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Dell XPS One 27 review

Verdict

A fine all-in-one PC with great build quality and a glorious 27in display, but we'd advise against the optional touchscreen

Review Date: 28 Jan 2013

Reviewed By: Sasha Muller

Price when reviewed: £1,417 (£1,700 inc VAT)

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
5 stars out of 6

Value for Money
4 stars out of 6

Performance
5 stars out of 6

PCPRO Recommended

All-in-one PCs are nothing new, but the Dell XPS One 27 is enough to make anyone sit up and pay attention. As the crowning glory of Dell’s all-in-one range, this behemoth mounts a 27in IPS display atop a flexible stand, and crams in as much top-flight hardware as your credit card can handle. Now that it’s available with an optional touchscreen, this premium-priced all-in-one looks to be the perfect match for Windows 8.

Where Apple’s latest iMacs major on stick-thin slenderness, Dell’s XPS One 27 opts for a more heavyweight build. Levering the hefty 16kg chassis out of the box immediately reassures as to the Dell’s burly build quality, and with the chassis finished in a mixture of metal and soft-touch black plastics, it’s as stylish as Windows all-in-one PCs get. This is every inch the luxury all-in-one PC.

Dell XPS One 27 - front with keyboard and mouse

Living large

The star of the show is the 27in display. With a huge 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, the Windows 8 Start screen is blown up to massive, pin-sharp proportions, and there’s enough space to spread several applications across the desktop side by side.

Image quality is very good indeed. It's not quite up there with the best 27in monitors we’ve seen, but there’s little cause for complaint. Both photographs and movies sparkle with life thanks to the screen’s glossy finish, and the 297cd/m2 maximum brightness and 697:1 contrast ratio help to deliver vivid, punchy images. If there’s any reason to nitpick, it’s due to the Dell’s colour reproduction: with an average Delta E deviation of 4.7, the panel’s colour palette isn’t as accurately rendered as the best 27in monitors.

Cram a Blu-ray into the XPS One 27’s optical drive, however, and you’re unlikely to care. The inky blacks and bright whites of the IPS display lend high-definition images tremendous punch, and it does a good job of keeping motion smooth and smear-free. Allied with a decent pair of integrated speakers, the XPS One 27 makes a convincing media PC. There isn’t as much bass, nor the clarity of dedicated speaker sets, but Waves’ MaxxAudio software makes the most of the hardware at hand. And if only the best will do, there are both analog and optical digital outputs available on the XPS One 27’s back panel for ferrying audio to external speakers.

Dell XPS One 27 - keyboard and mouse

Covering the Dell’s display with fingerprints won’t be anyone’s first impulse, but its touchscreen encourages you to do just that. The panel supports full ten-point multitouch, and all the usual Windows 8 edge-swipe gestures. It’s just as responsive as the best touchscreen devices we’ve used, and Dell has also bundled a compact wireless keyboard and mouse for normal usage. The keyboard’s slightly concave Scrabble-tile keys grip the finger nicely, and the mouse, while a mite plasticky, is comfy and accurate.

The Dell’s adjustable stand helps you to get the most from the XPS One 27’s touchscreen. This provides 80mm of height adjustment, and cranes right down to desk level, tilting backwards for more comfortable touch operation. Unlike some touchscreen PCs we’ve seen, however, it doesn’t fold back completely flat, instead tilting to around 30 degrees.

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User comments

Thanks for the review...

I've been considering this machine for my new desktop. It appears to tick every box and then some. The only thing holding me back is the Lenovo A730 which I hear won't be available until June at the earliest and the lack of competition from other OEM's.

I'm a bit surprised at the lack of ambition among some OEM's when it comes to their All-in-one offerings. Dell and Lenovo (their current A720 is delisted it can still be found) both offer great machines with perhaps only Samsung whose comparable machine appears to be nothing more than a myth as I can't find it anywhere.

