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Editors' Choice: Dell XPS 27

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Editors' Choice: Dell XPS 27

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Almost everything you could want in an all-in-one.

I'm Dan Ackerman, and we are here taking a look at one of my favorite all-in-one desktop. This is the Dell XPS 27. It is a new version of the system that we previously called the XPS One 27. And of course, it's got a 27-inch screen and it's a touch screen. In fact, it's such a big touch screen, I don't even need to scroll over too far to get all my Windows 8 apps up on there and they're all just right here on the screen and like a handful of other all-in-one desktops and even a couple of laptops that we've seen recently. It's got a higher than 1080p screen resolution. In this case, it's 2560x1440, that's the same as you gonna get on the big 27-inch Apple iMac. Now, this particular review configuration is $2,099, a little bit expensive but you'll do get a lot for it. You can get this big super high res screen, you get a new Intel Core i7 processor and that's the latest 4th generation core I series, also known as Haswell. Of course, you don't get the battery benefits of Haswell because, obviously, this is a machine that plugs into the wall. It doesn't have a battery in it and you can't really take advantage of the integrated better graphics in Haswell systems because this is one of those very rare all-in-ones that has a decent discreet graphics card in it. In this case, it's the NVIDIA GForce750 M and I absolutely love that that graphics card is in here because it lets you played pretty much any modern game on pretty decent settings. This is really one of the only things that you'd call a gaming all-in-one. And when you have the super high res screen and it's so big and so bright and so clear, it's really a lot of fun to let's say, load up Steam and play some games on here. It's one of the more fun non-gaming desktop gaming systems that I've tried out recently. The XPS 27 comes with a perfectly fine but plasticky kind of her way-- wireless keyboard and mouse. The adjustable stand doesn't go all the way flat. This is where it tops out and it's kind of stay off hard to move with one hand but you could certainly adjust it a bit. I love all the ports and connections on here. You've got plenty of USB 3.0 ports. You have not only an HDMI output but also a separate HDMI inputs so you can plug, let's say a blu-ray player or a cable box or an Xbox or something up to it and just use the monitor and speakers, which makes it pretty handy for having, you know, dorm room or a den or in your bedroom instead of having a whole set for TV for that stuff. Obviously, it's not the least expensive [unk] on the block. You can actually trade down to-- but $1,799 to a core i5 CPU and still keep the NVIDIA graphics, which I think is really great. And that's why this is one of my favorite all-in-one desktop of the year. I'm Dan Ackerman and that is the Dell XPS 27.

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