Dell this week laid out its vision for the future of workplace productivity, which according to the company will consist in part of 5K Ultra HD monitors and so-called “smart desks” that take advantage of touch functionality. And don’t worry that Dell is getting too far ahead of itself — while readily acknowledging that certain concepts are leaps ahead of the curve, the company knows full well that it must keep making incremental adjustments to existing products to remain competitive.

It’s just more fun to look into the future, and like Hewlett-Packard’s Sprout PC, Dell’s smart desk concept features a two-display setup, only without the projector. Instead, there would be a large touchscreen monitor facing the user as normal, and a second display laying flat on the desk in front of it.

When the bottom surface is paired with a vertical display and powered by plug-ins to key ISV applications, Dell says it instinctively separates seeing from doing, putting primary work activities up close to the user while secondary ones are further away.


“Ten-plus finger touch functions as well as high-performance pen functions and gestures, paired with a new generation of tools naturally located on a horizontal surface, will allow users to easily manipulate digital content without having to step away from the task at hand. This digital desktop allows for multiple desks to be clustered around specific projects, notes that can be searched and shared, and better organization with scaling and stacking of growing content,” Dell says. “In fact, any smart desk workspace will allow users to pick up their work session wherever they left it—regardless of location. This means that the creative cycle will never miss a beat.”

There’s no mention of whether Dell intends to turn the concept into a shipping product, though as far as its 5K Ultra HD monitor is concerned, not only will it ship to consumers, but you’ll be able to place a pre-order starting November 13, with shipments to follow on December 18. To recap, the UltraSharp 27 is a 27-inch display with a 5120×2880 resolution, which Dell is banking on being a “game changer.” Details are still fairly light, though Dell said it will have six USB ports and a media card reader.

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