updated 10:05 am EDT, Thu October 30, 2008
Dell XPS One 24
Dell today upped the stakes for all-in-one PCs with the launch of the XPS One 24. The system ups the size of the PC to 24 inches and gives it a new, edge-to-edge 1080p (1920x1080) display with a 16:9 ratio that should make it ideal for watching Blu-ray movies at native resolution. The update also brings a major speed update with a 2.33GHz Core 2 Quad as well as the option of a GeForce 9600M GT for video that makes it a better fit as a gaming system or for heavy-duty HD video decoding.
The size increase also brings with it better media features, according to Dell: the speakers have been upgraded to a 2.1-channel, 25W JBL system while the integrated TV tuner is now HD-capable.
A starter XPS One 24 is priced higher than the 20-inch original at $1,699 but also carries more features. Besides the quad-core processor, it also doubles the memory to 4GB, gains a larger 320GB hard drive and upgrades the stock Intel video to a GMA 4500 chipset. Sound is also improved through a Sound Blaster Audigy HD chipset. A second stock model at $1,999 adds the GeForce 9600M GT as well as a much larger 750GB hard drive.
Both systems have the option of Blu-ray as well as Midnight Gray, Pure White or charity-driven (PRODUCT) RED color schemes. Orders placed today should start shipping in mid-to-late November.