Barely a month after the launch of the Gateway One, Gateway's attempt to mimic Apple's iMac with a Windows Vista-based system, Dell has introduced a similar machine based around the same formula. Just like the iMac, Dell's new XPS One features a wide-screen display with the guts of the PC packed tightly behind it.
Unlike the iMac, however, the XPS One is available in four different configurations priced at $1,499, $1748, $1,999, and $2,399. Processors range from the Core 2 Duo E4500 to the E6550, video options go from integrated graphics to the AMD Radeon HD 2400 Pro 256MB, and hard drives have sizes of 250GB to 500GB. All four machines have 20" displays, 2GB of DDR2-667 RAM, copies of Windows Vista Home Premium, analog/digital TV tuners with remotes, and built-in media card readers. The priciest system also features a Blu-ray drive.
The XPS One may seduce PC users, but considering its price, it doesn't seem to be poised as an iMac killer. Apple's cheapest iMac is $1,199—$300 less than the cheapest XPS One. The iMac has a slower processor, less RAM, and lacks a TV tuner and card reader, though.
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