Dell Studio 17 offers multi-touch option… somewhere

Dell17MultiTouch-smallWord out of Electronista is that Dell snuck in a multi-touch screen option for their Studio 17 entertainment laptop. That’s on top of a bevy of powerful options, including an Intel i7 quad core processor, 8GB of memory, 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650, Blu-Ray drive, and 85 Whr battery. Sounds like a heck of a machine. If only I could figure out how to add that multi-touch option to the mix. Per the product description:

Multi-touch Display

Navigation made easy. The new, optional multi-touch display is a more natural way to interact with your laptop. Use motion-based interactions like grab, pinch, span, flick, zoom or rotate instead of just clicking. Plus, two or more people can interact at the same time, since the Studio 17 multi-touch solution supports a total of 4 fingers down. (Only available in Black Chainlink with red u-trim design as shown.)

Presumably it’s an N-Trig digitizer (Dell, 4 finger support), but I’m not sure. I’ve gone through all the options on the models they offer and cannot find that Black Chainlink with red u-trim design. I can find the black chainlink but not with the red trim. Can’t find an option for the multi-touch with just the black chainlink either. I could be missing it, or perhaps they just haven’t activated the option yet. Either way, it’s a bit frustrating to see that multi-touch option splashed in the product description and have no obvious way to get it. If you can find it let me know.

Via Gizmodo

Update: Direct2Dell confirms the digitizer is the N-Trig DuoSense (presumably without support for the electrostatic pen but that does not affect support for their battery-powered pen), and they’ve provided a link to Dell’s line of touch-enabled PCs so you can spec one out.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at]


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