their custom professional drivers that are supposed to be certified with the professional graphics packages. I’ll bet you will not see too many graphics pros getting up from their Wacom Cintiqs connected to real professional workstations anytime soon!