Dell CEO Michael Dell teased Oracle OpenWorld attendees last week by providing a tantalizing first glimpse of the PC-maker's new all-in-one desktop that sports advanced multimedia capabilities. As of Monday, the Dell XPS One is now available for direct purchase from Dell in both the U.S. and Japan.
Like Apple's iconic iMac desktops, Dell's new XPS One follows a design approach that strives to exude elegance, as Dell has characterized it. "This is perhaps the most beautiful Dell ever," said Dell's chairman and CEO.
One Cord Only
"Our designers synthesized input from customers worldwide to design a full, rich world of digital multimedia, combined with an elegant iconic design," said Dell senior vice president Alex Gruzen. "Whether as an HDTV centerpiece, music system, or unobtrusive PC, the XPS One will surprise and delight with its balance of design, performance, and beauty."
The tempered glass of the bezel-less 20-inch widescreen display, which is flanked by a pair of stereo speakers, appears to float above the minimalist footprint of the unit's aluminum stand and smoked-glass base. Moreover, a built-in motion sensor causes the machine's controls to glow blue whenever the user's hands are in close proximity.
The simplicity of the XPS One setup likely will be a primary attraction. The only essential cable for connecting the machine is the AC power cord; the connections for peripherals, keyboard, and mouse all have been Bluetooth-enabled. With only one cord, the XPS One can be placed in any room in the home and become operational with a minimum of initial muss and fuss.
Underneath the Hood
The XPS One sports an Intel dual-core microprocessor, the multimedia-enabled Home Premium edition of Windows Vista, up to 2 GB of RAM, a 16x CD/DVD burner, and the user's choice of hard drive configurations ranging from 250 to 500 GB. A 2-megapixel webcam and dual microphones have been integrated right into the front panel.
The machine's built-in Wi-Fi radio and multimode TV tuner assure that the focus remains on multimedia, whether receiving over-the-air HDTV broadcasts or playing multimedia files downloaded over a wireless network. Peripherals that are not Bluetooth-enabled can connect to the multiple ports located on the back and along the thin sides of the display. An eight-in-one media-card reader is also on tap for porting multimedia files between the platform and devices ranging from cameras to portable media players.
Buyers who wish to be able to watch as well as record TV programs have the option of provisioning the platform with a Blu-ray drive. Other options include swapping out the unit's standard graphics card in favor of an ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro. In addition, the XPS One ships with a preinstalled copy of Adobe Elements Studio, which gives users the ability to produce slide shows and edit home videos.
The XPS One is available from Dell at prices that range from $1,499 to $2,399, depending on the selected configuration. XPS One systems purchased directly from Dell include one year of online storage and backup.
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