Dell Leads With PC Peripherals At CES 2023

By Patrick Moorhead - January 23, 2023

If 2020 and 2021 were the years of remote work and 2022 was the transition year to hybrid work, what would that make 2023? I strongly believe that 2023 could be the year that we see the most disruptive products for hybrid work as 2022 was more hybrid talk then action.

Dell has some of the coolest devices for hybrid and remote work, from monitors and webcams to its XPS laptop. Dell has expanded its portfolio of hybrid work offerings with new peripherals and concepts that I believe set a precedent for the year 2023. Senior analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, Anshel Sag has covered Dell and Alienware gaming at CES 2023, which you can read about here. I want to highlight the devices from Dell that stuck out to me the most, with an update to Concept Luna and a hint at gaming. Let’s dive in.

Dell UltraSharp 32 6K monitor

Next to the device, the computer, I believe the monitor is the second most important component of a person's work environment. Home offices and work offices have adopted a hotdesking meta where more than one person shares the office space. While the device is the most important component per person, I believe the monitor has taken on a more prominent role. Families and hotdesking office managers are more apt to spend more on a monitor because its used by more than one party. Windows 11 improved windowing capabilities help as well as it's easier to use a larger display. All that to say, the quality of the monitor is higher than ever, and Dell knows it.

Dell announced the Dell UltraSharp 32 6K monitor, the first 6K-resolution monitor with IPS black panel technology. The Dell UltraSharp 32 6K monitor has a 2,000:1 contrast ratio with a wide color gamut that supports 1.07 billion colors and is VESA DisplayHDR 600 certified. In terms of raw specs, the Dell UltraSharp monitor has the specifications to please most professionals and enthusiasts. It also supports ComfortView Plus, which reduces blue light emissions and is a must-have in my book.

I am impressed with the versatility that the monitor brings to an office space with its built-in auto KVM (keyboard, video, and mouse) switch, built-in webcam, and Thunderbolt 4 support. The KVM switch allows two devices to be connected to the monitor at once, and the peripherals connected to the monitor and monitor can switch between devices. On top of this, two systems could be used at once: Picture-in-Picture (PIP) or Picture-by-Picture (PBP). These are very useful features to have for hotdesking scenarios and shared workspaces.

The Dell UltraSharp 32 6K monitor in picture-by-picture mode. DELL TECHNOLOGIES

It Also Has A Built-In 4K Webcam With AI Auto Framing 2.0 And True Color With Digital Overlap HDR. If You Have Read My Review Of Dell's Ultrasharp 4K Webcam You Will Know That I Appreciated The Quality And Performance, And This Built-In Webcam Has All Of The Same Features. The Built-In 4K Webcam In The Dell UltraSharp Monitor Looks To Carry On The Same Great Qualities Of The UltraSharp 4K Webcam. My Only Concern Is That It Is Built Into The Top Of The Display, Leaving Little Room For Adjustability. I Believe The Dell Peripheral Manager's Customizability And Ease Of Use Make Up For It.

The UltraSharp 6k monitor also has a single cable Thunderbolt 4 connectivity hub with 140W of power delivery built-in, drastically reducing the cable clutter and maximizing device connectivity. The monitor has many ports, including two USB-A with 10Gbps speeds and a USB-C with 10Gbps speeds on the front. It is also compatible with macOS and Windows devices. To put into perspective how much connectivity this monitor has, the Anker 777 has 12 ports for connectivity, and the UltraSharp 6K monitor hub has 13. I think Dell understands that these monitors are now more than just screens.

Dell Premier Collaboration Keyboard and Rechargeable Mouse

Dell announced a new and exciting Keyboard and mouse combo with very cool and novel features. The Collaboration Keyboard KB900 is the first ever Zoom-certified keyboard with capacitive buttons above the arrow keys for muting/unmuting, toggling video, screen sharing, and chat. The keyboard becomes an all-in-one control center for video calling. I believe this feature is very useful in hotdesking scenarios and for office setups that require a premium keyboard but don't necessarily need an over-the-top video call solution. All of the controls for a meeting are already on the keyboard.

The Dell KB900 keyboard. DELL TECHNOLOGIES

The keyboard also has smart backlighting with hand-proximity detection that makes for a very convenient keyboard in a room full of ambiance. This type of feature is usually seen in laptops where the device wakes up when the lid of the notebook is open, or the camera detects the user is coming and going. It becomes a useful feature for hybrid workers that are also coming and going. I would be interested to see this keyboard paired with any of Dell's new monitors for a quick and easy setup environment. The keyboard also has incredible battery life with up to 20 days on a single charge (an average of 8 hours a day or 160 hours total), and it only takes one minute to charge for a day's use. Before I can vouch for the UI, I will need to try it out.

The Dell Premier Rechargeable Mouse is just as versatile as the keyboard, with wireless connectivity, a 3-month charge, and the ability to switch between 3 devices. It has an RF 2.4GHz mode and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. It has an adjustable 800 to 8000 DPI depending on a person's preferences, and ultra-smooth gliding feet that allow the mouse to work on most surfaces. Again, I haven't used it yet, but it sounds great.

The Dell MS900 can be used on almost every surfaceDELL TECHNOLOGIES

Concept Luna

Considering that CES is full of concepts and futuristic technologies, I could not pass up talking about Dell's Project Luna. Project Luna was showcased at last year's CES 2022, and although it is still a concept, I believe Dell is making great progress in making it a reality. Project Luna is designed so that laptop parts can be more easily recycled and reused. Project Luna shows how a laptop could be engineered to have a few screws rather than today's screws, glue and solder methods and be disassembled in minutes.

This year, Dell introduced intelligent telemetry and robotics automation to the Luna concept, shifting it past a laptop concept. Dell says this telemetry and robotic automation provides the opportunity to diagnose the health of individual system components to ensure nothing goes to waste. I think its easy to back Project Luna as a concept but practically speaking, many parties become disinterested in the concept of reusable and recyclable components when there is a loss of money involved. Project Luna's addition of telemetry and robotic automation makes the process more efficient, and where there is efficiency, there is almost always savings on the dollar.

I still think Dell should go big on Luna by committing to multiple years of exchangeable parts and create a circular economy "market" of parts. Right now Luna is a concept only, feeding pieces of mainstream designs, which is important, but not nearly as big.

The Dell telemetry and robotic automation can diagnose the health of individual components

Dell also talked more about its project nyx, which merges gaming libraries across multiple devices and screens so players are not limited to one room in their home. dell also announced many incredible additions to its Alienware lineup of gaming devices, like the Alienware M18, its most powerful and largest gaming notebook. although I did not cover dell and Alienware's newest gaming devices At CES 2023 as it would need its own coverage, keep your eye out for Moor Insights & Strategy.

Wrapping up

The Dell UltraSharp 32 6K is the first 6K-resolution monitor with IPS black panel technology, a built-in 4K webcam, and a Thunderbolt 4 hub. It is a versatile device with multi-device connectivity and a built-in KVM switch. Paired with the Dell Premier Collaboration Keyboard and Rechargeable Mouse, I believe Dell has one of the most premium setups.

I am impressed with the charging on the Collaboration Keyboard. I like that Dell is introducing laptop features—the proximity sensor on the keyboard—to what is seen as a desktop peripheral. I am excited to see these devices on the show flow at CES 2023.

Note: Moor Insights & Strategy co-op Jacob Freyman contributed to this article.

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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.