Dell XPS One 27 All-in-One Desktop, Ivy Bridge-Infused
In addition to pulling playable framerates in new and old games, the XPS One 27 represented itself well in Futuremark's battery of benchmarks. In PCMark Vantage and PCMark 7, Dell's system topped every other AIO we've ever tested, scoring 9,384 and 4,625, respectively. In fact, it was clean sweep across the board when comparing Dell's system to other rigs in its class, which is a testament to the march of technology and Dell's component selection and build quality.
Sitting behind the gorgeous panel is a well rounded collection of hardware, including an Intel Core i7 3770S processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M graphics. It's a combination that might be wasted on some mainstream users, which is probably why these parts don't come standard. As configured, the setup Dell sent us runs $1,999, though cost of entry starts at $1,399 for a Core i5 3450S and Intel HD 4000 graphics foundation. At that price, you'll also have to forgo the 32GB mSATA solid state drive, which acts as a giant cache buffer for the 1TB or 2TB (in this case, 2TB) 7200RPM hard drive, and give up the Blu-ray drive as well. It all depends on your specific needs and budget.
Dropping two large on a system in today's economy is not a decision to be made lightly, but if you can swing that kind of investment, Dell's XPS One 27 is a sophisticated all-in-one with a killer instinct.