Dell XPS One 27 All-in-One Desktop, Ivy Bridge-Infused

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Performance Summary & Conclusion

Performance Summary: If you have a preconceived notion that all-in-one systems lack any kind of adrenaline, it's time you revisited the form factor. As configured, Dell's XPS One 27 hit the ground running and never let up. The combination of an Ivy Bridge processor and NVIDIA Kepler graphics resulted in some impressive benchmark runs, including the ability to game at the 27-inch display's 2560x1440 resolution, though more demanding titles will require that you dial down the visual quality settings.

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.

As well as Dell's XPS One 27 did, if you're jonesing for a touchscreen experience, this isn't the all-in-one for you. It doesn't boast a touch-capable screen, and that's because Dell opted to go with a high-quality Samsung PLS panel that's absolutely stunning. At 27 inches, it's Dell's largest AIO to date with a scintillating 2560x1440 native resolution. But it's not just about sheer size; the display is crisp and vibrant, offering superb viewing angles. It really is that nice and since the PC is the display in this system and you're not able to decouple one from the other, Dell's component selection here was all that more critical.  They nailed it.

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.



  • Fastest all-in-one we've tested to date
  • 27-iinch display is both big and beautiful
  • Fast mechanical storage aided by a 32GB mSATA SSD
  • Great sounding audio
  • No bloatware
  • Somewhat expensive (as configured)
  • Display isn't touch-capable

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