Dell XPS One 27 AiO Desktop Features Intel Ivy Bridge Chips, Sleek Design

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2012-05-29 Print this article Print

The Dell XPS One 27 is Dell’s highest end and largest all-in-one to date. Its display has four times the resolution of a 720p HDTV. With the Inspiron One 23 and One 27, the new Dell AIO will arrive in the United States in a few weeks.

Dell has introduced three new all-in-one (AiO) PCs featuring the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processors, minimized footprints with one-cord designs and what it€™s calling €œtimeless€ aesthetics that it hopes will continue to appeal to users over the long term in both office and home environments.

The XPS One 27 is both the highest-end and largest AiO that Dell has ever made. It features a 27-inch display with a Full Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels€”the equivalent of four times the clarity of a 720p HDTV. Dell is expecting an audience including photographers and video editors, whether professional or hobbyists, for the One 27, and to support such activities it has included Intel third-generation quad-core processors with Intel Turbo Boost Technology.

The XPS One 27 also offers Intel HD 400 graphics, with optional Nvidia GeForge GT 640M with 2GB of DDR5; 4GB of standard memory that€™s configurable up to 16GB, with 2 DIMM (dual in-line memory module) slots; the option of a 2TB 3.5-inch 7200RPM hard drive or an optional HDD plus a 32GB mSATA SSD with Intel Smart Response Technology; a slot-loading DVD drive with optional Blu-Ray disc combo drive; and a full HD Webcam with dual digital microphone array for video calls.

With a new stand design and metallic silver housing that Dell expects will make a nice addition to any living room, there€™s also an optional TV tuner, as well as Waves MaxxAudio 4 and Infinity speakers with integrated 7.1 surround sound.

Dell€™s two new Inspiron models, the One 23 and One 20, are family PCs€”AiOs for kitchen counters and living room desks, again with clean, one-cord designs and wireless keyboards and mice that slide under the displays to minimize clutter.

The One 23 features a 23-inch, full HD 1920 by 1080 WLED display and up to a third-generation Intel Core i7 processor, though second-generation Core i3 and i5 processors are also options.

The One 23 comes standard with Intel HD 4000 graphics, though a 1GB DDR3 AMD Radeon HD 7650A is optional. Memory can be configured up to 8GB of DD3 memory and 2 DIMM slots, and up to a 2TB 3.5-inch 7200RPM hard drive. There€™s a slot-loading DVD drive with optional Blu-Ray disc combo drive, and HD Webcam with dual digital microphone array for video calls, plus HD audio with Waves MaxxAudio 3.

On the smaller One 20, expect a 20-inch HD 1600 by 900 WLED display; 2nd-generation Intel processor options; DDR3 memory up to 6GB, with 2 DIMM slots; and an up to 1TB 3.5-inch 7200RPM hard drive. There€™s the option of a Blu-Ray disc reader drive and, like its larger sibling, it comes with MaxxAudio 3, an HD Webcam, Microsoft Windows 7 Home premium and multiple connectivity options.

€œAs part of the reimagining of our entire XPS and Inspiron portfolio, we are likewise reimagining our all-in-ones as stunning systems that are the centerpieces of any room,€ Sam Burd, Dell€™s vice president and general manager of product development, said in a May 29 statement.

In the United States, Dell is the second-ranking PC maker, shipping 3.5 million units during the first quarter of 2012€”a dip of 3.6 percent year over year€”compared to market leader Hewlett-Packard€™s 4.5 million. Globally, Dell is now in the No. 3 spot, having fallen behind fast-rising Lenovo, which, with 28.1 percent growth during the quarter, is coming faster on the heels of HP, which managed a 3.5 percent uptick, according to research firm Gartner.

Gartner analysts suggested that Dell€™s shipments were €œmainly due to low-end consumer systems, to which Dell gave low priority.€

With Burd calling Dell€™s new AiOs €œcompelling€ options and €œphenomenal values,€ and with several announcements of new Dell business lineups to come in the following weeks, Dell appears hard at work, defending its share of a market in flux.

All three AiOs are now available in Asia and will begin shipping to the United States and other countries, says Dell, €œin the coming weeks.€ The XPS One 27 will start at $1,399; the Inspiron One 23 at $749; and the Inspiron One 20 at $529.

Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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