11 January 2017
Ever since the Surface Studio, Microsoft's answer to the Apple iMac, All-In-One (AIO) PCs are all the rage all of a sudden. Many companies such as HP and Asus have come up with AIO products of their own. And so has Dell, just as was reported earlier. Dell has made the announcement of a new AIO at the CES, and this is the all new 2017 XPS 27 - which is a huge upgrade from last year's model.
Similar in size to the iMac, the Dell XPS 27 squeezes in a 4K display for ultra-high quality. There is a touchscreen version as well as one without a touchscreen, which is great. Both the variants sport the same 4K display with a 170 degrees viewing angle. The touchscreen version, however, has a back-stand that can be used to tilt the screen and move it to a horizontal position if needed.
For some reason, Dell decided that two or four speakers were simply not enough for an AIO. So they ended up fitting no less than 10 speakers into the XPS 27. Six of these speakers are front-facing and their grills can be clearly seen under the screen. Four additional down-firing speakers are also present under the screen, and are there to provide consistent sound when the device is tilted horizontally.
These aren't just speakers crammed into the device mindlessly. They have dynamic amplifiers incorporated with them, along with 4 full-range drivers, two passive radiators, and two tweeters for treble. Dell has clearly thought through with this device and has geared it towards art professionals.
The XPS 27 comes with a Core i5 or Core i7 Intel Kaby lake processor with a RAM capacity of 32 GB. As for the GPU, there's Intel's own HD 530 chip built-in. But for the more media-oriented professionals, there's an option to get an AMD R9 M470/M485. There are hard disk options as well, with a 2 TB SATA hard disk option or a 1 TB SSD option.
As far as connectivity goes, Dell has added to it five USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C connector, an SD Card reader, a 3.5mm audio jack, an HDMI port, a DisplayPort 1.2 connector, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and an analogue audio out plug. That's a lot of connectors on one single PC.
The non-touch version of the PC will be available for $1,500, which is low when you think about what you get and what competitors are offering. The cheapest version of the iMac comes at about $1,800, whereas Microsoft's Surface Studio starts at an outrageous $3,000.