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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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Pricing is ridiculous
By Suomynona on 11/16/2007 12:00:22 PM , Rating: 3
I know these are supposed to be some sort of style over substance thing, but what's up with the pricing? $1500 for the most basic version? That's ludicrous, and doubly so being a Dell. I think Dell makes some pretty decent hardware (I have a Dell LCD monitor that's great), but they're not quite at the point where they can charge a premium based on design only.

The market being as small as it is for all-in-one computers, I think they would have been much better served coming up with something along the lines of the Mac Mini. A nice small form-factor computer with a reasonable price would be a better entry into the market for Dell. I think it would get a lot more interest and fit in a lot better with what the typical Dell customer is looking for.

RE: Pricing is ridiculous
By sj420 on 11/16/07, Rating: -1
RE: Pricing is ridiculous
By TomZ on 11/16/2007 12:24:27 PM , Rating: 5
Hogwash, Dell LCD monitors are consistently rated by expert reviewers and consumers alike as some of the best in the industry.

RE: Pricing is ridiculous
By AlphaVirus on 11/16/2007 12:32:29 PM , Rating: 2
I can agree with this. Dell is by far at the top of the rankings for their LCD monitors. I own one and its been much better than the rest I bought at same price.

RE: Pricing is ridiculous
By Bloodlust on 11/16/2007 2:53:12 PM , Rating: 2
I concur. I've owned 3 Dell LCD monitors, in addition to dozens that were part of custom systems I built for friends/family, ranging from 19"-30". I've never had a problem and consider them to be amonst the best.

RE: Pricing is ridiculous
By Hare on 11/16/2007 3:08:17 PM , Rating: 2
To be accurate. Dell uses some of the best panels in the industry. The covers are different but the display panel itself is the same used by Apple and many others (at least in their high end models) and has nothing to do with Dell itself.

But yeah. The pricier Dell monitors are quite nice.

RE: Pricing is ridiculous
By Souka on 11/18/2007 2:20:44 AM , Rating: 2
Try using an apple Cinema display, especially when dealing with color matching task for print jobs. . . Color control is much better than Dell setups, and stay in calibration much longer than any other maker.

But for games, movies...sure, the blaring colors of the Dell LCD do look nice...abeit, not as they were originally recorded... :)

My $.02

RE: Pricing is ridiculous
By MrTeal on 11/16/2007 12:27:05 PM , Rating: 5
Actually I don't think a monitor is considered "hardware" Its just a monitor.

I think most people would disagree with you.

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