For single application tasks, such as photo editing, the Dell is less impressive. We're not surprised given its slower 2.3GHz Intel quad-core chip, especially compared with the 3.0GHz Intel dual-core chip in the Sony. Had Dell used 64-bit Windows, it likely would have seen better scores, especially on Photoshop. Perhaps it would still not have overtaken the Sony system, but any boost would be welcome.
We might not be overly impressed by the XPS One 24, but it has a few notable features worth mentioning. Most interesting is a touch-capacitive interface that runs along the right edge of the screen. It provides volume and independent display power controls, as well as a media play interface. The idea is to invite a walk-up experience to the system, wherein you don't have to settle in at your desk and keyboard in order to play music or watch video. It works well enough. It's also satisfying to push the simulated buttons.
The XPS One 24 also offers a reasonable level of inputs and outputs. Between the back panel and the left edge you get six USB 2.0 ports, two FireWire 400 inputs, a TV tuner input, Gigabit Ethernet, analog and digital audio jacks. You also get an input for a video input dongle, which has a variety of analog audio and video connections. All of those features are certainly useful and entirely expected, which explains our lack of enthusiasm. The Sony Vaio LV180J shined because of its HDMI input, an amazingly easy input select system, as well as a PC Card expansion slot, all useful features we'd never seen before in an all-in-one.
As with all of its PCs, Dell offers 24-7, toll-free phone support and a yearlong parts-and-labor warranty with this system. You can choose from a variety of support upgrades, including an extension of the yearlong Dell DataSafe Online data backup service that comes included. You can also find support help on Dell's Web site, with plenty of system specific resources. And, as noted, a portion of the profits from this system goes to the (PRODUCT) RED charity, which donates money to AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis research.
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Dell XPS One 24 (PRODUCT) RED
Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT graphics card; 750GB 7,200 rpm Samsung hard drive
Apple iMac (24-inch, 2.8GHz)
Apple OS X 10.5.2; 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; 2GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 256MB ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro graphics chip; 320GB 7,200rpm hard drive
Dell Studio XPS
Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 (64-bit); 2.67GHz Intel Core i7 920; 6GB 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card; 500GB 7,200 rpm Western Digital hard drive.
HP TouchSmart IQ816t
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8100; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9600 GS graphics card; 750GB 7,200rpm hard drive.
Sony Vaio LV180J
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 3.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS; 320GB 7,200 rpm Hitachi hard drive