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Dell Unveils Multi-touch Laptop & Desktop

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Feeling the need to get a little more intimate with your computers? Dell understands your urge...

The PC giant has announced the desktop 'Inspiron One 19' and 'Studio 17' laptop each with integrated multi-touch and recognition of up to four fingers. Consequently owners will be able to navigate, draw onscreen, edit photos, swipe through playlists and much more all while your mouse/trackpad sits by feeling unloved.

As for the hardware itself, the One 19 is an affordable all-in-one PC with 18.5in 16:9 display and slightly disappointing 1366 x 768 native res backed up by a choice of Intel Celeron 450 or Core 2 Duo E5300 CPUs, up to 3GB of DDR2 RAM and a 640GB HDD. Measuring just 386 x 477 x 103mm and weighing in at 7.3Kg, the One 19 starts from £479 and could make an ideal second computer.
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The Studio 17 meanwhile is at the other end of the spectrum with monstrous 17.3in Full HD display (optional upgrade), up to 8GB RAM, the choice of a Core i7 CPU, potential 1TB of HDD space, a Blu-ray drive and JBL SRS speakers with integrated sub. That said, graphics are limited to a midrange Radeon HD 4650 chip so this is squarely aimed at multimedia rather than gaming. Prices start from £499, though I had it configured north of £1,000 with no trouble at all.

Is multi-touch a gimmick at this stage? Yes and no. On the plus side it does add extra usability, but on the downside even Microsoft's generally excellent Windows 7 isn't particularly optimised for a touch interface. The choice, as ever, is up to you...

Links:
Studio 17 Product Page
Inspiron One 19 Product Page

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