The 2017 edition of XPS 27 offers a nice price and performance, superior ergonomics and upgradeability.

If you are looking for an office desktop at a reasonable price, Dell’s all-in-one Optiplex range is a good option. The devices have average characteristics – all are limited to 24-inch displays and have modestly-performing integrated graphics and hard drives.

Nothing really changed when the Optiplex range was updated. But, it is Dell’s XPS 27 line that is currently setting the pace for Dell’s AIO products. Earlier XPS 27 options were first of all intended for home users although Dell’s website includes them in the ‘for work’ category. Indeed, high performance allows them to successfully deal with a variety of professional-level graphics and multimedia applications.

The XPS 27 all-in-one computer has a larger 27-inch display with the 2017 update now offering full 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160 pixels and 163.2ppi). The display supports 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color space making the desktop perfect for graphics and design applications. The screen is bright and sharp, the colors look vibrant and strong due to good contrast levels.

Dell unveils a number of updates to the 2017 XPS model. Now, it has a new articulating stand so that you can move the screen right back or lower it onto the desk like a digital drawing-board.

The XPS 27 can boast of an updated internal audio system with six speakers – four woofers and two tweeters – and quad-array microphones. You will be able to create voice profiles, such as ‘noisy office’ or ‘private call’ for webcam and softphone calls thanks to the bundled Waves audio software. According to Dell, the XPS 27 is “three times louder, 50% clearer, and with better bass”.

Of course, the device is larger and heavier due to these new features. With the weight of 17.3kg, the XPS 27 is almost twice the weight of Apple’s iMac (9.54kg). But as far as a desktop is concerned, that doesn’t really matter as you will not have to take it with you while travelling. The XPS 27 is more upgradeable. And perhaps, many users will prefer the ability to adjust the height of the screen without having to sit the PC on top of a telephone directory to the slimline profile of the iMac.

The XPS 27 runs on 6th-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, with up to 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and discrete AMD graphics.

The XPS 27 is sold at £1,699 or $1,350 in the US for a model with a Core i5-6400 processor running at 2.7GHz, along with 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive and Intel’s integrated HD 530 GPU. The i7 model with a quad-core Core i7-6700 running at 3.4GHz (up to 4.0GHz with TurboBoost), 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a discrete AMD Radeon R9 M470X GPU with 4GB of VRAM to handle graphics performance will start at £2,599 or $2,850 in the US.

Dell has done its best to transform the attractively designed home desktop into a professional-level graphics workstation. Even if the XPS 27 lacks the iMac sophisticated design, it can offer a nice price and performance, superior ergonomics and upgradeability that will appeal to creative users.

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