Dell announces trio of all-in-one desktops, challenges 27-inch iMac

By on May 29, 2012, 10:49 AM

Dell is refreshing its line of all-in-one desktops with three new models sporting 20-, 23- and 27-inch display sizes. The larger of the bunch matches Apple’s popular iMac with a sleek design and high density 2,560 x 1,440 resolution display — something 27-inch AIOs from HP and Asus released earlier this year can’t claim — while offering a starting price of $1,399, or $300 below the most affordable 27-inch iMac.

The new XPS One 27 is also the first of the bunch to use third-generation Core i5 and Core i7 processors, though we’re sure that will change as Ivy Bridge becomes more widely available.

Base specs include a 2.8GHz, quad-core i5-3450S with Intel HD 4000 graphics, along with an optional upgrade to Nvidia's GeForce GT 640M GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. There’s 4GB of RAM (upgradeable up to 16GB), a 1TB hard drive upgradeable to 2TB or (optionally) an HDD + 32GB mSATA SSD for caching, a slot loading DVD drive or optional Blu-ray drive, Full HD webcam with integrated mic, and stereo speakers.

Connectivity and expansion options are aplenty with Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Intel WiDi technology, four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI input and output, 8-in-1 memory card reader, optional TV tuner with IR blaster. The system comes with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed.

You can read some reviews and see how it stacks up next to the iMac at AnandTech and PC Magazine.

In addition to the flagship XPS One 2710 being launched today, Dell is also launching two smaller Inspiron One systems, the One 23 and the One 20. The former starts at just $749 and is available with a 1080p display, either second- or third-generation Intel CPUs (from a 3.3GHz Core i3-2120 processor to a Core i7-3770s in top-of-the-line models) and 500GB of storage as standard. Configuration options include up to 2TB hard drive but no mSATA SSD for caching, as well as AMD Radeon HD 7650A graphics.

Lastly, the One 20 starts at $529 and offers Sandy Bridge processors, topping out at the Intel Core i3-2120T, no discrete graphics, a 1600 x 900 display, and 500GB of storage.

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captainawesome captainawesome said:

Why no AMD APU's for the budget lines ?

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Slick design, looking forward to its development.

mosu said:

@captainawesome: because they're stupid, trying to match the specs of Apple and maybe a bit of Intel fanboyism at Dell.

MilwaukeeMike said:

<p>Why no AMD APU's for the budget lines ?</p>

Good question. If I remember right, AMD's integrated graphics actually performed better than Intel's. But that might be from Sandy Bridge, not Ivy Bridge.

Cota Cota said:

hmm I see they are overpriced too

Guest said:

captainawesome, "Base specs include a 2.8GHz, quad-core i5-3450S with Intel HD 4000 graphics, along with an optional upgrade to Nvidia's GeForce GT 640M GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory."

If you check even the most basic gaming benchmarks, it becomes obvious why Dell didn't bother with AMD's APU. Anyone who even remotely cares about graphics performance will spend a little more and get at least a 640M, which slaughters Trinity:

However, the CPU performance would still be lacklustre with the A10. It would have made sense if the price range was $500, but for $700 it makes no sense to go with such a slow CPU.




Most people are smart enough to see that Trinity targets the utmost budget systems and has no place in $700+ systems. Its performance is simply not fast enough for games, while the CPU performance is still lacklustre. Of course, that's the whole point of Trinity - budget laptops.

Gars Gars said:

this treat cos me to do a little investigation for prices (in my country)


I got P5K PRO with cd2duo E8600 / nVidia 9600 GTS/ 4gigs of ram + Win7/32bits and

im just ass king (dont bother with spelling )

why QX9775 costs ~700 euro?

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