XPS One: New Dell All-in-One PC

Take your pick… you might have seen some notices on Engadget, Gizmodo or Crave that the XPS One was available for pre-order. If you missed those, you may have seen the PC Magazine review, where it earned a 4.5 star rating and an Editors' Choice award. Well now it's official, we have officially launched the XPS One. It's our first-ever all-in-one system, which means the computer, the flat panel, the speakers and the integrated 2 megapixel camera and microphone are all integrated in a single piece.The XPS One will initially be available to customer in Japan and the United States.

Update, 12-6: Just saw we posted the XPS One commercial on Dell.com. Lots of old computers blow up in a stylized environment and there's a song playing in the background. Kinda cool.

 

From a design perspective, it's more symmetrical than many of our competitors' all-in-ones. It looks more like a standalone flat panel display. The 20" widescreen features an edge-to-edge temepered glass for an uninterrupted, seamless look. The strong yet sleek aluminum stand feeds into the smoked-glass base of the unit. Another cool feature is the motion-sensing multimedia buttons on the right side of the unit. If you move within a foot of the buttons, they light up for just a few seconds before they turn back off. The slot-loaded DVD drive also lights blue so you can see where to insert a disc. Bottom line, you can insert a DVD without turning the lights on. Soon after you start the movie, the lights fade from view so you can wach the movie undistracted.

Just like some of our competition the XPS One can be plugged in with a single power cord. It supports multiple wireless technologies, including 802.11 a/b/g/ and draft-N for WiFi connectivity. The wireless keyboard and mouse utilize Radio Frequency (RF) technology. We chose to support RF so we could make it easier to set up—RF technology does not require pairing like Bluetooth does. However, the all XPS One units come standard with Bluetooth 2.0 support, so if you have headphones, a headset or other Bluetooth peripherals, those will work with the system as well.

Update: RF Technology does indeed require pairing. We do this in the factory before shipping the system.

 

Like some designs of our competitors, the XPS One only requires one cable to power the system, display, speakers, and the integrated camera and microphone. Things like the internal analog/digital hybrid TV tuner will add at least one cable, but regardless of how many cables you will use in your setup, they can be easily routed through clips on the base.

Graphics-wise, you have two options: integrated video or the optional ATI Mobility Radeon 2400 HD. That card features an HDMI output and also supports DirectX 10. Just don't expect to be playing DX10 games at high resolution with this system… it's not designed to be a high-end gaming box. However, with the optional Blu-ray disk player (optional only in the United States at this point) (standard in Japan) and analog/ digital TV tuner, it does make a pretty slick high-def system. Since I usually get asked about this, the hybrid analog/digital tuner supports over-the-air HD. Connecting to a satellite or cable box requires a break out box and an IR sensor. Cable Card is not supported with the ATI 2400 HD hybrid tuner. One other note is that the maximum monitor resultion for the 20" flat panel is 1680 x 1050—that means that 1080P is not supported, since it requires 1920 x 1080.

Note from Lionel, 11/19—I incorrectly linked to the desktop version of the ATI Radeon 2400HD card—I have updated it. Please note that we support the mobility version of the card, which does not have HDMI out. Also the analog/digital TV tuner is a separate card, not part of the ATI 2400 HD graphics card like I had said in the previous sentence. My apologies for the inconvenience.  

Like the XPS 420, the XPS One comes with Adobe Elements Studio, which is full versions of these three Adobe applications:

In this vlog, Mary Miller from the XPS product team goes into more detail about what kind of customers we designed the system for, and takes you through some of the key usability and design features that make this product unique.


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