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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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RE: Maybe better than the iMac
By ElFenix on 11/16/2007 11:28:21 AM , Rating: 2
assuming you need the adobe suite that it comes with, it'd be cheaper than a similar imac, though with lesser hardware.

i've tried to config an imac as close as possible, including wireless keyboard and mouse (though you can get them cheaper elsewhere)
2.4 ghz c2d
radeon 2600 pro
3 year warranty
no adobe essentials

2.33 ghz c2d
radeon 2400 pro
analog/digital tuner
2 year warranty
ms office home+student
adobe essentials suite

RE: Maybe better than the iMac
By ElFenix on 11/16/2007 11:29:59 AM , Rating: 3
edit: dell is $2100 with 3 year warranty

RE: Maybe better than the iMac
By mcnabney on 11/16/2007 11:53:43 AM , Rating: 5
Another way to look at this is that it is a $800 computer and a $200 monitor with a $1000 bundling fee.

RE: Maybe better than the iMac
By darkpaw on 11/16/2007 1:15:09 PM , Rating: 2
That pretty much sums it up.

RE: Maybe better than the iMac
By Hare on 11/16/2007 3:04:44 PM , Rating: 2
And without upgrade possibilities :)

... But I don't think there's anything wrong with that. Some people want to spend a bit extra to get a stylish and compact computer. That's one reason why the iMac has been succesfull. Not all people are engineers who constantly tweak their ugly server towers and don't care how noisy/ugly it is.

I think that's a pretty nice looking computer. I'm getting a bit tired of the brushed aluminum look. This sort of reminds me of Samsung's LCD TVs.

RE: Maybe better than the iMac
By jtemplin on 11/16/2007 3:39:26 PM , Rating: 2
I second that notion lol

RE: Maybe better than the iMac
By MonkeyPaw on 11/18/2007 10:01:56 AM , Rating: 2
Another way to look at this is that it is a $800 computer and a $200 monitor with a $1000 bundling fee.

Yeah, and to think OEMs wonder why these types of products don't sell. I think all-in-ones are really a good idea and suitable for many people, but the pricing is just so ridiculous that there's no hope of success. Most people who spend $2000 on a PC are either getting a really nice laptop or a very powerful desktop.

RE: Maybe better than the iMac
By Quiescent on 11/18/2007 6:35:44 PM , Rating: 2
You must take into the account that the smaller you go, the pricier you get. This computer would only be great for simple usage such as browsing and what not. I see overheating issues and onboard graphics/sound being an issue here for these all-in-one PCs. I see this as just an LCD screen with laptop parts inside.

Unless they make this LCD screen resistant to heat, I think that it might not have such a long lifetime. I know that when teachers at my school stack laptops on top of each other while they're on, the laptop on the bottom will no longer have a working screen due to overheating issues.

RE: Maybe better than the iMac
By dcalfine on 11/16/2007 11:56:36 AM , Rating: 2
I think adobe essentials is in response to iLife, which is an excellent suite of tools

RE: Maybe better than the iMac
By nitrous9200 on 11/16/2007 3:42:54 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention the Dell comes with a desktop processor and the iMac comes with a mobile processor. I'd assume the desktop variants would be faster.

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