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Product: Dell XPS One 20" All-in-One PC
Manufacturer: Dell
MSRP: $1300
Lowest Historical Price: $1099 [History]

If you have a desktop PC, chances are that you have a complete mess of cables exploding from the back panel to your various power and peripheral connections. The Dell XPS One aims to provide an integrated all-in-one desktop solution for users willing to fight the clutter with their wallets. You need just one cable to get the XPS One up and running. Just what do you get for the $1299 base price? Read on to find out.

Unboxing & Set-Up
The XPS One arrives in a large branded box that you wouldn't want to leave out on your doorstep. It's a hefty load, with a shipping weight of about 41 lbs. Once you open the box, it seems as if there is just too little padding for the delicate monitor, however everything arrived in perfect condition. Set up couldn't have been much easier. Just find a spot where the XPS One will live out its days, put the included batteries into the wireless Keyboard & Mouse, and plug in the single power cable. After the usual Vista first-boot shenanigans, you're ready to play.



Specifications
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2GHz Processor
  • 20-inch Widescreen High Definition WSXGA 1680 x 1050 LCD
  • 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz - 2 DIMMs
  • 250GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/ DataBurst Cache
  • Built-in TV Tuner with Media Center Remote Control
  • Integrated Audio & Video with 2.0 Speakers
  • Gigabit Ethernet & 802.11n Draft 2.0 Wireless
  • 8X Slot load CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW)
  • Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium

    Design
    If a computer manufacturer decides to try their hand at an all-in-one, they damn well better make sure the design measures up to what's already out there; namely the Apple iMac. While the One certainly doesn't look as clean as an all-white iMac, its overall design and execution are quite impressive. Apple has never been very good about peripheral connections, and this is an area where the XPS One is far better.



    From the front the XPS One looks like a high quality 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor with a set of side speakers. The screen is glass and the dark bezel hides several features that are not noticeable at first glance. As your hand approaches the monitor, a series of multimedia controls lights up in a nice dark blue shade. These are touch sensitive areas of the bezel, and feedback is provided by a short vibration that occurs when you press a button. The slot-load DVD burner (optional Blu-Ray) is situated on the right edge of the screen, and a half circle blue light (think an outline of the disc) indicates the presence of a disc in the drive. The front of the screen also conceals a webcam & mic for your late night chat rendezvous.



    On the left edge of the screen, you have the main power button, headphone and mic connections, two USB ports, a FireWire mini port, and a multi-card reader. One quirky aspect is that the HDD indicator light is on the left panel, so it's not visible from the front of the screen where you'd be sitting.



    Along the lines of connectivity, the rear panel of the XPS One provides an additional 4 USB ports for your jungle of extra devices. The back panel also hosts connections for Gigabit Ethernet, 6-Pin FireWire, Optical Audio, and an expansion port that provides Coax & S-Video as well as RCA audio. Hook up your cable box to the TV tuner and you'll be able to watch live TV as well.

    One of the main complaints about desktops is the amount of noise they make. I was happy to find out that the XPS One is virtually silent. I could hear the hard drive activity, but the fan noise was almost imperceptible. The case design is such that air flows vertically from the bottom and out the top, which is the natural way the heated air wants to go anyways. Based on a Kill-A-Watt measurement, the XPS One consumes about 90 Watts at idle.

    Performance
    In terms of raw performance, this system does not have the graphical power to satisfy a power gamer. It runs the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100, which is just about the most basic video card you can buy with a new system these days. If you can pass on the latest gaming fads, the XPS One has plenty to offer.



    All of Vista's features including Aero worked quickly and flawlessly on the One while performing an array of duties from web browsing, audio editing with the included Adobe Soundbooth CS3 software, and watching DVDs. The side-speakers produced clear sound that can fill a medium sized room if needed. The included keyboard has a multimedia pad to control your entertainment programs, as well as a track pack to use while you're using it away from the desk.

