Dell XPS 27 (7760) All-In-One Desktop Review: 4K Touch And Wired For Sound

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Dell's XPS 27 All-In-One Is New For 2017 And Its Bringing The Jam

Over the past couple of years, Dell has been driving a widespread redesign effort of its consumer and commercial product lines and has been systematically been updating both design signatures and the technology platforms within them. Dell's premium consumer XPS product line, perhaps more so than any, has seen the most significant design reinvention, with features that could be classified as "iconic," as with the company's XPS 13 and XPS 15 laptops that employ Dell's Infinity Edge display technology and premium carbon fiber composite materials.  Today, Dell is taking the redesign of their XPS product line another model deeper with the unveiling of one of its first new products out of the gate for 2017, the newly redesigned Dell XPS 27 All-in-One desktop PC.

Dell XPS 27 7760 HH Pandora

The last time we looked at the Dell XPS 27 was all the way back in 2013. Then, we were working with Windows 8, multitouch support was a little on the pokey side still, there was a bit more plastic going on and everything was bulkier. The all new Dell XPS 27 7760 has a radically new look that draws at least one design cue from its XPS notebook siblings, specifically with respect to display bezel, or the lack thereof. Though Dell isn't officially branding the touch-enabled version of XPS 27 with an "InfinityEdge" display, as you can see here, side and top bezel is cut to a minimum, accentuating a beautiful 4K IPS panel. However, it's new svelte window on the world might not be the most standout feature of the 2017 Dell XPS 27.

Under that display, Dell actually expanded things mechanically to make room not only for a Windows Hello capable camera but a 10 speaker sound system, designed by some rather talented audio engineers, that takes the system's audio reproduction and output capabilities to a whole new level. Why don't you give it a listen here in our video hands-on review and then we'll step through the specifics in great detail on the pages ahead... 



Dell XPS 27 7760
Specifications & Features
Display Type:  27-inch UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) touch display (300-nits)
100% Adobe RGB, 1000:1 Contrast Ratio, <5ms refresh
CPU: Intel 6th Generation Core i7-6700 (7th Gen Intel Processors Coming Soon)
CPU Cores/Threads, Speed, TDP: 4C/8T, 3.4GHz/4GHz, 65W TDP
Chipset: Intel H170
Memory: 16GB dual-channel DDR4-2133
Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 M470X With 2GB GDDR5
Storage: 512GB PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
Wireless: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
LAN: 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet
Cameras:  HD (720p) webcam with Hello compliant infrared facial recognition camera
Microphones: Quad Array Digital Microphones
Audio: Ten speaker sound system powered by dynamic amplifiers capable of 50W per channel at <1% THD coupled with Jack Joseph Puig Signature Series powered by Waves MaxxAudio® Pro. Over 90dB SPL tightly controlled over 70Hz -20KHz. Frequency response ~70Hz –20 KHz
Speakers: Six front-face speakers, two down firing speakers, two passive radiators
Connectors: 5 x USB 3.0, 2 x Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports,  1 x HDMI output ,  1 x DisplayPort, 1 x audio jack, 1 x RJ45 LAN, 1 x power input, 1 x 2-in-1 SD/MMC card reader, 1 x Kensington lock slot
Dimensions: 24.6” x 17.1” x 3.6”  (WxHxD)
Weight: 38.2 lbs / 17.3kg (Touch), 28.7 lbs/13kg (Non-Touch)
Power Supply: 360W Internal
Keyboard + Mouse:
Pricing:
Dell Premium Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
MSRP - $2799 As Tested, Starting At $1499

The XPS 27 we're taking a look at today is an early production run system, built on Intel's Skylake platform, though we're told Kaby Lake is imminent and though we can't tell you the CPU configs, we've actually seen spec data on this, so that update should be very close. Beyond that, we've got 16GB of DDR4 2133MHz RAM, a 512GB Samsung PCI Express NVMe Solid State Drive and AMD's Radeon R9 M470X GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 memory powering the visuals. This is a Bonair XT variant, not Polaris as its 400 series nomenclature might suggest, and roughly equivalent to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB, performance wise. The system is also based on the mobile Intel H170 chipset with 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4. 

Dell XPS 27 with keyboard and mouse in hand

Dell bundles in a simple wireless keyboard and mouse that operates off a single dongle that we installed on the right front USB 3 port. However, we'd suggest conserving that port for USB storage or other peripheral IO access, and installing the dongle in one of rear USB ports on the back of the machine.

Speaking of which, we'll give you a look at that and a closer look at these peripherals, next...

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