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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: Pricing is ridiculous
By sj420 on 11/16/2007 12:15:24 PM , Rating: -1
" I think Dell makes some pretty decent hardware (I have a Dell LCD monitor that's great)"

Actually I don't think a monitor is considered "hardware" Its just a monitor.

My family won a dell monitor from some contest and it was only 17". After using it for a month or two I stumbled onto a post about dell monitors on some site while googling for drivers. It talks about how bad the monitors really are, about how practically every WXGA that came from them was grainy and really nasty to look at. Lighting issues, black issues, etc. I can all coloborate this, the montior I had was grainy (almost looks like sand on the monitor) and bad to look at (hurts the eyes with the light off - thought LCD's weren't suppose to hurt your eyes/strain them as much if at all). After buying an HD widescreen I certainly noticed the difference, even just on VGA. Now that I have a digital connection it is the way it should be. Everything is picture perfect and not slaughtered or mutilated by that dell monitor. However I do notice there are way more colors and the HD monitor on 100 brightness is also too bright to look at. Thats fixed though, lowering the brightness down to 42 (heh) the colors are still vivid and trippy, without the eye-squinting blinding whiteness of the ...brightness. Also graphics that weren't refined (bad quality graphics) are incredibly noticable now with an HD monitor. But thats good because that means I won't be letting any graphics I make get passed with some nasty artifacts that a normal VGA monitor doesn't even pick up.

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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