    XPS Support
    Part of Dell's message with their XPS brand is that you not only get an XPS computer, but you get the "XPS Experience" with a separate support hotline than their run of the mill customers. We wanted to test out the response of this system, and so we set out to record a call. What happened during our first call was disheartening. After entering the service code, the call was transferred to a dead extension. The second test call was more successful, and we were able to reach a live technician in about 2 minutes. We didn't have any material to test him on since the XPS One didn't have any problems.

    Conclusion
    According to Dell's branding lingo, their XPS systems are "Designed for Performance." Traditionally this has come to mean that XPS is aimed at people who want a custom experience above and beyond the typically Dell box. With the XPS One, Dell has created a stylish all-in-one PC with multimedia & simplicity as its main traits. If you've been building your own PC's for years or you're on a shoestring budget, the XPS One probably isn't for you. For everyone else, the XPS One is an alternative that warrants serious consideration.

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      lycurgus Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 1:19 pm PDT 04/11/08

      This is for the Grandma who wants to e-mail the Grandchildren. Nice for that but not much else. IMHO.

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      Jim_Bobv2 Ben's cred: 1
      Posted 5:26 am PDT 04/12/08

      When is Dell coming out with a Mac Mini fighter?

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      iodine Ben's cred: 4
      Posted 12:02 pm PDT 04/12/08

      How much do you pay for it, Ben?

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      nashvilleNINJA Ben's cred: 73
      Posted 10:22 am PDT 04/13/08

      Does this have a built in tv tuner?

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      xxjaroslawxx Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 12:38 pm PDT 04/13/08

      Beautiful thing!

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      dimeNickel Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 2:51 pm PDT 04/18/08

      awesome machine, but it is still lacking....especially that optical drive

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      azam91 Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 8:17 pm PDT 05/12/08

      This is kind of too expensive.

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      dave_c Ben's cred: 3573
      Posted 11:14 pm PDT 06/1/08

      I'm not too bothered about the integrated non-upgradable parts but there seem to be a few significant weaknesses.

      Glossy screen needs a matte coating on it.

      20" is too small for the price, or really for anyone wanting to pay more than $600.

      Keyboard keys have too short a travel.

      Mouse is one of the poorest in Logitech's current generation.

      Side ports need to be in the base, it'd ruin the whole effect having a cable sticking out the side.

      What'd really be cool is if they had a serial bus to a PCIe bridged pair of 16x slots in a taller base, like a docking station for laptops to allow key upgrades, but of course that'd also require a PSU upgrade if one wanted it for a decent video card.

      Overall for a small kiosk use it's still not bad, just a bit expensive considering most cables can be out of sight under a desk on any other PC.

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      eyezblinkin Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 10:41 pm PDT 06/12/08

      What I'm getting from this is that the only advantage it has (or rather the reason it's more expensive) is because you don't have to bother with cables. Am I right?

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      xlin58 Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 10:46 pm PDT 06/18/08

      I always thoguht this was a laptop hooked up to a bigger screen. But atleats with a laptop, its portable.

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      wayway2fetch Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 7:46 am PDT 07/20/08

      This computer lookd great! Although I prefer iMac for an All In One!

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      Neelie Ben's cred: 6
      Posted 2:02 pm PDT 07/21/08

      I agree too. Bargain or not, keep your pc and buy a new laptop! If you can swing it, it's good to have both.

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      azammalik Ben's cred: 1
      Posted 3:09 pm PDT 07/24/08

      something about these all-in-ones is always gonna rub me the wrong way

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      fantasydc2 Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 6:20 am PDT 08/7/08

      looks good but expensive!

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      dealmein Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 12:15 pm PDT 04/12/09

      I'd rather have an iMac

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      Jeffwsmith Ben's cred: 1
      Posted 1:49 pm PDT 05/1/09

      I called Dell Sales in Mid may and purchased this Dell XPS all in one 20" and they had a sale. They might still have the sale going on but it was discounted down to $799.00 and they gave me a $200.00 gift card to dell.com! The computer seems great so far.

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