Now that traditional snap-in docking stations are becoming less relevant with ultrabooks (e.g. XPS 13), and since a docking station usually only makes sense next to a monitor, why not integrate the two devices?In my head, such a monitor would feature at least the following: A Thunderbolt port capable of: DP 1.2PCIe 3.0USB 3.0compatible with USB Power Delivery Thunderbolt's DP signal should be routed internally to the panel's electronics. Please don't provide a DP-out and expect us to use a jumper cable to connect it with the monitor's DP-in.A speaker/headphone out analogue port and a mic-in/line-in analogue port.A gigabit Ethernet port (with MAC Pass-through)Integrated speaker OR compatibility with a Dell SoundbarMonitor made compatible with arm mounts (i.e. the dock should be part of the monitor, and not part of the monitor base: this already kind of exists in the form of MKS14)Everything (monitor and dock features) should be powered from a single AC input. Taking the idea a little further, a few optional features come to mind: Introduce an ultra-wide version of above monitor (to cater for two-monitor setup use cases)Introduce a version of the above monitor without the dock features if it doesn't already exists (for visual consistency among desktop and laptop users in the same office space)Instead of providing a thunderbolt-in port, include a retractable thunderbolt cable of, say 20-40 cm on either the left or right side of the monitor. The cable's plug should attach securely onto the monitor's body when the cable is fully retracted (e.g. in a partially exposed pocket in the monitor's body, so that is is flush with the monitor's edge when in place and so that it can be easily extended the next time it is to be attached to a laptop). This mechanism should be robust enough that it can sustain daily extensions/retractions of the cable. Since this is likely to be hidden out of view when sitting in front of the device, it would be necessary for this feature to be ergonomically accessible by the sense of touch alone (we wouldn't want the user to have to lean over her desk and behind the monitor to locate the thunderbolt port, unlatch it and extend the cord by pulling in order to attach it to her laptop).Integrate a Dell Wireless mouse and keyboard receiver with the monitorCamera add-on which can be attached on the top edge of the displayA keyboard with special-purpose power-on button, which can be used to turn on a connected laptop. When a laptop is connected and this button is pressed, it should ignore lid state (function as a desktop from a power management perspective). It would also be great if this could also be used for hardware-enforced ACPI shutdown (long-press for 4 seconds, not sure if this can be implemented over thunderbolt though).Include a DP-out port for dual monitor setup using MST.Include some diagnostic LEDs for the laptop when connected (HDD Activity/Power). My goal with the idea for such a product is a desk which is uncluttered as much as possible, and which is functional without dangling cables or cables kept (and often lost) in briefcases or drawers. For example: Only power and cat6 cabling need to be routed to the deskThese two cables can be attached to the monitor at all times, so cable management isn't left to the userIf a wired keyboard and mouse are required, these can be permanently attached directly to the monitor's USB hub, thus making sure their respective cables aren't moved around (and unavoidably out of the monitor's cable management pathways) by the user.A connected laptop is connected to all peripherals and power via the thunderbolt port. When no laptop is attached, there are no extra cables on the desk, nor does the user need to carry cables and peripherals in their backpack or briefcase. Regarding product placement and pricing, I would expect something along the following lines: For a panel already found in Dell's range, monitor with integrated dock should be priced competitively against buying the monitor and a compatible dock seperatelyI think an ultra-wide monitor at a lower price point than the current curved offerings (perhaps with a cheaper panel?) and an integrated dock would be appealing to some roaming users (if priced competitively against a dual monitor + dock setup). Unfortunately ultra-wide seems to be carrying a hefty premium at Dell currently compared to other brands.If the following dillema arises: feature parity with existing dock or lower price point, go with lower pricing, provided you have checked all the boxes in the first bulleted list of this idea.If you're an engineer working on this and feel tempted to move dock functionality into the monitor stand to achieve feature parity with current docks, thus making the monitor incompatible with arm mounts, please don't. Hope there's others out there who think this caters to their needs, after all this isn't very revolutionary, but I think it does make sense for docking station users.
People are increasingly choosing high-resolution displays. The XPS screens are just great. Unfortunately, all XPS versions with resolutions higher than Full-HD are only offered with reflective touch displays. This is actually the main reason why we still tend to buy Thinkpads.Some years ago, Full HD was the maximum limit you could find. Luckily, this has drastically changed. For people using notebooks outdoors, and for developers, it would be just marvellous if you could also offer non-glare, non-touch versions of the QHD+ and 4K displays!
Dear team,I am getting annoyed by my pam touch the touch-pad while typing and courser move randomly. Is there anyway we can disable the touchpad while keyboard is in continous use? I am sure this could be done and it would be quite useful.I am sorry if this issue has been addressed already.ThanksIkhwan
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There are people that buy Mechanical Keyboards and it doesn't have to be flashy with RGB lights, (unless it's Alienware branded) but there's your XPS and your Optiplex audience that really doesn't need anything flashy, but they like having switches with good tactile feedback. I'm not saying make it standard, but you could offer it as a stand-alone and/or as an accessory upgrade on the product page. You could also offer a Key sampler so your home and business customers can know what they're getting into before they buy so they can get a feel for it and know how much noise it will make.
Idea is simple, take the Dell MDS14 Dual Monitor Stand and combine it with the E-Port Plus Port Replicator with USB 3.0, offer it in a dual and tripple monitor setup, with the dock being integrated into the base of the monitor stand. This would allow for a neater desk with less cables.
Since the system is weightless you should ship a free string with it to tie around your hand so it doesn't drift away like a balloon. :)
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Include LED Array Backlighting in Dell Monitors to increase Contrast Ratios.
In the Product Ideas Column include a line for Monitors and Displays.
Actualmente yo utilizo mi Laptop marca Dell tanto para el trabajo como para la universidad, el uso diario de mi maquina agota la batería por lo que tengo que ocupar el cable constantemente para cargar, en ocasiones cuando llega la noche y estoy en la universidad, la batería se descarga y debo conectar el cable pero este no llega hasta el enchufe o se me queda el cable en el trabajo y la computadora se me apaga.Me gustaría que mi laptop tenga un cargador tipo estuche portátil que al momento de cargar mi maquina con el cable se cargue la laptop y el estuche de la batería de repuesto, así cuando no tenga el cargador a la mano o este no alcance el enchufe pueda ocupar la batería tipo estuche para cargar la laptop.`