CNET reviews Dell XPS One: Outclassed by Apple’s iMac

Dell’s new XPS One wins “the prize for most affordable [US$2,399] all-in-one with a Blu-ray drive,” Rich Brown reports for CNET Reviews. But, “you can get better overall computing and home theater experiences from other systems.”

“If it’s not the best pure living room PC, the [20-inch] XPS One is also not the best productivity-oriented desktop, even among other all-in-ones. In that category, Apple’s iMac still rules the day,” Brown reports.

“On every test, from music encoding to photo editing to multitasking, the XPS One falls behind the iMac that costs $750 less. There’s no HD drive on the iMac, so its entertainment powers are limited to standard-def audio and video, but it’s also reasonable to expect from any all-in-one that it also perform well as a computer… It’s just not as fast as its significantly less expensive competition,” Brown reports.

“As it did with its new XPS 420 desktop, Dell again closes the gap with Apple on this system with its software. Argue about Vista vs. the new Leopard OS all you want, but we’re referring to Adobe’s Elements Studio suite that competes strongly against Apple’s iLife 08 software. No other PC vendor offers an answer to iLife, and this remains a selling point for Dell,” Brown reports.

MacDailyNews Take: Dell’s “answer” to Apple’s bundled software is weak, to say the least, and Brown neglects to mention the very important fact that only Apple’s iMac can run all of the software the Dell can, plus its own superior Mac OS X Leopard OS and all of the often best-in-class Mac only software. It’d be a silly mistake to pay way more for this thing from Dell when you can pay far less and get so much more with an Apple iMac. Apple’s 20-inch iMac starts at $1199. Add in a Blu-ray drive from FastMac for $999 and you’re only at $2198, still $201 less than the Dell’s OS-limited, underpowered, overpriced XPS One with Blu-ray.

Brown continues, “The bottom line: It’s outclassed as a computer by Apple’s iMac.”

Full review here.


  1. Go iMac! Congrats on this win. I do however look forward to the day when blu-ray drives become available on Mac’s. Cupertino, please offer an HD drive in 2008 on-board 24″ iMacs, Pro laptops and Pro desktops.

  2. Cheap. Over-Designed and Ugly. As far as Bad Design goes, I doubt it would even appeal to the Alienware crowd. It would be right at home at Sears or Costco.

    Not only that, it has a Blu-ray player/burner (nice!), yet the screen resolution is only 1680 x 1080, so it doesn’t even support Full-HD , 1900 x1080. What a waste!

    Dell: Striving for Mediocrity.

  3. The full article had this quote: “You know your performance is in trouble when your gaming scores are slower than a Mac’s.”

    So, iMacs are now faster than the very high end PC’s that weren’t specifically tuned for game speed. Hopefully we will see this more and more, so this kind of quote will have to disappear.

    Go, Apple!

  4. I wish their review would include a better comparison chart. It would really highlight the advantages of the mac. Anyhow, for that $2400 price, you could get a loaded iMac 24″ 2.8 extreme with 4gb of ram (not from apple), and blow them out of the water…

  5. I don’t see what the big deal is about blu-ray built in either. Especially if it adds $1000 to the price (currently). I’ll wait until I can get an external FW or USB drive with HD or blu-ray for $250 before I make the swap.

  6. Add in a Blu-ray drive from FastMac for $999

    Question is, does this allow one to play BlueRay DVD’s on a Mac?

    I doubt it due to copy protection schemes requiring Apple to comply.

    I don’t know if the Dell with BlueRay plays BlueRay DVD’s but that WOULD BE SIGNIFICANT.

  7. Huh? I’m sure that the FastMac external Blu-Ray ray drive allows you to play Blu-Ray DVDs! That’s the main reason customers buy them. I’m sure you’re mistaken about this–there are no DRM issues in this regard.

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