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November 19, 2007

Dell Intros 'XPS One' Multimedia Computer System

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Associate Editor

Dell (News - Alert) on Monday unveiled a new computer system that offers a robust set of home entertainment features for today’s media-centric household. The XPS One includes a combo computer and 20-inch flatscreen monitor (all-in-one unit with side-mount speakers), wireless keyboard and wireless mouse. Plus, as the company put it, “stunning design” to boot.

The Dell XPS One Multimedia Computer SystemThe designers at Dell clearly worked hard to create a compelling product that can serve both as a desktop computer and home entertainment center. For example, the unit included a built-in webcam with a dual-array microphone, and the included keyboard feature motion-sensing technology in the multimedia keys (when motion is sensed, the keys light up with a blue glow).
Also built into the sides of the monitor are an 8-in-one media card reader and a series of ports (with even more ports on the back).
Only one cord snakes out of the XPS One—the power cord. The mouse and keyboard are wireless; built-in WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0 capabilities mean other peripherals like headphones and printers need no wires, either.
Beyond design, the XPS One includes a variety of multimedia functions. In the U.S. (the product is also available in Japan), XPS One features a built-in TV tuner, and can be configured with an optional Blue-ray disc drive for recording, storing and accessing video.
Customers in the U.S. who buy XPS One also get Adobe Elements Studio software preloaded (bundle of Photoshop Elements 6, Premiere Elements 4 and Adobe Soundbooth CS3). These software products let users create slide shows, edit video and audio recordings and add sound effects to multimedia projects, among other functions.
Also included with XPS One are a 15-month subscription to virus and spyware protection software, and a one-year subscription to Dell DataSafe Online Backup (10GB of online storage).
Initially, Dell XPS One is available in the U.S. and Japan from Dell’s online store. In Japan, customers also have the option to pre-order the system in selected Bic Camera stores, with arrival expected in early December.
Pricing for the Dell XPS One system ranges from $1,499 for the basic model to $2,399 for a model that includes Blu-ray disk drive and ATI performance graphics capabilities.

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Mae Kowalke is an associate editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. She also blogs for TMCnet here.

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