The Good Highly configurable; quiet BTX cooling system; sleek, compact case design; dual-core processor delivers strong overall performance.
The Bad Limited upgradability; mediocre graphics performance.
The Bottom Line The Dell XPS 200 delivers the latest mainstream technology in an attractive, space-saving chassis that will keep home and office users humming along at a productive clip.
Dell XPS 200
Dell XPS 200
Dell's recently announced XPS 200 desktop is merely a repackagedwith a better support policy. Fortunately for customers, the price of the system in its new identity is the same as in its old life, so the revamp ends up delivering some actual benefit, considering the improved support. With no real 3D card capability, the XPS 200 can't compete with other midrange gaming PCs, so don't be confused by the XPS name. But the system's slim design and sharp looks make it an easy-on-the-eyes purchase for almost any other set of home computing tasks.
Taking a page from Apple's design book, with the XPS 200/Dimension 5100C, Dell gave last year'scompact desktop a complete makeover both inside and out. The XPS 200, done up in a glossy white-and-silver case, retains its predecessor's small footprint and offers a bevy of mainstream configuration options for consumers and businesses alike. Our $1,468 test system included Intel's dual-core Pentium D 830 processor and Windows Media Center Edition operating system, but no TV tuner card. While this particular configuration is not one we think many would choose, Dell provides enough options to please mainstream users interested in productivity and multimedia apps.