It seems that Dell has taken the challenge to compete with Apple in the all-in-one PC category. Matching the iMac for feature, style, and functionality, the Dell XPS One 27 has arrived to take a share of this market. The XPS 27 is one of the first Dell products to run on Ivy Bridge processors with a choice of either Core i5 or i7. There’s also the optional NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M if you want some serious image processing power.
It also has 4GB RAM which can be upgraded to up to 16GB, internal storage starting from 1TB to 2TB, plus expanded storage from a 32GB SSD which allows for faster start-ups via Intel’s Smart Response Technology. Unlike other Dell all-in-one offers, the XPS 27 does not lack in the style department with its sleek metallic finish.
It has a widescreen 27-inch full quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) plus all the things you can find on an all-in-one PC including a wireless keyboard and mouse and a slot-loading disc drive. For connectivity, it has four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI input (if you want to connect your consoles to the PC) and output (for connecting the PC to an external monitor), a media card reader, Bluetooth 4.0, and WiFi (N) which is upgradeable to Intel’s “Advanced” N card for wider range and faster speeds of up to 300Mbps.
The XPS 27 is not touch-enabled, which is a bit of a downer considering that the upcoming Windows 8 system will come with all those touch features. Maybe Dell might consider an upgrade to a capacitive touchscreen in the near future to take advantage of these features? Who knows? The XPS 27 matches the iMac feature for feature and beats it price-wise as its starting price begins at $300 less than the 27-inch iMac’s $1,699 starting price.
Nevertheless, rumors are surfacing that Apple is planning to make a few upgrades on the iMac including a retina display screen upgrade. Online sources also confirm that the iMac is due for an upgrade to Ivy Bridge processors soon. The XPS One 27 is already available in Asia for a starting price of $1,399 (BHD 530).