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Dell unveils iMac-like Studio One 19

updated 07:35 am EDT, Thu March 12, 2009

Dell Studio One 19

Dell today unveiled the company's first all-in-one PC to bear the Studio badge. The Studio One 19 is more consciously fashionable than the XPS One and has the same basic "hanging" design concept as the iMac. Like the Studio Hybrid, though, Dell lets users customize the Studio One's colors (here the outer frame and wireless input devices). It centers on an 18.5-inch display with a 16:9 ratio, 1366x768 resolution that optionally supports multi-touch input for media playback as well as image, music and video editing.

Regardless of the smaller size, the system will continue to use desktop processors rather than the iMac's mobile chips but will vary much more widely in speed, ranging from a single-core Celeron up to Pentium dual-core, Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad components. Dell additionally promises better-than-average integrated video with either a GeForce 9200 or 9400 providing enough power to drive Windows Vista and decode full HD in hardware, though only a slot-load DVD burner comes standard.

Besides the multi-touch panel, options can additionally bring the system up to 4GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive while adding built-in Wi-Fi, a webcam and Blu-ray.

Dell is targeting the initial launch at the more space-conscious Japanese market and will ship the system to Japan first, serving it at retail on March 19th and online for the 23rd. Releases in the US and elsewhere are slated for later in the spring and will see the company focus on undercutting rivals in price, as a base Studio One 19 will cost just $699.







By Electronista Staff
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  1. bobolicious

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2002

    +1

    They keep trying....

    ...but I can still only warm to the bamboo hybrid as anything remotely innovating beyond the seemingly ubiquitous computer plastic - and yet combustible wood seems arguably nostalgic for an era when stereos were crammed into furniture cabinets in the service of a domestic realm...

  1. eldarkus

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2004

    +4

    actually

    They are pretty nice looking.

    Tho 2 things I dont get.

    1) Why have the second outer bezel on the monitors? It's like framing a picture frame.

    2) and damn that keyboard looks HUGE!

  1. George3

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2008

    +2

    Same response

    Always when I see some computer manufacture that produces something that looks great I think, yeah I'd buy that. Then I remember it won't run OS X. That is a deal killer. Windows just isn't worth the head-ache.

  1. slider

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Oct 1999

    +2

    When in Rome

    Regarding the comment about the bezel: my guess is that it's to fit the computer parts. Whereas Apple gives you the extended bottom, Dell tries to spread it out a bit - more so left and right.

    First, just to be fair, I think Gateway was the first to actually push (ie mass consumer market) the subject design style shortly after Apple came out with the flower pot, or lamp-like iMac in its first flat panel version - although it had a bulbous bit for the optical drive. But I don't really think it was well received. When Apple intro'd the first flat panel iMac they had said that the first obvious approach was to just hack-off the back of the current iMac (CRT versions), but said there were some issues with doing so; the HD and optical drives (at the time) would not operate at optimal performance, hence Gateway's earlier approach. I can only assume these performance issues became moot for one reason or another.

    So this all-in-one design is not new to the iMac and probably an obvious evolution to consumer desktops. That being said, there's little doubt in my mind that Dell uses Apple products as a guide - Do PC designers even have an imagination?

    Aside from the OS difference, the problem with Dells minimalist design is that it misses the boat every time. I can imagine the early design concepts at Dell looking very sleek and beautiful, but then the Dell engineers turn them into something, well, very "PC" looking. And the peripherals - how many people actually use all those fluff buttons on these PC keyboards? I think all they succeed in doing is take up space.

  1. Eldernorm

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2007

    -3

    Sounds right

    Its interesting. When I see a Dell like this, I can imagine a cheap Apple product... Take the finess out of the details and just make it kind of, sort of work.

    :-( While the cheaper price is nice and the wireless (I assume its wireless) keyboard and mouse make it limited space aware, I keep thinking ..... its a pc running Microsoft. I just got to wonder if its actually going to work... over the long term.

    Just a thought.
    en

  1. elroth

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jul 2006

    -1

    x

    "the cheaper price is nice"

    It's probably not going to be cheaper if you match the iMac's specs. The base Dells start with a Celeron processor(!) and Nvidia 9200 graphics - it appears even the top of the line uses integrated graphics (9400).

  1. loudpedal

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Oct 1999

    -1

    Michael Dell

    Mikey-come-lately...

  1. loudpedal

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Oct 1999

    -1

    Michael Dell

    Mikey-come-lately...

  1. Durandalus

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2001

    +3

    ughh

    Trying to be fair here (really):Can't help but it's ugly. The proportions are a mess.

  1. carloblackmore

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Dec 2005

    +3

    almost!

    My first impression is it looks stylish - great eye-catcher, but...
    the keyboard being almost as large as the monitor and the extraneous framing could make it an eyesore over time.

    Dell's biggest problem is they choose to focus more on cosmetics/marketing rather than software. If they created a software package that was worthy of the name "Studio One" then they would be making some real strides. Apple proves it every time - if you really care about software or hardware then you should do both.

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