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These days, organizations can find it tough to keep driving user productivity and collaboration. That’s why Dell R&D and product development teams keep driving innovation, especially in our workstations, PCs and displays. In fact, a good place to have seen what’s “new and improved” in the Dell portfolio would have been January’s big #ces2017 show in Las Vegas.

 Tom Holland, star of the upcoming new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie at the Dell Experience at CES 2017

For anyone who didn’t make it, below are CES highlights, with some world-firsts winning CES Innovation Awards. We also enjoyed visits by Tom Holland (above), star of the upcoming new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie, who discussed the processing power of Dell laptops and Dell STEM initiatives.

Erik Strauss, executive director of software development at Sony Pictures Imageworks, told exhibit visitors:

For a movie like Spider-Man there’s only so much you can capture on set. That’s why Dell Precision workstations are our primary workstation for a team of almost a thousand artists.

Dell Canvas 27 — a CES 2017 Innovation Award honoree — was a big CES hit at the show, with a 27-inch QHD horizontal working surface that encourages content interaction through touch, a highly precise pen and totems. As part of the Dell Precision workstation family, it will revolutionize the work and creativity of graphic artists and engineers, who choose the Precision platform for its graphics power. PC Magazine called Canvas a “cool, natural evolution of the artist’s workspace” and awarded it “Best Display” at CES 2017.

Other Dell innovations shown at CES included:

New Dell Precision mobile and All-in-One (AIO) workstations

The Dell Precision 7220 mobile workstation is the world’s first mobile workstation designed specifically to handle complex content-creation workloads for virtual reality (VR) applications. In fact, it’s the most powerful Dell mobile workstation to date, with the latest 7th Gen Intel® Core™ and Intel Xeon® processors, plus NVIDIA Pascal™ Quadro professional graphics. (Available February 28, 2017, starting at $1,699. More info coming.)

The Dell Precision 5720 AIO workstation features a touchscreen and some of the best sound capabilities on the market. For example, it has 10 discrete speakers powered and controlled by digital dynamic amplifiers producing 50W per channel. Compared with the iMac, it’s three times louder, 50 percent clearer and with better bass. (Available April 6, 2017, starting at $1,599. More info coming.)

New Dell Latitude 5285 and 7285 2-in-1 laptops

Weighing less than two pounds, the sleek Dell Latitude 5285 2-in-1 laptop — a CES 2017 Innovation Award honoree — is super lightweight yet highly secure. Available security features including encryption, advanced threat protection and multi-factor authentication can help protect user data and guard against malware and ransomware. It has an auto-deploy kickstand that extends up to 150 degrees for multiple viewing angles, including laptop, tablet or desktop modes. It offers multiple ports, such as a USB 3.0 port, two USB Type-C ports, plus support for 4G/LTE and wireless WiGig docking. (Available February 28, 2017, starting at $899. More info.)

The 12-inch Dell Latitude 7285 2-in-1 laptop, due out later this year, will also be able to charge wirelessly, when combined with a WiTricity charging mat and WiGig wireless dock. Users can take the laptop with them without disengaging any wires or a physical dock. Returning to their desks, they can set the laptop on the charging mat to begin charging, while the laptop automatically reconnects to the WiGig dock and content appears on the external display. (Available in June 2017, with pricing to be announced. More info coming.)

New Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop

As the world’s smallest, 13-inch laptop, the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop — a CES 2017 Innovation Award honoree — features an InfinityEdge, virtually borderless display, with an UltraSharp QHD+ option. Its integrated security, including Hello Windows, password-free sign-in plus multifactor authentication. At less than three pounds, the laptop is super lightweight. Its premium 360-degree hinge for four, flexible positions – tablet, tent, laptop and stand modes — to suit users’ preferences. (Available now, starting at $999. More info.)

Reinventing Desktop Computing’s User Experience

The Dell XPS 27 AIO desktop computer — a CES 2017 Innovation Award honoree — has reinvented the desktop user experience with a vivid 4K Ultra HD display. It has 6 million more pixels than full HD and features Adobe RBG color, driving more than 1 billion colors in all. An optional touch display can provide even more user versatility. Like its Precision sibling, it offers sound that’s comparable to a home entertainment sound bar. The XPS 27 is the world’s first PC with two independent, down-firing full-range speakers, tuned to work with front-firing speakers for fully immersive sound. (Available now, starting at $1,499. More info.)

For even more — much more — display resolution, the Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K Monitor delivers the world’s first 32-inch 8K resolution display: More than 33.2 million pixels (280 pixels per inch), 16 times more than full HD with a billion-plus colors via Adobe RGB. Monitors with such extreme resolution are critical to industries requiring in-depth image zooming. For example, fields such as photo and video editing, medicine and diagnostic research, and oil and gas exploration are expected to be among early adopters. (Available March 23, 2017, starting at $4,999. More info.)

Dell Ultrasharp 32 Ultra HD 8K Monitor

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These Dell products are just a small peek at what’s coming out of Dell’s $4.5 billion in annual R&D investments. Whether it’s flashy CES 2017 Innovation Award honorees or more obscure innovations in compute, server, storage, networking or tools, we’re focused on helping enterprises of all sizes get more productivity, efficiency, speed and responsiveness out of each and every day.

See several more Dell products that were CES 2017 Innovation Award honorees!

Sam Burd

About the Author: Sam Burd

As president of Dell’s $48 billion Client Solutions Group, Sam Burd leads global design, development, engineering, marketing, sales and innovation efforts for desktops, notebooks, workstations, thin clients, displays, software and peripherals. Prior to his current role, Sam was president of Dell’s Client Product Group, where he was responsible for designing and developing Dell’s PC product portfolio. Since joining Dell in 1999, he has led consumer and commercial sales and marketing teams in Asia, Europe and the United States, as well as global product teams in both the client and infrastructure segments. Sam is passionate about delivering innovative technology experiences people want and some they’ve never dreamed possible. He has been instrumental in reenergizing Dell’s client business, resulting in five consecutive years of share gains, industry-leading customer satisfaction ratings and thousands of product awards. Before joining Dell, Sam advised Fortune 500 clients at Bain & Company. Sam holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Dartmouth College. He enjoys hiking, skiing and spending time with his family outdoors.