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CES 2021: Dell gears up for WFH trend

CES 2021: Dell gears up for WFH trend

Dell is doubling down on the work-from-home trend. Its latest work laptops and monitors — announced at CES 2021 — are designed to give “people greater flexibility to work from anywhere”.

In a nutshell

  • Dell Optimizer software taps AI to improve performance and battery life
  • New Latitude 9420 and 9520 with automatic Webcam shutter
  • 34-inch curved Dell video conferencing monitor certified for Microsoft Teams
  • Low blue-light feature in new monitors and notebook displays

Take the new Latitude 9420 for instance. This 14-inch notebook features a Web camera that brightens and sharpens images to ensure you look your best in video calls. In addition, the Web camera's SafeShutter feature syncs with your video conferencing apps to automatically open or close its privacy shutter. Alternatively, users can opt for an Intel camera-sensing variant that can detect your presence (or lack of) and automatically sign in or log you out. The 9420 is available as a clamshell notebook or a 2-in-1 convertible. Together with the Latitude 9520, the 9420 will be sold in Singapore from March 9, though prices have not been announced.

Found in the latest Dell commercial computers, such as the new Latitude 7000 series (7320, 7420, 7520), is the Dell Optimizer software, which taps AI and machine learning to prioritise the performance and responsiveness of frequently-used apps, as well as to improve battery life. Another example of its AI smarts — it can prioritise bandwidth to your video conferencing apps to prevent dropped calls. Meanwhile, the 15-inch 7520, which has a 4K display option, and the latest 11th-gen Intel processors, will be available from Jan 12, but pricing has yet to be confirmed.

The SafeShutter feature in the Dell Latitude 9420 2-in-1.
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The Microsoft Teams certified Dell 34 Curved Video Conferencing Monitor
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Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved Monitor
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Making collaboration even easier is Dell's new 34 Curved Video Conferencing Monitor, which comes with a one-touch Microsoft Teams button. The monitor also has a sharp 5-megapixel pop-up infrared camera — supporting Windows Hello facial recognition — that hides when not in use. Dual 5W speakers and a noise-cancelling microphone complete its video conferencing capabilities. Available also in 24-inch and 27-inch sizes, the monitor is priced at S$519 (24-inch), S$729 (27-inch), and S$1,039 (34-inch). They will be sold in Singapore from Feb 17.

Dell's new video conferencing monitors all come with a low blue-light feature, dubbed ComfortView Plus. This feature is also present on the Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD Monitor (U4021QW). Its sharp 5120 x 2160-pixel resolution is ideal for content creators and data analysts. A Thunderbolt 3 connector lets it charge your computer (up to 90W) at the same time. The Dell U4021QW will launch on Jan 29 at S$2,289.

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