We first saw Dell's new XPS One 27 all-in-one a few months ago - and we liked what we saw. The new design is stylish, taking some inspiration from Apple's iMac line (which is not just the best-selling all-in-one in the States, but the best-selling desktop, period) but in a way that politely nods to the machine, not outright copies it. The more affordable Inspiron One 23, which is a good bit smaller than its cosmopolitan older brother, also looks nice.
Today's news focused on the fact that soon both machines will be equipped with fancy capacitive touchscreen technology, allowing up to ten simultaneous touchscreen inputs - that means that you can used all ten fingers at once, or perhaps share the fun with a close friend.
Like the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720, or HP's TouchSmart 620, the slightly redesigned XPS One 27 has an improved stand. A major problem with previous touch-enabled all-in-ones is that they force a user to interact at, or close to, a 90 degree angle with respect to their wrists. It's an untenable position and causes pain and joint strain after extended periods. The new XPS One 27 can lie very nearly flat on the table. This allows a user to interact with the screen in much the same manner as any other physical object on a table.
There are only two readily available 27-inch all-in-ones on the market today that feature high-resolution, 2560x1440 WQXGA displays: the Apple iMac and the Dell XPS One 27. All the others are slapped together with 1920x1080 panels, which do not look nearly as good. It's true that most HDTVs have the same resolution and much large diagonal measurements, but they're also generally placed much further away from users.
The XPS One takes it a step further by offering a touch-enabled model - for the moment, this is a killer feature that's absolutely unique to Dell, as Apple doesn't offer (and likely won't for several years) a touch option.
Inside are all the specifications you might expect - Core i5 and Core i7 Ivy Bridge-based CPUs, optional NVIDIA discrete graphics, 6GB to 16GB of RAM, up to 2TB of hard drive space, optional SSDs, and more. A pretty snazzy wireless keyboard and mouse combination come standard.
The Inspiron One 23 didn't get quite the update that the XPS One 27 did - it keeps the same external design as the model introduced earlier this year, but does add the touchscreen layer and new Ivy Bridge internals.
Like most all-in-ones in this category, the Inspiron One 23 comes with an LED-backlit, 1920x1080 display. Unfortunately, while the Inspiron One 23 is definitely more affordable, it falls prey to some of the issues we mentioned above (along with almost every other touchscreen computer on the planet). Still, if you absolutely need a touch-capable all-in-one, but you're stuck on a budget, the Inspiron is a perfectly reasonable option.
In addition to the new desktops, Dell also refreshed the XPS 13 notebook, and made the the XPS 12 convertible notebook properly official.
All of the new products are available for pre-order starting today, with the touch-capable Inspiron One 23 all-in-one starting at a reasonable $779.99, and the multitouch XPS One 27 starting at a pricier $1599.99.
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