Dell's monstrous 70-inch touchscreen monitor takes aim at Microsoft's Surface Hub

Dell's got a new mega-display that's not high end, but will appeal to any company or school looking for a friendlier price.

Dell's following Microsoft down the path of mega-displays with a new 70-inch touchscreen called the Dell 70 Interactive Conference Room Monitor (ICRM).

The monitor isn’t nearly the size of Microsoft’s 4K 84-inch monster, the Surface Hub. It’s also a somewhat unfair comparison since the Surface Hub is basically a giant tablet, whereas Dell’s ICRM is just a monitor.

Nevertheless, the parallels between the devices are clear as both are meant to replace standard and interactive whiteboards in the conference or classroom.

Dell’s ICRM features the aforementioned 70-inch 10-point touch display with a more modest 1080p resolution at 60Hz. For connections, the ICRM features one DisplayPort, two HDMI 1.4 ports, one HDMI port with MHL for smartphone and tablet mirroring, and every enterprise’s favorite port: VGA.

There’s also one USB 2.0 port, four USB 3.0 ports (including 1 for fast charging), and audio in/out connections. Dell is also packaging two styluses with the 70-inch monitor, and the display features an anti-glare and anti-smudge coating.

Prices for Dell’s ICRM start at $5,000, but the monitor also requires a PC to hook up to the back. Still the overall price comes in significantly lower than the $22,000 Surface Hub.

Why this matters: Dell’s massive touchscreen monitor is rolling out just in time for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which is likely not an accident. The Anniversary Update features beefed up inking capabilities that will help improve the monitor’s usability as a collaboration tool. Dell’s ICRM promises the interactive future many are hoping to see in classrooms and boardrooms plus it’s at an affordable cost to boot.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags DellWindows 10

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ian Paul

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?