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PC Mag: Dell XPS ONE true iMac rival

updated 04:30 pm EST, Sat November 17, 2007

PC Mag XPS ONE Review

Dell's just-introduced XPS ONE all-in-one desktop is a genuine alternative to the iMac for some buyers, according to a new review by PC Mag. The publication notes that while the Windows-based system is more expensive than a comparably priced iMac or Gateway One and carries similar limitations such as a single hard drive bay, the system is one of the few that can match the performance of traditional multi-piece desktops while preserving the minimalist style of an all-in-one. Dell does this while providing features that are absent on other all-in-ones such as a wireless keyboard with a touchpad and a user-accessible case, the magazine says.

The ONE is hamstrung by its limitation to a 20-inch display and Radeon HD 2400 but also includes features that Apple simply does not have, PC Mag adds, such as a standard HDTV tuner and an optional Blu-Ray drive for authoring and watching HD movies. While these can raise the price as high as $2,399 and may price it out of contention for those wanting the iMac's maximum 24-inch screen or lower $1,199 cost, the system is said to be worthwhile for premium owners who value the number of features over a low price.

"It is worth the money for the technology fan with deep pockets," says reviewer Joel Santo Domingo. "The XPS One shows once and for all that the future of desktop PCs is in the all-in-one form factor."



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  1. Guest

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    . pc mag is sucking up

    that is a terrible article.. the iMac is great due to MacOS PC mag will never understand. if you have deep pockets the mac is still better, and you can get a blueray drive and other c*** for the iMac if you have really deep pockets.. but there is no reason to get that c*** yet... the HD wars have just begun!!!

  1. treestman

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    PC Mag review is biased.

    The reviewer used Photoshop CS2 in his benchmarks. Yes, the One can beat (though not by much) the iMac running Photoshop natively when the latter runs it in emulation.

    The iMac blew the doors off the One in 3D benchmarking, and would have won Photoshop if they used CS3. Using the older Photoshop was an extreme case of biased reviewing.

  1. Paul Huang

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    26"

    Hey, don't be surprised if there is a 22" and 26" model when it is finally introduced.

  1. Paul Huang

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    forgot to mention

    20" Why bother with BluRay/HD when the screen is not 1920x1080/1200?

    So, the 22/26 screen is very likely.

  1. scotty321

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    Not a rival for the iMac

    Since the piece of s*** Dell doesn't run Mac OS X, it will NEVER be a true rival for the iMac.

  1. treestman

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    The model IS introduced.

    The official date is Monday, 11/19, and you can pre-order them now. Four models, all have a 20" screen.

  1. Guest

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    Not!!!

    If its running Vista, its no iMac....lol

  1. eldarkus

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    Wait..

    So which iMac did they compare it to? The $1500 20" or the $2300 24"?? I'm guessing the 20" since thats where the link takes you to on the review.

    ie: BIASED!!

  1. eldarkus

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    yea...Confirmed

    Look at the benchmarks on CNET.. iMac blows it away

    http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/dell-xps-one/4505-3118_7-32743745.html

    My fave part - "You know your performance is in trouble when your gaming scores are slower than a Mac's. But on every test, from music encoding to photo editing to multitasking, the XPS One falls behind the iMac that costs $750 less."

  1. macbones

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    biased

    Yeah, compared to CNET, this is a bought & paid for review.

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