XPS 27 (2012)by Dell

  • XPS 27 (2012)
  • XPS 27 (2012)
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VERDICT
A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
88%
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PROS

  • The XPS 27 offers a beautiful 27-inch touch screen with QHD 2560 X 1440 resolution.
  • This all-in-one PC delivers good performance, with a Core i7 CPU, dedicated NVIDIA graphics, and a solid-state drive all available.
  • The XPS 27 has six USB 3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt port, SD card reader, HDMI-in, HDMI-out, Gigabit Ethernet, and audio jacks.

CONS

  • The $1600 entry model is light on high-end hardware. You'll have to pay at least $2100 to get NVIDIA graphics, a solid-state drive, and a Core i7 CPU.
  • Even if you buy the priciest model for $2700, you only get NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics. This mobile-optimized graphics hardware is better than Intel's integrated graphics, but it won't satisfy most PC gamers.
  • This machine is larger and thicker than some competing all-in-ones.
Dell's XPS 27 is a high-end all-in-one PC that offers a 27-inch touch screen with Quad HD resolution, the same resolution as Apple's standard 27-inch iMacs. Behind the screen you'll find impressive hardware on the high-end models, including a Core i7 CPU, solid-state drive, and dedicated NVIDIA graphics. It's arguably the PC world's best answer to Apple's iMacs, but with Microsoft Windows and a touch screen. Despite the touch screen, it's still a desktop PC; it doesn't include a battery so you can move it around, like some all-in-ones.
NameXPS 27 (2012)Z1 G2 All-in-OneYoga Home 900Zen AiO Pro Z240ICIdeaCentre B750 All-in-One
ManufacturerDellHPLenovoAsusLenovo
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