Dell XPS One 27 Touch

Dell’s massive and very heavy XPS One 27 Touch offers excellent performance, superb build quality and a 27in display with an iMac-like 2560 x 1440-pixel and ten-point touch support.

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The Dell XPS One 27 Touch screen is supported by an articulated stand which allows you to lean the screen back towards the horizontal, although not completely flat, to make the touchscreen experience less uncomfortable.

It also allows for some degree of height adjustment – a unique feature among the systems reviewed recently. The image quality from the IPS display panel is very good, but can’t match that of Apple’s iMacs which are much more accurate and pleasing to the eye.

The Dell XPS One 27 Touch is a very heavy PC, more than 50% heavier than the equivalent iMac, and has a considerably more rugged look to it, although the build quality is pleasantly high.

Given its bulk and the effort require to move it around, it’s unfortunate that many of the connection ports are tricky to reach.

There’s USB 3.0, audio and a card reader available on the left side, but the remaining five USB 3.0 ports, HDMI input and out and S/PDIF connectors, among others, can only be accessed from the rear and are partially obscured by the stand.  

The front features a 2.0Mp webcam with a physical shutter which can be slid into place to protect the undressed and the paranoid, while the right edge of the screen has a slot-loading Blu-ray playback drive.

Four versions of the Dell XPS One 27 exist – we’re looking at the most expensive version, featuring a 3.1GHz Intel Core i7-3770S low-power processor and a 2TB hard disk, boosted by a 32GB SSD configured using Intel’s Smart Response Technology.

This combination delivered a superb PCMark 7 score of 5876 points, which is far and away the highest result recorded in the category. In fact, it’s around double the score of the Acer and Chillblast systems.

Apple’s 27in iMac ought to be faster, but it can't use its SSD when running Windows, so a direct comparison cannot be made.

If the £1679 asking price is too much for you, you can forego the touchscreen and articulating stand for an instant saving of £200.

Or you could retain the touchscreen and go for a slower processor and less memory for £300 less. Cut out all the fancy stuff and the base model is yours for £1179.

All models feature nVidia GeForce GT640M graphics which are powerful enough for a bit of gaming – just don’t try it at 2560 x 1440 pixels, as we’re only talking about fast enough with relatively conservative settings.

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