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Rating: 4/5Excellent Workstation, but Not Quite Perfect
This review is from: DELL All-In-One PC XPS 2720 (XPSo27T-714BLK) Intel Core i5 4440s (2.80 GHz) 8 GB DDR3 1 TB HDD 27" Touchscreen Windows 8
Pros: I was looking for a workstation with a 1440p screen, 8 gigs of RAM, and at least 500 gigs of storage. I also wanted something that took up minimal desktop space. This was the perfect solution.
The big, high-resolution screen helps me to work more efficiently (audio/video editing, graphic design). Plus, the display looks great. Even the touch screen is occasionally useful, which I did not expect. I was really impressed with the quality of the built-in speakers, so much so that I got rid of my external desktop speakers.
The processor chews through CPU-intensive tasks with aplomb. 8 gigs of RAM allows me to run several programs at once with no performance problems. There are enough USB ports to support my devices. Having Bluetooth and a Logitech Receiver built in to the system are helpful features.
I like that there is one HDMI-out port, so I can add a second display down the road (which I plan to do). The HDMI-in port could also be handy for hooking up a game console, which could be handy for people with limited space.
It's a heavy system so you won't have to worry about knocking it over.
The included Dell software is relatively useful, and stays out of the way when not needed.
The overall look of the system is very stylish. I love not having to worry about finding a place for a desktop system.
Cons: This thing is heavy, which made carrying the box up some stairs a bit of a chore.
The DVD drive will literally launch discs out of the slot while ejecting. The first time it happened, I thought I had done something wrong. It's possible that my drive's eject function is defective.
The included hard drive is just a regular mechanical drive. I would have preferred a hybrid drive.
There is no easy way to access the internal hardware. The Dell website has a guide for disassembling the back panel, so I think one could get in there if need be, but it seems like a complicated procedure.
The wireless mouse and keyboard would not connect during the initial Windows setup procedure. I had to use the touchscreen until I could get the drivers setup in Windows. The space bar on the included keyboard was unresponsive half of the time, so I finally just replaced it with my old keyboard.
At around $1500, it's a little expensive for what you get. I recommend shopping around.
Other Thoughts: I am really happy with this system. The hardware is fast, the screen is excellent, and the form factor minimizes the system's footprint. It's exactly the sort of workstation I was looking for, and I hope to use this system for years to come.
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