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Dell XPS all-in-one super-sized to 24 inches

Dell launches new 24-inch XPS One desktop.

Dell's XPS One 24 joins Apple, Sony, and HP in the large screen all-in-one category Thursday with a new 24-inch model. Starting at $1,699, the new XPS One 24 will come in regular and (PRODUCT) RED versions. Each includes a 2.3GHz Intel Core 2 Quad E8200 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a variety of multimedia-friendly features.

Dell's new XPS One 24 all-in-one. Dell

We're concerned that the new XPS One 24 has only the 32-bit version of Windows Vista. We've seen $500 desktops with 64-bit Vista (from Dell, no less), as well as other all-in-ones, like Sony's Vaio JS190J, so its absence here is troubling for those interested in using this system for memory-intensive tasks, like digital media editing.

The press release also promises a Blu-ray drive, but it's only available in the RED version of the $1,999 baseline model, the link for which is buried on Dell's Web site. Dell informs us that it's working on making it easier to find.

The rest of the XPS One 24's baseline features check out for both the $1,699 and the $1,999 units. The hard drive starts at 320GB, with a 750GB upgrade in the higher-end $1,999 model. The pricier model also includes a GeForce 9600 GT graphics chip, making it a credible gaming PC. 802.11n Wi-Fi, built-in Bluetooth, and a wireless mouse and keyboard come standard in both versions.

Dell has also upgraded the speakers from the old model to a set of JBL stereo outputs, with a subwoofer unit built into the body of the unit. We can't vouch for the quality of those speakers, but they can only get better compared with what we usually find in all-in-ones.

We're interested to review this system, and we hope Dell will provide us with a unit soon. We also have a 24-inch Sony all-in-one on deck, as well as HP's 25.5-inch TouchSmart all-in-one on its way. Smells like a roundup to us.