Dell’s Windows 10 smart workspace Canvas takes on the Surface Studio

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Microsoft designed its all-in-one Surface Studio with an innovative design that lets you fold the PC into a sloped drafting surface from an upright monitor. Now, Dell has mimicked that same idea to produce Canvas, a 27-inch Windows 10 smart workspace unveiled at the CES 2017.

While the Dell Canvas may not have all the features of an all-in-one PC, it’s meant to pair with a large display through an interactive capacitive screen. The workspace includes a puck-like control hardware called Totem, which allows you to control programs by pulling up a circular menu once you place it on the screen. The peripheral uses the same code that Microsoft’s Surface Dial taps into to integrate with any application. However, not too many apps work with these controllers at present, chief of which is Adobe’s Creative Suite.

Dell baked custom software into the Canvas to allow apps to be pinned to various corners of the display. While it’s a less notable feature, the software enables you to better manage programs on a large screen such as the Canvas.

The Canvas display is only an inch smaller than the Surface Studio, but the device looks a bit larger due to its protruding bezels. While the bezels can be clunky as they stick out beyond the edges of Canvas, they can help you keep your hands off the screen. The bezels also incorporate a magnetic strip with which you can hang a loose stylus. It also comes with a kickstand that props up the monitor in a 45-degree viewing angle.

Compared to Surface Studio’s 4500 x 3000-resolution screen resolution, Canvas comes in with a less sharp display which boasts only 2560 x 1440. Dell explains that the low resolution enables the monitor to work more seamlessly with a number of computers since graphics chips will be able to pump more power into your current creation than into the display. No matter the excuse, Canvas still pales in comparison with the Surface Studio in that regard

Dell has yet to announce pricing for the Canvas. Shipment for the workspace monitor will commence in April of this year.

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