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Dell joins Apple, Sony and Gateway with a Core 2 Duo-based all-in-one design

All-in-one computers have been quite popular with Mac users since the introduction of the original iMac back in 1998. Apple continues to sell its iMac computers which now feature Core 2 Duo processor and 20” or 24” LCD screens. On the PC side of things, however, all-in-one designs haven't fared so well.

That hasn't stopped companies such as Sony with its VAIO LT and Gateway with its "One" from trying to test the waters Intel Core 2 Duo based machines -- with 22" and 19" LCD displays respectively.

Dell too is looking to throw its support behind all-in-one PC designs with the XPS ONE. The machine features a 20" WSXGA display and Intel Core 2 Duo power -- base machines come with an E4500 processor while higher-end units get the E6550.

Standard features across the board include 2GB of DDR2 memory, a slot-loading 16X dual-layer DVD burner, hybrid analog/digital TV tuner with remote, 8-in-1 media reader and Windows Vista Premium. Base systems come with integrated Intel graphics and a 250GB hard drive, while the range-topping machine features an ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro and a 500GB hard drive.

Those interested in the XPS ONE can purchase a system direct from Dell's website today, but systems aren't expected to ship until November 27. Dell provides four XPS ONEs to suit your needs: The Essential One, The Music One, The Performance One and The Entertainment One. Pricing for the machines begin at $1,499, $1,748, $1,999 and $2,399 respectively.

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All-in-one definition?
By johnbuk on 11/16/2007 11:11:48 AM , Rating: -1
Maybe I just don't understand the definition of what constitutes an all-in-one PC, but I don't see how this is any different than the PC bundles that includes a monitor (and often a printer) that are advertised every weekend in every advertisement by every electronics retailer.
In other words, how is this anything new?

RE: All-in-one definition?
By GoodBytes on 11/16/2007 11:16:18 AM , Rating: 2
They mean that the computer it self is included within the screen, same for the speakers and webcam.

This setup, prevent you from doing system upgrades, but you save a lot of space, and you have a clean desk, with little wires.

So now the only cables you will see, is the power cable of the system. As your Ethernet connection won't be needed as you can use the wireless, and you can have a wireless keyboard and mouse.

RE: All-in-one definition?
By Brandon Hill on 11/16/2007 11:16:22 AM , Rating: 2
Err, all of the components (processor, HDD, video, memory, optical drive, etc.) are build into the monitor housing...

Meaning there is no standalone tower.

RE: All-in-one definition?
By ElFenix on 11/16/2007 11:16:31 AM , Rating: 2
the PC is built into the same housing as the monitor. like an imac.

RE: All-in-one definition?
By munim on 11/16/07, Rating: -1
RE: All-in-one definition?
By 16nm on 11/16/07, Rating: 0
RE: All-in-one definition?
By spluurfg on 11/16/2007 11:34:46 AM , Rating: 2
I guess it's testament to Dell's design (..or the photographer) that he wasn't able to tell that the entire PC was built into the monitor housing.

It'd be great if they could sell an ultra small pedestal style desktop pc with a matching monitor that would sit on top or slot in. Then you could replace the pc every once in a while and keep that nice monitor, then unify power/vga. But I suppose that just means that all-in-ones are just not for me.

RE: All-in-one definition?
By ElFenix on 11/16/2007 11:44:06 AM , Rating: 2
some of dell's corporate designs have been like that in the past. the monitor stand had a shelf built in for the small computer to lock into. not sure if they still make it (which is the big problem with that plan, if the OEM decides to start a whole new industrial design you have to buy all new stuff anyway).

RE: All-in-one definition?
By mcnabney on 11/16/2007 11:51:30 AM , Rating: 2
Why would they do that? They would prefer to sell you another monitor at upgrade time.

RE: All-in-one definition?
By Martin Blank on 11/16/2007 2:10:37 PM , Rating: 2
Corporate systems are upgraded, often as a whole, every 3-5 years. There is no upgrading for most corporate systems, except for maybe a larger hard drive.

RE: All-in-one definition?
By MGSsancho on 11/16/2007 11:55:57 AM , Rating: 2
HP and sun does that as well. Thin clients. most flat screen monitors have mounts on the back for a bracket or wall mount. thin client attach on that. really nifty

advantage is you can use what ever monitor you want for what ever thinclient. most thinclients are passively cooled anyways, just add on an intustrial touchscreen, great for a shop or a warehouse (ive done this before)

RE: All-in-one definition?
By johnbuk on 11/16/2007 12:24:17 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the answers. Not sure why I was rated poorly for asking what I thought was a legitimate question. Anyway, I guess I can see a niche market for this kind of thing, but it's not for me. For space reasons I like the all-in-one concept but not the cost as my PCs always start out as barebones and I cannibalize whatever I can from my older system.

RE: All-in-one definition?
By spluurfg on 11/16/2007 10:07:29 PM , Rating: 2
IE the thin clients mount on a VESA style wallmount? That is very nifty -- I'm going to look into that. Thanks for the info.

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