I doubt I'll hold out until June for the Lenovo (why June? It's an uprated A720 - nothing more?!?) and the Samsung top-end all-in-one is AWOL so it looks like the Dell for me.

Unless anyone else can offer up any comparable options?

By onegin101 on 28 Jan 2013

At last...

a 27" All-in-one Windows PC that has a 27" resolution, as opposed to be an overblown TV!

On my current machine, I use the Logitech T650 Multitouch touchpad, which I find much better than a touchscreen, when the device is on the desktop - you also don't spend all day wiping the display clean.

The Dell + the T650 would make a great combination, I would think. It has certainly joined my (very) short list of possible new PCs.

By big_D on 28 Jan 2013

Very accurate review

I got one of these just before Christmas and can confirm everything said in the review, especially the bit about touch screen being a bit pointless on a 27 inch thing - for the first few days you feel like you're guiding aircraft in to land with every gesture and then you never touch it again (which at least helps with fingerprints, if not the bank balance - wish I'd known earlier, hence this comment!). Actually, gesturing/zooming/twistingyour way through enormous maps and aerial views is quite good fun, but probably not worth the premium.

By yonderly on 29 Jan 2013

Like big_D, I picked up a Logitech T650 when I upgraded to Windows 8 on my desktop machine and it's a great combination.

By mfoggin on 29 Jan 2013

I have an HP 610-1030 (24" screen) running W7 Home Premium 64 bit. And, despite the touch screen, I only very rarely use that facility.

So my vote for which version of this Dell machine to buy would be the non-touch screen.

And as for an upgrade to W8, I still haven't fathomed whether it's compatible with my PC. So, sticking with what I know ...

By Audiobear on 29 Jan 2013

Symon

Interesting review (coupled to that for the Apple 27"). I certainly am not interested in the touchscreen and, in all honesty, cannot imagine my using Windows 8.

Will Dell provide a version of W7 if required? Such an option would actually get me thinking very seriously about this system.

The compromises with the Graphics Card are very disappointing, especially when reading Apple's choices.

There is an Computer geek in America who uses an iMac 27 along with Windows. Seems strange but, boy, it works a treat.

This would be the best option but why cannot PC manufacturers see the logic and stop producing products will 'inferior' components?

Meanwhile, sort out the Graphics offered, Dell!

By billae01 on 14 Feb 2013

Ruwantha

I own a Dell XPS one 27, top of the range with touch screen. First of all it cost me ~ AUD 2500 which I thought was a high price. However I did lot of research and checked out many others including HP Z1 and the iMac 27". Now both those are more expensive.
This AIO I have nothing to complain about. Yes it is heavy - but it is a Desktop! No its not a gaming desktop (but it does handle most games at 1024 resolution). Its speakers are better than most AIOs but let me tell you none of the AIOs generate good sounds. So be prepared to invest on multimedia speakers (I personally recommend Bose Companion 20 if you wanna save space and still hear amazing music). It also has a slight shadow in bottom right corner of the screen (now that I said it you would notice, but otherwise it never is eminent).
The goodies? Yeah its got plenty of power, speedy, good connectivity options, great picture quality (you need to adjust the color depth contrast and brightness a bit to gain out of the box colors...) and as far as I am concerned the Touch screen Rocks!!! - for most applications.
If you are willing to spend the money, and considering this try out and you wont be disappointed.
Apple is of course an option but is much expensive and no touch screen or optic drives!
End of the day its up to you as each person has a different taste.

By Ruwantha on 1 May 2013

Dell continues to innovate

Dell PowerEdge R520 Server Overview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTy8VElv9Vs

By ServerStation668 on 25 May 2013

Go The Dell Outlet Route

Just purchased one of these on Dell's outlet store. A fully refurbed touchscreen unit with a fairly priced 3 year NBD warranty and phone support with loads of change out of £1000 (actually came in well under £900). Compared to a new unit or the increasingly expensive iMac this feels a good compromise, accepting that AIOs are dearer than standard PC and monitor combos.

By davidprice4 on 17 Dec 2013

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