All-in-one (AIO) PCs is one of the few desktop computer areas that’s still seeing steady growth. However, despite all the innovative designs, touch improvements, impressive specifications and neat connectivity, the one thing that was lacking in this sector was quality, high-resolution screens, with the 27in iMac being in pole position for far too long.
HP started the ball rolling with its TouchSmart 610 with its Full HD IPS display, and followed it up with the Z1 workstation, a 27in machine that used the same 2,560 x 1,440-resolution IPS panel as the equivalent iMac. Now Dell, which was one of the first to bring out a consumer display using this same panel, is finally joining the premium all-in-one PC fray with its XPS One 27. Can it beat the damp impression left by the Dell Inspiron One 22 all-in-one when we reviewed it?
Specs on this XPS are certainly nothing to sneer at, with a range of Ivy Bridge Core i5 or i7 processors backed by up to 16GB of RAM, while storage can be up to a 2TB hard drive or hybrid SSD/HDD with 32GB of flash memory onboard. The optical drive goes up to Blu-ray, a Full HD webcam is integrated along with dual microphones, and there’s an optional TV tuner. For graphics you get the choice of Intel’s integrated HD 4000 or an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M with up to 2GB of its own memory.
Connectivity is equally impressive, with four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out and in, an IR blaster and RF receiver, Bluetooth 4.0, multi-card reader, and the list goes on. Doesn’t seem like a bad deal for a starting price of $1,399 (around £890, though we’re more likely to see a starting price of over £1,000 on this side of the Atlantic).
While we doubt the XPS One 27 will be as configurable/upgradeable as HP’s Z1, this is a more consumer-oriented product and is arguably more attractive, while also coming in at a far cheaper starting price. Compared to the £1,400 iMac, meanwhile, it may not be quite as pretty but it’s not only a lot cheaper but also offers more configuration choices, especially with Apple still refusing to give its consumers the option of a Blu-ray drive. Availability for the new XPS One is unknown but we should be seeing it soon.