Dell's Canvas display is like a Surface Studio without the PC

It looks like Microsoft isn't the only player in town with a hot new product targeted at creative types.

Dell has introduced what it is calling simply Canvas, a 27-inch horizontal touch display that will inevitably draw comparisons to Microsoft's own Surface Studio. But there's one big difference between the two products: while Surface Studio is a full PC, Dell's Canvas is an interactive display meant for use with your current PC.

As far as base specs are concerned, Canvas' 27-inch IPS display features a 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. More importantly for those doing creative work with the display, it also features 100% Adobe RGB color gamut and supports a "highly-precise pen" with 2048 pressure levels for drawing and sketching. Perhaps even cooler is that Canvas comes with what Dell is calling Totems — think Dell's take on the Surface Dial. Like Surface Dial, Totems will open up new interactions with apps you're working in, like scrubbing back and forth in a video editor or quickly selecting from different colors to use in a sketching app.

Other little touches include a dedicated magnetic pen holder, a myriad of ports and connectors for things like Mini-HDMI and USB-C, and an optional articulating stand to give you more range of motion beyond the display's built-in legs. Yet, what is likely most appealing about Canvas is that it is just a display. For anyone who was attracted to the Surface Studio's display, but didn't want to go all-in on a new PC, Canvas should be a compelling option.

That said, you'll be waiting a few months to get your hands on Canvas if you're interested. The display is set to launch on March 30 at a fairly hefty price tag of $1,799.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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