It seems that manufacturers may have found themselves a new market to explore: business- and classrooms. Not to be outdone by Microsoft's Surface Hub, Dell has now joined the fray with its C7017T "interactive conference room monitor."
The CT1017T is a 70", 1920x1080 touch-sensitive display that can read up to 10 invidual touch points at once. Dell bundles the screen with two styluses for input, too. Although the company doesn't spell out the panel type, it's a fair guess that it's based on IPS technology, particularly given its 6-ms response time and 8-bit + AFRC color specification.
The input section comprises a DisplayPort 1.2 connector, two HDMI 1.4 ports along an HDMI port with MHL, and an old-school VGA input. The display includes two 10-watt speakers, along with the requisite audio input and output ports. As proof of its business chops, the C7017T also includes RJ45 and RS232 ports for remote management. Last but not least, there's a built-in four-port USB 3.0 hub with a fast-charging port, along with an extra USB 2.0 port.
Dell is asking $5000 for the CT7017T, a price that's substantially less than the $8,999 that Microsoft wants for the 55" version of its Surface Hub. However, it should be noted that the Surface Hub includes a built-in computer—the C7017T is merely a display. Dell offers a three-year warranty on this giant screen with advance replacement.
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