By Matt Neundorf
on 7.3.12
Photo by Dell

The all-in-one desktop market has belonged to Apple since we booted up our first Mac to hunt rabbits and die of dysentery on the Oregon Trail. Despite advances from its Windows-based competitors, the iMac has kept users captivated, thanks in large part to its high-density pixel resolution and minimalist design. Taking aim squarely at Cupertino’s flagship model, Dell has just dropped the specs on its new XPS One 27 ($1400+). This 27-inch all-in-one Windows machine meets the iMac head on with a matching 2560×1440 display, wireless mouse and keyboard, and a sleek single-corded pedestal design.

The Dell begins to differ on the inside, however, with its use of third generation Ivy Bridge quad-core i5 and i7 processors and Blu-ray capabilities that allow you can enjoy that beautiful screen. Other internals that can be optioned up to stand apart in a crowd include up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, an SSD drive with Intel’s Smart Response technology, and a TV tuner with remote. As a bonus, the optional NVIDIA GeForce GT 640m adapter can work on-demand with the help of Optimus switching technology. With a simple click of the mouse, you can dial back the processing power and activate the integrated Intel HD4000 graphics packed into the PCU. Multiple USB 3.0 ports abound, along with optical audio out, HDMI in and out, an SD card slot and an Ethernet port to round out the places to stick things in Dell’s handsome shell, while Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11bgn beg you not to. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; we tend to think Apple may see it a little differently.

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