Dell In­sp­iron 27 7000 AIO PC

A SOLID, GEN­ER­ALLY-POW­ER­FUL, LARGE-SCREEN PC WITH A SMALL FOOT­PRINT

PC & Tech Authority - - CONTENTS - NICK ROSS

All-in-One com­put­ers aren’t for ev­ery­one: their lack of upgrad­abil­ity and gen­eral lack of gam­ing prow­ess makes them feel lim­it­ing to many. But Dell’s lat­est 27-inch In­sp­iron hopes to change your mind with its speedy pro­ces­sor and Nvidia graph­ics. As such, should you buy one?

We think ev­ery­one wants to like All-in­Ones more than they do: the idea of hav­ing a top-end com­puter built into a sin­gle screen of­fers ob­vi­ous space and con­ve­nience ben­e­fits. In the open­ing Win­dows set-up, where many peo­ple start by re­peat­edly telling Cor­tana to bug­ger off, some­thing hap­pened: Cor­tana un­der­stood what we were say­ing.

It can op­er­ate with Win­dows Hello’s face-recog­ni­tion lo­gin too but you’ll need to raise the we­b­cam (with neigh­bour­ing in­frared sen­sor) that nor­mally re­tracts into the top of the screen. Leav­ing this raised some­what spoils its looks, but that’s the cost of hav­ing the “In­fin­i­tyEdge” screen’s thin bezel. An­other re­lated, po­ten­tially-use­ful fea­ture is Dell’s Mo­bile Con­nect app which can pair with your phone. This can send and re­ceive mes­sages, dis­play no­ti­fi­ca­tions and even mir­ror your phone’s screen. We ex­pect this will ben­e­fit as many peo­ple as it hor­ri­fies (es­pe­cially in a shared house­hold) but it’s good in the­ory. Dell says it works with both An­droid and Ap­ple de­vices but it re­fused to mir­ror our Huawei P20 Pro’s screen. None­the­less, the con­tact­less in­ter­ac­tion and pow­er­ful no­ti­fi­ca­tion fea­tures point to­wards this In­sp­iron’s po­ten­tial for act­ing as a pow­er­ful home hub to a far-greater de­gree than Google Home or Alexa.

As for the PC it­self, it sports unas­sum­ing-yet-classy looks thanks to its sil­ver-grey liv­ery. It will nei­ther up­set a chic, min­i­mal­ist liv­ing space nor en­hance a drab one. A po­ten­tial gripe may be that the stand only tilts (there’s no swivel or ro­tate). If you’re a tall per­son this means rais­ing the screen by plac­ing it on books (or sim­i­lar) to avoid OH&S style neck is­sues. This shouldn’t be a con­sid­er­a­tion when mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant new pur­chase.

The 27-inch touch­screen gets bright and is uni­formly lit. View­ing angles are good but colours aren’t par­tic­u­larly vi­brant. Mo­tion blur isn’t an is­sue al­though gamers will note that it’s not as silky smooth as a 144Hz gam­ing mon­i­tor. Also, the Full HD res­o­lu­tion nat­u­rally gets a bit pix­e­lated when stretched over such a wide area, so don’t ex­pect su­per-crisp text (or con­sis­tently-sharp graph­ics). The touch­screen ele­ments work well and are re­spon­sive and the matte screen does a good job of evad­ing fin­ger­prints.

The “Waves MaxxAu­dio Pros­peak­ers” get im­pres­sively loud and pack a rea­son­able punch thanks to de­cent bass and treble re­sponse. The in­cluded key­board and mouse feel cheap and plas­ticy but are gen­er­ally very us­able. You can up­grade to bet­ter Dell vari­ants when buy­ing.

In terms of per­for­mance, the 2.4GHz hexa-core In­tel eighth-gen Core-i7 pro­ces­sor, 16GB RAM and 256GB M.2 drive means it flies along for 2D pro­cess­ing jobs and it scored a rea­son­able 4,256 in PCMark 10. Hard­ened gamers may find the Nvidia 1050 graph­ics lim­it­ing though. A score of 2,682 in Firestrike Ex­treme re­flects just 12fps av­er­age for top-end, cur­rent-gen­er­a­tion games. How­ever, it will still play the likes of Over­watch and Fort­night with few is­sues.

Con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions are gen­er­ally good. There’s no Thun­der­Bolt but there is a full com­ple­ment of USB 3.1 ports. There’s also HDMI out and in. Just note that most are rear-mounted and could be tricky to reach al­though USB Type-A, Type-C, an SD card slot and a 3.5mm head­phone jack do ap­pear at the side.

So who should buy it? If you want an unas­sum­ing com­puter, with a large screen, that doesn’t take up too much space, then it’s an at­trac­tive op­tion. It’s no gam­ing beast and it doesn’t quite ful­fill its po­ten­tial as a per­fect home hub, but as a gen­eral com­puter, it’s rea­son­able value.

KEY SPECS

2.4GHz In­tel Core i7-8700TH CPU • 16GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM • Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU • 256GB M.2 SSD • 1TB HDD • 27in 1,920 x 1,080 dis­play • HD we­b­cam • USB 3.1 Type-C • USB 3.1 Type-A • 2 x USB 2 • HDMI 1.4 • HDMI in • SD card reader • Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net • 3.5mm au­dio jack • 1yr on­site war­ranty $2,799 • www.dell.com.au

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