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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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Another branch of the market
By djc208 on 11/16/2007 12:25:26 PM , Rating: 2
I like the form factor, it would be perfect for certain situations, though I agree the price needs to come down a little, it's not worth the premium just for the design.

However I think these guys need to look into another facet of this. How about a similar setup in a more tranditional HDTV? A 19, 27, & 32" LCD with similar hardware options would be great. The lower resolution TV LCDs would keep the costs down but I could see this being great for bedrooms, kitchens, dens. You could watch TV, play movies, perform PVR functions, look up weather, photos, music or be a media extender for Windows or Sage setups. With a wireless keyboard and mouse it would let you do everything a normal computer does, a few extra inputs will let you hook up game systems or similar.

You'd just need to make sure it could be wall mounted. I could see one of these hanging on my bedroom wall running a Sage client, toss in a wireless adaptor and I wouldn't even need the tuner card, cable, or ethernet connection, just a power wire coming out of the unit.

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