11 January 2017
Dell Canvas, the images and yes the name itself have given you an enough idea what’s the device is all about, however, it’s essential to know the perspective clearly. Dell Canvas launched at the Consumer Electronics Show is a direct competitor to Microsoft’s Surface Studio and Apple’s recently launched MacBook Pro. The idea with which all these devices have launched is same but their execution and implementation are different.
Dell Canvas is actually a giant tablet with a 27-inch display that allows the professionals or artists to take their artistry to a new level. Thanks to the available tools, the Canvas provides a seamless way for the artists to make their art effortlessly. This tablet uses an existing computer to get itself plugged in and be used for sketching, animation, or anything similar. It’s easy to connect to your PC with the cable choices include the USB-C to USB-C, USB-C to USB-A, mini-DP to mini-DP or DP, and mini-HDMI to HDMI. Dell Canvas also has an AC adapter.
The 27-inch display appears much bigger as the bezels extend out well to the boundaries of the edges of the screen. The giant Canvas has a low resolution considering the size of the display, coming at only 2560x1440 pixels. Dell pointed out that the resolution has been kept low in order to make it compatible with all sorts of computers; since graphic chips won’t have as much work to do just powering the monitor.
Dell Canvas comes with a circular knob or we should better call it the controller to let you choose the various options. This pulls up a menu in the circular form that includes various Windows specific apps.
As opposed to Microsoft’s Dial, Dell’s peripheral is called as Totem and it will be made available in two sizes at the time of shipping. Along with this, there’s a Smart Pen of course, for writing and drawing on the display.
The 27-inch display of the Dell holds 20-point touch, so two or three people could use their hands on the display at the same time. The display is coated with Gorilla Glass panel as well as the anti-glare to offer that extra resilience.
Dell Canvas offers software solutions from partners including Adobe, Autodesk, AVID, Dassault Systems, SolidWorks, and Microsoft to unleash the creative genius in everyone. The custom software of Canvas allows the users to pin the apps to different edges of the display for quick access. This handy feature helps the artists to make use of their favorite apps quickly, without even moving that knob again.
According to Dell, the company is planning to make more and more apps available and integrate on the Canvas. Dell is planning to begin the third-party development of new applications for the Canvas 27.
There’s a built-in stand that holds the Canvas 27 at low angles from 1.5 degrees to 10 degrees. An additional stand can be bought also to make the elevation even higher from 10-degrees to 85-degrees.
Dell Canvas 27 is an amazing tablet that when plugged into the existing PC can offer an artist a range of features to make their distinguishable from the rest. Dell Canvas 27 will soon offer some enhanced features like the 3D Paint and 3D Powerpoint. These advanced features will land on the Canvas through the Creators Update which is the Microsoft’s upcoming major update.
Dell Canvas will be shipped from March 30 at $1,799, which is pretty expensive but it’s a worthy gadget wherever applicable.