Dell Inspiron 27 7000 AIO PC
A SOLID, GENERALLY-POWERFUL, LARGE-SCREEN PC WITH A SMALL FOOTPRINT
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.
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