With the introduction of a new organic LED display and a wireless monitor that can also charge your smartphone, Dell has become the talk of CES 2016. The device manufacturer also unveiled its new Latitude Ultrabook line, designed to appeal to enterprise customers and travelling business professionals in need of a powerful but mobile laptop.
Nine of Dell's products were named CES Innovation Award Honorees this year, including several of the Latitude models, its Precision notebook, and several models in its UntraSharp line of monitors, including the new OLED display.
Monitors Designed for the Designer
“For more than 20 years, Latitude products have been a leading choice among commercial customers worldwide for their unmatched security, manageability, reliability and support features,” said Kirk Schell, vice president and general manager, commercial client solutions for Dell, in a statement. “With the new Latitude line, we are delivering commercial devices employees will desire for being thinner, lighter and more capable than many of the most popular consumer products without compromising on the security and manageability requirements of IT.”
One of Dell's eye-catching new products is the UltraSharp 30 OLED monitor, the company’s first OLED display. The monitor is targeted at professionals working in color-critical environments such as graphic arts and photography, the company said.
Dell said the monitor delivers a typical contrast ratio of 400,000:1 that provides “true black," coverage of industry color spaces such as AdobeRGB and DCI-P3, Ultra HD 4K resolution and a response time of 0.1 ms. It also supports USB Type-C, enabling single cable power, video and data connectivity with compatible systems.
The other major displays announced by Dell are the UltraSharp 24 Wireless and 23 Wireless monitors. Both can connect wirelessly to Windows-powered laptops and Android smartphones simultaneously through Miracast. The 23 Wireless also has built-in speakers and a wireless charging stand for compatible mobile devices to enhance the no-wires experience.
The UltraSharp 30 OLED monitor will be available for purchase in the United States starting March 31 for a cool $4,999. The UltraSharp 24 Wireless monitor will arrive the same day and start at $469, while the Dell 23 Wireless monitor, also available on March 31, will start at $429.
But monitors aren’t the only new devices the company is unveiling at CES. Dell is also showing off a new expanded line of Latitude machines for the enterprise user. The entire 3000, 5000, and 7000 series have been refreshed with new designs that emphasize thinner profiles and lighter weight, taking cues from its XPS line. The new Latitudes are using stronger, lower-weight materials to offer chassis that are stronger and lighter.
The Latitude 13 7000 series, for example, is built using layers of carbon fiber for greater durability without sacrificing weight. Each of the machines in the series also offer a smartcard reader, fingerprint reader, RFID reader, and security and encryption software.
The Latitude 12 7000 2-in-1 (pictured), meanwhile, was also honored at CES thanks to its low weight and ability to provide the best of both worlds in the form of a convertible laptop-tablet. The new design uses magnets instead of latches, locks, or alignment pins to more easily transition between different use modes.