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Dell Unleashes Multi-touch Monitor

Gordon Kelly


Dell Unleashes Multi-touch Monitor

A common theme at the Windows 7 launch event yesterday was the presence of touchscreen displays, but none of them could hold a candle to this...

Dell has accidentally leaked the 'SX2210T' from its support pages and it will be the first mass market capacitive, multi-touch monitor and measure 21.5in in a 16:9 aspect ratio with Full HD friendly 1920 x 1080 native resolution.

The touchscreen is said to be limited to two finger input, so we won't be getting the three and four finger swipe gestures seen on the latest Mac touchpads, but it should still draw a fair number of ooohs and ahhhs if the crowd pleasing pinching and rotating commands are built in. Other specs hold up too with a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 2ms response time, integrated webcam and HDMI/DVI inputs.

Price and availability remain unknown, but the latter surely can't be far away given the support page is already live.

In related news yet more Dell leaks have appeared this time showing an Android-based MID/smartphone with 5in 800 x 480 capacitive, multi-touch screen. Codenamed the 'Streak' it has a 5MP camera with LED flash and looks strong competition for the Nokia N900.

Don't expect to see anything official on this until 2010, but safe to say our interest is piqued.


Dell SX2210T Support Page

Dell Streak via Tinhte


October 22, 2009, 11:03 am

This is a horrible idea - I hate anyone touching my screen - think how dirty and smudged it'll get. I'll stick to a mouse/kb thank you.


October 22, 2009, 12:16 pm

Excellent - It will be nice to see what competitors like Asus, HP and Samsung come up with. Note this is optical touch (IR) not capacitive as I don't think anyone makes capacitive displays bigger then phone screens.

Built in speakers would have been nice too. Would serve well in the kitchen/diner Media Centre useage.

Price will be key though as full touchscreen PC's start at reasonable prices now.

I wonder if they will include OEM only Windows 7 Touch Pack in with this monitor..???


October 22, 2009, 12:17 pm

@mik well get hating HP as well as dell as there're releasing one too


October 22, 2009, 1:33 pm

I like the idea of good touch screens for your Home PC. I think they need to look at touch integration in Photoshop, could you image being able to use selection tools around odd shapes just by tracing your fingers rather than fiddling with the mouse!

I like the idea of an Android based competitor to Nokia's internet tablet. On unrelated but Android based news, I've got a T Mobile G1 and it got the 1.6 update this morning. Has anyone else had this? I'm not sure if it is donut but it has the swanky new market place that donut is supposed to have. As well as the search integration with appilcations and contacts.


October 22, 2009, 1:36 pm

@Mik, completely agree. The tiniest mark or smudge on my screen annoys the hell out of me - can't imagine how a screen like this would look after even a half hour's work


October 22, 2009, 4:34 pm

Having a desktop touch screen would require remodeling the whole desktop. I can imagine reaching over to my flat screen every once in a while, but extensive usage isn't really feasible. You'd need to have the display roughly where the keyboard is in a normal setup.

Oh and using it for Photoshop sounds like a bad idea, as well. Finger input isn't as exact as other input devices (think fingerpainting), so at best you'd be able to very roughly trace the shape and let Photoshop figure it out. If you want an exact, easy-to-use input device for Photoshop just get an entry-level tablet.


October 22, 2009, 5:29 pm

@Morsch: You could just use a monitor arm and pull it over when required. If you can find a use for it that's worth wiping off the fingerprints after every use.

Tim Sutton

October 22, 2009, 7:07 pm

I can't see a touch monitor on my desk for quite some time. As has been said, fingerprints and smudges would be horrific.

Grease marks aside, for a monitor to do away with a mouse completely it would have to be flat on the desk like a keyboard, angled up towards the user. Which begs the question: Where does the keyboard go?

I personally don't think most people want a touchscreen keyboard taking up screen real estate so a physical keyboard would likely be integrated into the frame of the display, and I don't think a full size qwerty board stuck on the bottom of the screen makes any sense ergonomically. It could be very interesting to see what comes from this.


October 22, 2009, 9:35 pm

What is up with the extra finger on the guys hand?

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