Screen Quality

When I first powered on the Dell XPS One 2710, I was surprised at just how good the screen looked. I kept trying to do the TN panel test (look at a screen from below and see if it washes out), but it offered stellar viewing angles. What may surprise you is that Dell isn't openly advertising the fact that they're using Samsung's PLS panel in the XPS One instead of a bog standard TN panel; they simply list it as being a 2560x1440 screen and call it a day.

That's really to their detriment, because the XPS One 2710 has one of the best looking panels I've ever seen in an all-in-one, and the increased PPI was enough to make me seriously think about replacing the trio of 24" 1920x1200 panels on my desktop with these higher resolution screens.

LCD Quality - Contrast

LCD Quality - White

LCD Quality - Black

LCD Quality - Color Accuracy

LCD Quality - Color Gamut

Subjectively it's a terrific looking screen, but the Dell XPS One's panel does seem to have a little bit of trouble with black levels that the IPS in HP's TouchSmart 610 doesn't. I still have a deep abiding preference for *VA panel technology, which produces deep, inky, uniform blacks, but for a media center kind of PC like the XPS One 2710, the PLS panel is probably the best compromise. Motion and responsiveness in games also seemed subjectively solid. As far as other metrics like color accuracy and gamut, the XPS One isn't going to be enough for certain professional users, but that's not really the target market in the first place. For just about everyone else, this is a great LCD.

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  • ciparis - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - link

    The title is either missing some context-setting words, or it's one word too many. Reply
  • blackmagnum - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - link

    I'd wait for new hardware complementing the new OS before buying a computer. It is just too close. Reply
  • piroroadkill - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - link

    What's so great about 8? Reply
  • ananduser - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - link

    For those of us that are meh about the Metro interface it represents the best Windows to date. More featured and even lower hardware requirements than 7. Simply a better OS. The best consumer OS on the market. Reply
  • tipoo - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - link

    Apart from a touch screen, what would compliment it? Reply
  • Monkeysweat - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - link

    How come you didn't compare against a 27" iMac, it's direct competitor? Even the current generation gets you a quad core i7 and a 6970 1GB video card for the same price as the dell?

    I would say that is comparing apples to dells haha

    But seriously, compare it to the direct competitors - i don't think it would stand a chance, use bootcamp to run windows on the mac and have at it.
    Reply
  • Rookierookie - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - link

    You know something is wrong with your product when you put it side-by-side with an Apple and the Apple looks like great value. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - link

    Apple's cheaper 27" iMacs are decent, but for $1870 you lose:

    CPU performance (i5 vs. i7)
    SSD caching
    Blu-ray
    4GB RAM
    1TB of HDD space
    +you gain GPU performance.

    Or you pay a minimum of $2200 and still lose:
    SSD caching
    Blu-ray
    4GB RAM
    1TB of HDD space
    +you gain GPU performance.

    Or alternately:
    CPU performance (i5 vs. i7)
    SSD caching
    Blu-ray
    1TB of HDD space
    +you gain GPU performance.

    Yes, you could upgrade the RAM on your own, but the CPU difference is pretty major, and there are quite a few items that Apple currently just doesn't support (SSD caching, Blu-ray). And if you start comparing the iMac 21 with an Inspiron One 21, the story doesn't radically change (though we have to wait for the new Inspiron One models to show up before we can really do a pricing head-to-head).
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  • Penti - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - link

    Yeah just buy a iMac or a HP Z1. No competition. Others are just worthless. Or at least not good. The iMac and the HP Z1 can be configured as a decent workstation, or to do gaming or whatever your preference is better then other integrated monitor stuff with very weak mobile graphics despite high res screens. Most others also use TN screens. At least you can run the latest games at some fairly decent settings on a HD6970M 2GB even if not at native res. That said it is not worse at doing all-in-one then previous attempts. Reply
  • jabber - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - link

    ...is just wrong.

    Look at most tablets, they are a health hazard of hazy greasy residue.

    Nope.
    Reply

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