Now that we have sleek and snazzy looking laptops, tablets that can do most of the things the average PC can do and phones that can take care of the smaller tasks of the day desktop PCs are arguably becoming less popular, they need something to set them apart from the crowd.
In the past this has been their popularity with playing games, which is still true to hard-core gamers but for others, especially with more powerful laptops on the market this is something that they no longer have to consider. The PC is in need for a change, it has to be more fashionable and look good in the living room, and it needs to stand out. The Dell XPS One 27 is an all-in-one computer that is hoping to do this and do this by looking good.
With a 27-inch monitor this is a good looking machine, with minimal wires coming out of the back and an internal power supply it’s definitely pushing to be one of the most minimalistic and good looking all-in-ones out there, but unlike many of the other computers of this type it’s not a touch screen which will definitely disappoint the Windows 8 upgraders who are looking to have that interface available.
With its wireless keyboard and mouse this computer can be used with hardly anything having to be connected, but understanding that people will still require input out output Dell have provided plenty in the computer. One of these includes helpfully connections to connect a second monitor if needed (this includes through HDMI). USB is 3.0 and provides six slots so there are plenty of choices for expansion if necessary. An SD card slot is included as well as audio connections and the usual Ethernet connection.
The outside of the Dell XPS One 27 may look minimalistic but inside it’s quite the beast. With an Intel Core i7-3770S CPU running at 3.1 GHz there is 8GB of ram included which is more than enough to run most software you’ll be using, that includes games. For storage the computer comes with a 2TB hard drive which provides plenty of space and with an NVidia GeForce GT 640M adaptor for graphics there is plenty of visual grunt too. This should be quite adequate for games, but in the future may struggle, but I doubt many hard-core gamers would go for this type of computer anyway.
The real problem with all-in-one computers is the lack of upgradability. The Dell XPS One 27 offers plenty of high powered functionality though to make this less of an issue for the average user. For people who look to upgrade though this will be an issue, especially for gamers who want the latest powerful CPUs and graphics cards to get the most out of their games.
For somebody who just wants to play games casually, even the newest and most graphically intensive this is an excellent choice if you want an all-in-one. It’s a shame it’s not touch screen though, especially with Windows 8 coming out soon, but with a 27-inch monitor and plenty of power this will look good anywhere and provide you with everything you need from a modern PC.