An updated Dell Thunderbolt Dock, meant for the office, features Thunderbolt 4 charging and enough power to support multiple 4K monitors and a variety of peripherals. Like the Dual Charge Dock, it’s modular, so users can upgrade specific components without replacing the entire unit.
The new Dell Universal Dock, which is intended for shared hoteling workspaces, accommodates any USB-C laptop, including Apple notebooks, and comes with the highest port count of any universal dock on the market, Dell says.
The Dell Dual Charge Dock and Universal Dock both ship on May 12. The former will list at $368.99 and up, while the latter will sell for $459.99 and up. The Dell Thunderbolt Dock will reach market some time in Q2 bearing a $469.99 starting price.
The new Dell Speakerphone and Slim Conferencing Soundbar, also announced today and available immediately, come with AI-equipped noise cancellation technology designed to reduce background noise, so users can hear voices more easily during videoconferences, and are Microsoft Teams certified. The soundbar also features full duplex audio, echo cancelation technology, and both USB-A and USB-C connectivity.
“So now you’re getting a really great speaker that is also a speakerphone,” says Mike Basore, senior director of Dell’s client peripherals product group.
The speakerphone sells for $99.99 and up, while the soundbar lists at $79.99 and up.
Monitors introduced today include the Dell UltraSharp 32 and 27 4K USB-C Hub Monitors. Available now, both feature new IPS Black technology that Dell says enables richer contrast ratios, deeper blacks, and better gray representation, as well as improved viewing angles. In what Dell calls an industry first, users can daisy-chain an additional 4K display to the new units via USB-C.
The 32-inch monitor sells for $1,149.99 and up, while the 27-inch unit lists at $724.99 and up.
Available now as well is the 16:10 Dell UltraSharp 30 USB-C Hub Monitor, which offers ComfortView Plus for enhanced eye comfort, multitasking features, and a diverse array of ports. It lists at $1,049.99 and up.
All of the new PCs introduced today support a revised edition of the Dell Optimizer software suite equipped with “Intelligent Privacy” functionality that automatically hides sensitive information if it detects someone looking over your shoulder and automatically dims the screen when the user looks away from it.
A new multi-network connectivity feature, which Dell says is the first of its kind, lets users connect to two wired or wireless networks at once, with reduced buffering versus previous Optimizer releases and 30% lower latency.
“That’s super important for all of the video calls we’re doing right now,” McGowan says. So is Optimizer’s improved neural-noise cancellation technology, he adds, which is designed to reduce unwanted background noise during those calls.
Dell Optimizer is included free of charge across the entire Dell commercial PC portfolio. In response to user feedback, buyers can now selectively pick which features in the package they do and don’t install. Many of the new system’s features are backward compatible with earlier Dell laptops as well.