Design The Dell XPS 27 has the same design we saw in its previous iteration , with a chassis made of CNC-milled aluminum, a wide inch display, a prominent row of speakers just below the display and a sturdy stand. The aluminum on the chassis and stand has a dark gray finish, which combines with the black trim for an attractive if slightly imposing look. Measuring The stand offers two points of articulation, letting you adjust both the angle and height of the display. It even allows you to place it in a low, horizontal position for comfortable touch-screen use.
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Design The Dell XPS 27 has the same design we saw in its previous iteration , with a chassis made of CNC-milled aluminum, a wide inch display, a prominent row of speakers just below the display and a sturdy stand.
The aluminum on the chassis and stand has a dark gray finish, which combines with the black trim for an attractive if slightly imposing look. Measuring The stand offers two points of articulation, letting you adjust both the angle and height of the display. It even allows you to place it in a low, horizontal position for comfortable touch-screen use. Ports The XPS 27 has plenty of ports and connections, though most of them are tucked away on the back side of the system.
The side-mounted ports are extremely convenient, and, frankly, I wish more manufacturers would follow suit in putting frequently used ports in an accessible place. All of this is exacerbated by the fact that the PC weighs nearly 40 pounds. As Wonder Woman dodged a bullet, I could make out individual hairs on her head.
The Dell XPS 27 rocks with the sort of thumping, pounding, turn-it-up-to sort of sound that will wake the neighbors. The XPS 27 has above-average brightness, measuring nits according to our colorimeter. Color is also impressive on the display, with the panel producing percent of the sRGB color spectrum.
This puts it slightly ahead of the Apple iMac percent but slightly behind the Surface Studio percent and the previous XPS 27 percent. The display is also very color-accurate.
This puts it alongside the Apple iMac as having one of the most accurate displays we have tested, with better accuracy than both the Surface Studio and the previous XPS To put it simply, the Dell XPS 27 rocks with the sort of thumping, pounding, turn-it-up-to sort of sound that will wake the neighbors.
It does this thanks to a combination of 10 speakers situated inside the all-in-one chassis: a pair of tweeters for highs, four full range drivers for midrange sound, two passive radiators for rumbling bass, and a pair of downward firing speakers, all driven with 50 watts per channel.
The results are loud, clear and booming. We tested the audio with a trio of rock classics — "Heart of Rock and Roll" by Huey Lewis and the News, "Simply Irresistible" by Robert Palmer and "My Sharona" by The Knack — and it not only filled the room, it could be heard out in the hall through closed doors. Audio was clear and full, with the sort of depth you rarely get on a PC. Deep bass shook the desk, and when I really cranked the volume, it got loud enough that I backed away to get out of the line of fire.
The slim keyboard and mouse share a single USB dongle for plug and play installation, and run on AAA batteries which are included. Additional hot keys control volume and media playback, while a slider switch on the keyboard lets you pair the keyboard to two other devices via Bluetooth.
The mouse also can be paired with other devices over Bluetooth, and you can cycle between them with a center button that sits behind the scroll wheel. While typing on the keyboard, I had no trouble hitting my 80 word-per-minute average, and the mouse is comfortable and accurate, though it feels a bit lightweight. Performance The XPS 27 is more than just a pretty face and a nice set of speakers, and our review system came equipped with a 3.
While testing the machine, I frequently had 10 to 20 browser tabs open, streaming music or video, and never saw it slow.
However, the Apple iMac has more number-crunching power Given that the category average is much slower , all of these are highly capable systems. In our low-end gaming test Dirt 3, the XPS 27 produced frames per second fps at p, and 96 fps when cranked up to 4K resolution.
In Rise of the Tomb Raider, it produced a very playable 71 fps at p, but when dialed up to 4K it dropped to 25 fps, below the 30 fps threshold for basic playability. The designers at Dell put the webcam below the display along the bottom of the speaker bar, which provides a less-than-flattering angle for anyone using the webcam. The resulting angle provides a lovely view of both the nostrils and the fleshy part where neck meets chin.
Alongside the webcam is an infrared camera, which can be used with Windows Hello for logins with facial recognition. A quartet of microphones provides good voice capture for using Cortana and clear speaking over Skype and similar services. Dell covers the XPS 27 with a standard one-year warranty.
The low end does not offer the articulated stand highlighted in our review. Bottom Line We loved the Dell XPS 27 the first time we reviewed it, and this new iteration only gives us more to love, with improved processing and better graphics. It has its flaws, to be sure, like a poorly placed webcam and nearly inaccessible rear ports.
For a better-than-4K display that goes above and beyond regular touch support, the Microsoft Surface Studio offers a brighter, higher-resolution display with both touch and pen support.
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