The Bottom Line
Jul 25 2012 - Dell has done a fantastic job at putting together a premium 27-inch all in one system with the Dell XPS 27. While the pricing may be a bit high compared to many other all-in-ones, when compared to those with similar features it actually is quite reasonable. Performance is very strong and the display is incredible with its high resolution and bright color. The range of peripheral ports is also quite good for an all-in-one system if you find the need to expand it. Most of the complaints are fairly minor and easy enough to deal with such as no height adjustment or no touchscreen. Overall, this is a superb choice for those looking at a large screen all-in-one.
- Excellent Display
- Strong Performance With Dedicated Graphics
- Wide Range of Peripheral Connectors
- Display Not a TouchScreen With Windows 8 Soon To Arrive
- No Height Adjustment For Display
- Intel Core i7-3770S Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
- 2TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive With 32GB Solid State Drive For Cache
- Blu-ray Reader And Dual-Layer DVD Burner Combo Drive
- 27" WQHD (2560x1440) Display With 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M Dedicated Graphics Processor With 2GB Memory
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Six USB 2.0, HDMI (in), HDMI (out), Digital TV Tuner
- 26.1" x 19.3" x 2.8"
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, McAfee Security Center
Review - Dell XPS One 27
Jul 25 2012 - Dell's latest XPS One 27 all-in-one system is going to get some major comparison to Apple's 27-inch iMac. They both share a similar base design that has an LCD panel with a glass front and aluminum clad exterior. Dell does use a bit more plastic but most of it is confined to the rear panel that isn't visible to the user. Unlike many of Dell's past all-in-ones, it forgoes the use of the touch display which is a bit odd with Windows 8 emphasis on touch controls but frankly, getting fingerprints all over the screen can be a major pain to clean. The power supply is internal to the case which is nice and along with the wireless keyboard and mouse keep cables to a minimum.
Powering the Dell XPS One 27 is the new Ivy Bridge processors for Intel. The base is a Core i5-3450S quad core processor while the high end receives the Core i7-3770S which offers a larger cache, higher clock speeds and Hyper-Threading. Both will work extremely well for most buyers while those looking to do more demanding tasks such as desktop video will benefit from the i7 processor. It is matched up with 8GB of DDR3 memory that provides a smooth overall experience with Windows 7.
For storage, the high end version of the XPS One 27 combines a 2TB hard drive with a 32GB solid state drive setup in a Smart Response Technology cache. This gives it the benefits of a large amount of space for applications, data and media files while still providing it with fast boot times and access to frequently used files and programs. If that isn't enough storage for you, there are a total of six USB 3.0 ports on the system for use with high speed external storage devices. Four of them are on the back and two are on the side. This is a nice addition as many new all-in-ones only feature two and only on the sides of the display. An optical drive is included with the system and the preferred configurations come with a Blu-ray compatible drive for playing back the high definition media on the large display. It is also capable of handling both playback and recording of CD and DVD media.
The screen is the big standout feature when it comes to the XPS One 27. The 27-inch panel is a Samsung PLS panel with a native resolution of 2560x1440. This fares very favorably when placed side by side with Dell's 27-inch UltraSharp U2711 display with its LG IPS based panel. The screen is bright with excellent contrast and wide viewing angles. The only downsides to this display is the glossy coating that is prone to reflections and glare and it being slightly off on the color which can be corrected with calibration. The base system graphics would be handled by the Intel HD Graphics 4000 built into the processor but most will want the upgraded NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M graphics processor. This gives it better 3D capabilities and acceleration for a wider range of non-3D applications. It will allow the system to play PC games but no where near the panel's native resolution and more along the lines of 1440x900 with more modest detail levels.
One nice extra to the Dell XPS is the ability to have a high definition digital TV tuner. The only drawback is that many people get high definition TV through cable of satellite which negates the usefulness of this. In addition to this though, there is and HDMI input that would allow such a tuner to be hooked up to the display or for use with an external game console or Blu-ray player if you opt for just a DVD internal drive.
Pricing for the model tested is roughly $2000. This may seem like a fairly high price but compared to a similarly equipped 27-inch iMac, it is a good deal less. Prices and features for the iMac will likely change once Apple upgrades it to the Ivy Bridge processors. The closest other all-in-one for comparison would be the HP Z1 Workstation which uses workstation class parts such as the Xeon processor with higher associated costs but has great flexibility in terms of upgrades. Lenovo's IdeaCentre A720 and HP's Omni 27 also come equipped with 27-inch displays for more affordable prices but have lower resolution displays.