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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 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.

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