updated 01:10 pm EST, Fri November 16, 2007
Dell XPS ONE
Despite the lack of a formal announcement, Dell today has released the XPS ONE, its first all-in-one desktop and one widely understood to be influenced by the iMac. Similar to the Gateway One, the Dell system earns its name by reducing the number of cables needed: when using Wi-Fi and a wireless keyboard/mouse combo set, the XPS requires only the power cord. Unlike the Gateway system, however, Dell's adds media keys to the keyboard with haptic (vibration) feedback, an integrated touchpad for pointing without using the mouse, and media controls embedded into the 20-inch display's bezel.
The Texas PC maker hopes to improve on the Apple and Gateway systems by including a desktop processor. The base $1,499 model uses Intel's integrated X3100 graphics but is driven by a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo along with 2GB of standard memory; it also comes with a hybrid analog/digital TV tuner, remote, and 250GB of storage as well as an 8-in-1 card reader. A special copy of Adobe Elements Studio is also bundled with every system to provide photo and video editing out of the box, Dell says.
Systems can be ordered today but ship late this month; higher-end models add a Radeon HD 2400 Pro dedicated video chipset as well as larger storage, wireless headphones, and a Blu-Ray writer on the flagship $2,399 version.