Dell XPS 27 All-in-one An all-in-one PC, but is it one for all?

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If you’re bored with today’s min­i­mal­ist metal PCS, you might ap­pre­ci­ate the, um, unique de­sign of this new all-in-one PC. Dell’s XPS lap­tops have such slim bezels around the screen that they al­most dis­ap­pear. In con­trast, the XPS 27 not only re­tains black bor­ders but has ex­panded the bot­tom edge to ac­com­mo­date six hefty speak­ers. With this and a chunky unky base, the whole thing looks as much like a 1990s por­ta­ble hi-i-fi as it does a mod­ern PC. On closer in­spec­tion, the XPS27 uses more plas­tic than Ap­ple’s slen­der de­sign and Asus’ bronze-metal Zen AIO, but it might have greater ap­peal as an all-pur­pose home PC and me­dia cen­tre.

One thing it does share with Ap­ple’s range is the eye-wa­ter­ing price. In fact, the cheap­est XPS 27 is £50 more than the 27in Retina 5K imac, de­spite a slower 3.0GHZ i5-7400 pro­ces­sor. Both have 8GB of mem­ory and a 1TB hy­brid drive (a hard drive with a small cache to speed it up), but the imac comes with an AMD Radeon Pro 570 graph­ics card, which is an op­tional ex­tra on the XPS 27. Dell’s speak­ers are more than good enough to avoid the need for a sep­a­rate set – be­sides the four full-range speaker drivers and two tweet­ers on the front, it has two pas­sive ra­di­a­tors to pump out bass. Even so, there’s no ig­nor­ing the fact that the alu­minium imac is bet­ter value, and when you con­sider how high Ap­ple’s prices are, that’s a se­ri­ous con­cern.

The model we tested came with an In­tel i7 pro­ces­sor, which per­formed very well, but with this plus a touch­screen, 16GB of mem­ory, a Radeon RX 570 and a faster 512GB SSD to re­place the hy­brid drive, the price rises to £2,699. You can buy a more pow­er­ful imac for less, al­though it won’t have Dell’s touch­screen.

The screen de­liv­ered ex­cel­lent im­age qual­ity, ac­cord­ing to our colour me­ter, re­pro­duc­ing the whole SRGB range ac­cu­rately. We pre­fer Ap­ple’s 5K screen, though, and for this money you could buy a desk­top PC with a higher spec and a fan­tas­tic mon­i­tor, and still have sev­eral hun­dred pounds’ change.

We like the ar­tic­u­lated stand that comes with Dell’s touch­screen mod­els and lets you work with the screen al­most flat, like Mi­crosoft’s Sur­face Stu­dio. How­ever, the XPS 27 doesn’t even sup­port a pres­sure-sen­si­tive sty­lus, so what are you go­ing to do with it – play Soli­taire?

This odd-look­ing PC has great speak­ers and a good touch­screen, but it’s ex­pen­sive

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