When it was released last year, the XPS One only came with a 20-inch display, which kept it competitive with the base iMac but prevented it from displaying 1080p high-def content in its full resolution, which was an obvious drawback if you wanted to add the optional Blu-ray player. Now as competitors like HP and Sony have bumped up their all-in-ones to bigger screens, Dell has followed with a 24-inch option for the XPS One (creatively called the XPS One 24). Like other home-theater-inspired all-in-ones, the XPS One 24 comes with a built-in TV tuner for watching and recording programming and has updated speakers with a built-in subwoofer.
The XPS One 24 comes in two configurations, both coming with 4GB of RAM, Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 processor, a DVD burner, and a media remote. The $1,699 option ships with a 320GB hard drive and Intel GMA X4500HD integrated graphics, while the $1,999 version ups the hard drive a 750GB unit and adds a 512MB2 Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT graphics card. (Don't get too excited about playing new games with that card, since it's a mobile GPU.) While Dell says you can get the XPS One 24 with an optional Blu-ray player, there doesn't appear to be a way to add it currently on the Dell Web site. In addition, Dell is offering two configs under the XPS One 24 (PRODUCT)RED name, which means that a portion of the sale ($50-$80) goes to fighting AIDS in Africa. You get a choice of gray or white versions in addition to the standard black color, and the pricier config ($2,299) ships with Windows Home Ultimate instead of Home Premium.
The new XPS One 24 will start shipping in about 3 weeks. I'm not totally in love with its aesthetics and I'm not a fan of making people paying more than $1,500 for a system have to shell out extra for a Blu-ray player when plenty of laptops in the same price range come with one standard. What do you think? Would you consider buying this?