Dell 75 4K Interactive Touch Monitor
"The interactive Dell 75 4K Touch Monitor is designed for collaboration and the office."
Beautiful 4K IPS panel
Many color and collaboration functions
Can adjust the screen for different heights
Bulky compared to Surface Hub
No dedicated area for docking laptops
Stands and brackets not included in the price
Dell is known for its monitors and laptops. We saw super-thin USB-C monitors, a huge 55-inch OLED gaming display, and revolutionary laptops like the ultra-thin XPS 13. However, with the recent announcement of the Microsoft Surface Hub 2S, Dell has also explored and you want to innovate the collaboration space and change the way you interact with colleagues during office meetings.
Go to the Dell 75 4K Interactive Touch Monitor. At $ 6,000, it's an expensive display that's probably not suitable for your home – but it's definitely a good replacement for this boring whiteboard in your office. Even better? It could even change the way you conduct meetings.
Meet to see this beautiful display
The first thing I noticed when I entered the room with the Dell 75 4K Interactive Touch Monitor was the size. Compared to the slim 55-inch Surface Hub 2S, it is huge and only slightly bulky along its metallic-looking sides. That's not a bad thing as the massive 75-inch 4K panel on the front pulled me right in. With such a large screen, I've never seen Windows 10 items like the Start menu look so nice and clear. In all its glory, the display almost asked me to play with it.
The main feature of the Dell 75 4K Interactive Touch Monitor is the IPS panel with an aspect ratio of 16: 9, a refresh rate of 60 Hz and a response time of 3 ms. This is the same panel type as the Surface Hub 2S that we already loved. So I went to YouTube and pulled a 4K collection trailer for Avengers 4, Endgame. I was excited.
When I sat across from the display, it felt like I was in a theater. I could see the finest details that were displayed on the screen, right down to the text on a beverage can. As with gaming laptops, the IPS panel ensures excellent image quality, regardless of the angle from which you look at it. Given the fact that this display is used in large, bright conference rooms, this is important.
Leave your markers at home
However, the Dell 75 4K Interactive Touch Monitor offers more than just its 4K resolution. Dell tells me that the Dell 75 4K Interactive Touch Monitor also includes some technologies that are specifically designed for collaboration. While this isn't just the case with Dell's touch monitors, it does support 20 touch points with your fingers or a stylus. Non-technically this means that several people can show ink on the display at the same time.
My photographer and I simultaneously scribbled on the display – he with the pen and I with my fingers.
To give it a try, my photographer and I simultaneously scribbled on the display – him with the pen and me with my fingers. I've seen this on the Surface Hub before, but I was still amazed. Like a whiteboard in a conference room, we can erase ink with just the palm of our hand without having to click a button on the screen.
Two passive pens are included in the price of the monitor, but up to four can be used. The pen is just a curved piece of plastic with a 2mm precision tip. The black and bulky aesthetic isn't as fancy as the silver Surface Hub 2-pin, but it doesn't use batteries and cannot be docked anywhere on the display. However, this only means that anyone can take one off a desk and color it on the display immediately without having to worry about charging.
Dell also wanted to simulate the pen with the experience of inking on the monitor on paper, and that's exactly how it felt. When I dragged my fingers and pen across the screen, the slightest resistance held the pen back like a pencil hitting the pages of a notebook. There is no delay.
How do you do all this collaboration? Well, Dell offers support for industry-standard collaboration software. In particular, Dell includes FlatFrog on the display, software that allows you to import images and ink around them. This can be very useful for presenting and marking important files in meetings. No magnets and sticky notes required to put your important items on the company's whiteboard. Simply drag it up digitally and leave it on the large 75-inch screen.
Dell wanted to simulate the pen with the experience of coloring on the monitor on paper, and that's exactly how it felt.
For easy access, you can also quickly tile and arrange the items on the display using a simple arrange feature with the Dell Display Manager software. I tried it and it was nice that the software automatically tiled four open windows into squares and displayed all of my web browser sessions.
The last collaboration experience that I tried was the most unique. Pressing a button on the side of the screen pulls the screen down to 100, 66, 50, or 33 percent. This is similar to the availability on the iPhone. Dell calls it "Screen Drop" and is supposed to improve the accessibility and accessibility during meetings. It's strange to see it in action when the top of the display goes dark, when the image on the screen moves down, but I can see that it's great for people with shorter heights who don't get to the top ink or touch the display.
At the bottom of the screen there is another touch button with which you can call up a menu for controlling the display options. Like what we saw with the Dell 27 USB-C display, it is clean and efficient. The menus are easy to understand and clearly marked. You can even navigate by touch.
Connect an OptiPlex mini desktop and enjoy?
One of the greatest strengths of Microsoft Surface Hub 2S is that the entire computing power and Windows 10 are integrated directly into a unit integrated in the display. As an all-in-one solution, it's ultra-portable and you don't have to worry about connecting a laptop or desktop to enjoy the collaboration. To my disappointment, this is the same area where the Dell 75 4K Interactive Touch Monitor falls short.
Yes, Dell has built a slot for an OptiPlex Micro PC directly into the monitor, but this is not included in the price. It's cool to see that the compact PCs can be plugged into the side, but to fully enjoy the collaboration and coloring experience, you still need to plug in your own PC and stay connected to the power supply. There is no battery support or real portability like the Surface Hub 2S.
There are a lot of connectors on the display that compensate for this, but I haven't seen any place on the display where I could "fit" an external laptop. The connection selection includes 3 HDMI connections, 1 DisplayPort, 1 VGA connection, 4 USB connections, 1 audio input and output, 1 RS232 connection and 1 RJ-45 socket. Instead, a laptop must sit on the side of the display or on a table while working together. There are many questions, and we weren't sure whether these touch functions still work under MacOS or whether a Chromebook is connected.
Get it for your office now, but at a high cost
The Dell 75 4K Interactive Touch Monitor has many cool coloring and collaboration features that can replace the standard whiteboard in your office, but it also has competition. Microsoft Surface Hub 2S is not only an option, but also the Google Jamboard. At $ 1,462 and $ 4,098, you'll also find cheaper, large-format touch displays from Samsung and ViewSonic. While these aren't designed to be robust for Windows integration and don't include as many ports, the Dell 75 4K Interactive Touch Monitor shows this is definitely not the first of its kind.
Brackets and stands are also not included in the $ 6,000 price for the Dell 75 4K Interactive Touch Monitor, so there are many additional costs. The monitor that I checked out was mounted in its own travel case, but Dell sells a separate wall mount for $ 130. Exact specifications for the wall mount are not listed, but Dell tells us that the monitor is also compatible with VESA 400X400. An adjustable "X-Large Fusion" stand, which can be used to adjust the monitor between 56 and 74 inches, costs an additional $ 1,500.
The Dell 75 4K Interactive Touch Monitor is available now from Dell. There are also smaller 54-inch, 69-inch, and even larger 85-inch sizes.