Dell pushed out their new line up of Windows 8-ready devices today, and the most curious one of the bunch is the new S2340T 23-inch, multitouch monitor. Featuring a capacitive multitouch layer instead of the outmoded optical touch recognition Dell incorporated into their older all-in-ones, the S2340T employs an edge-to-edge glass design – which makes engaging Windows 8’s charm bars nice and easy.
The S2340T is more than just a touchscreen monitor, though; it also serves as a connection hub for whatever computer you attach it to. It features an upstream USB 3.0 port to connect to your computer, and two other USB 3.0 ports as well as Ethernet for connecting the rest of your peripherals.
Underneath the touch layer sits a 1920×1080 resolution IPS panel with an LED backlight. Thanks to the IPS technology, you’ll get 178° viewing angles both horizontally and vertically, which is important given the S2340T’s ability to lay flat against the table. It also offers up a respectable 1000:1 contrast ratio.
Like most Dell monitors these days, the new model features an integrated webcam and microphone for video calls.
There is a downside to all of this technology, however, and that is price. The Dell S2340T Multitouch Monitor carries an MSRP of a whopping $700, though it’s currently on sale for $649.99 from Dell.com. $700 buys an awful lot of new technology, not least of which includes whole all-in-one computers from competing manufacturers, some of which include touch.
For those of you who find the S2340T a little rich for your blood, Dell also took today to introduce the new TP713 Dell Wireless Touchpad. This is the…fourth or fifth wireless multitouch trackpad we’ve seen in recent months, so while Dell might not score some originality points, it’s always nice to have choice.
Like Apple’s Magic Trackpad, the entire top surface of the new TP713 is covered with a sheet of glass, ensuring a smooth, even scrolling action. Dell says the new accessory can support up to four-finger multitouch gestures, though it doesn’t really go into what those gestures are – unlike in OS X, there’s no real set of discrete multitouch gestures for Windows that can transition between devices.
The TP713 takes two AAA batteries and can last up to a couple of months on a charge. Dell will start shipping the touchpad within the next couple of weeks for a reasonable $69.99.