Like its Gateway namesake, the XPS One is user serviceable, with a back panel that slides open. Unlike the Gateway One, it doesn’t have an extra drive bay or a drop-in SATA installation. RAM is easy to access, and an ATI Radeon HD 2400 card occupies the MXM graphics card slot (though you can’t upgrade the graphics at this point).
The XPS One has a wireless keyboard with a built-in touchpad, so you can use it on your lap while watching TV without having to enlist your log as a mouse pad. The keyboard incorporates many of the more important MCE and playback controls, and the wireless laser mouse is sweet.
The XPS One comes with Adobe’s Elements Studio. This suite is not quite the match of Apples iLife ‘08, but it’s formidable nonetheless. The Dell excelled on our multimedia tests, besting both the Gateway One and the iMac (20-inch Aluminum) with its test scores: 1 minute 13 seconds on Windows Media Encoder and 50 seconds on Photoshop CS2. Alas, the Radeon HD 2400 is a lightweight graphics card-fine for HDTV and basic 3D tasks, but its feeble 128MB of graphics memory sinks it as a pining platform.
Though some versions of the XPS One are”one cord,” the high-end model we tested requires at least one extra cable for the built-in HDTV tuner, though there’s a cable routing clip on the One to keep wires out of the way if need be. Speaking of high-def, the Dell also packs a Blu-ray drive. The display’s native resolution is 1,680-by-1,050. You can’t view HDTV in full 1,920-by-1,080p with the Dell- not that you’d be able to tell the difference on a 20-inch screen. But Blu-ray movies look terrific on the XPS One.
Between its superb design, extensive feature set, and speedy performance, the Dell XPS One has upped the ante on all-in-one greatness.Dell XPS One ReviewSpecs: 2.33-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 processor; 2GB 667-MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 500GB, 7200-rpm SATA hard drive; 128MB ATI Radeon HD 2400 graphics card; BD-RE(Blu-ray) drive; integrated 20-inch widescreen LCD monitor; Windows Vista Home Premium.Price range: $2,399Check This Out:Gateway One: A Pretty Vista All-in-OneHP TouchSmart IQ775 PC: Family Computer in KitchenApple iMac (20-inch Aluminum): Sleeker and Thinner