June 02, 2012, 7:25 AM — If you’re in the market for a new all-in-one PC, the Dell XPS One 2710 is an appealing option. It’s fast, it handles Blu-ray discs, it delivers a great picture on its 27-inch PLS screen, and it costs all of $3500 less than the current category leader, HP’s Z1 Workstation. That’s no typo: Costing $1999 (as configured, price as of May 30, 2012), the XPS One 2710 racks up an impressive series of wins and makes few blunders.
It should come as little surprise that much of the XPS One 2710’s speed can be traced directly to its use of an Intel Ivy Bridge processor--namely, the 3.1GHz Core i7-3770S, the lower-power, 65W chip in the high-end Ivy Bridge lineup. The i7-3770S helped the XPS One 2710 nail an overall score of 143 on our WorldBench 7 suite of tests. To put that score in perspective, note that the far pricier HP Z1 Workstation posted a mark of 159 equipped with a 3.5GHz Intel Xeon E31280 processor, double the memory (16GB), a 600GB solid-state drive (versus the 2TB hard drive in Dell’s AIO), and an Nvidia Quadro 4000M graphics card, which offers 336 GPU cores versus 384 cores for the integrated Kepler chip on the XPS One, the Nvidia GT 640M.
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As for connections, Dell’s system delivers a modest amount of ports and slots for most conventional uses. Two USB 3.0 ports and a flash memory card reader grace the system’s left side; its right side is barren, save for a slot-loading Blu-ray combo drive (a delicious twist on the standard pop-out optical drives often seen on all-in-one desktops). The rear features four USB 3.0 ports, a gigabit ethernet port (complementing the desktop’s built-in Wireless-N connectivity), separate ports for HDMI-in and -out, an optical S/PDIF port, and a standard coaxial input if you want to turn the XPS One 2710 into a living-room TV.
Although we would have appreciated connection types for other storage and display standards (FireWire, eSATA, or DisplayPort), Dell covers its bases well enough with USB 3.0 and HDMI. A webcam sits on the front of the XPS One 2710, as well--not a noteworthy feature, aside from the unique shutter that you can manually open and close for privacy and a little more peace of mind.