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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  • Tchamber - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - link

    You can't configure the iMac with 32gigs though, and it doesn't even have an option for bluray, and to get an i7 brings the price up to $2500. Reply
  • Penti - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - link

    Memory is installable and so is an external Blu-ray drive, you need Windows in Bootcamp though if you don't wish to break DMCA ripping discs. But then again you probably have that BD connected to be ripping discs. So you can get them playbacked one way or another. Otherwise you can pop your BD movie into an 90 dollar BD-player under your TV. The i7 adds 200. Reply
  • dagamer34 - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - link

    The point of an AIO is to avoid extra cables and crap, otherwise you might as well build a desktop, it's a far better value and upgradeable too. Reply
  • Penti - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - link

    Sure but you can get blu-ray playback on a Mac mini too. LG had a NAS (which they broke) with integrated BD-drive (burner) before, mounting over iSCSI and ripping over the ethernet is fine and clutter-less. Any iMac has a disk drive connected for Time-machine or similar so it won't exactly be clutter free. Power-cable, ethernet and one USB is pretty much fine though. You don't have to get the ugliest ODD ever setting it in front of your iMac on your desk and sit there staring at it all day. It's just a possibility if you need to illegally rip your discs. Not a necessary. Reply
  • Laststop311 - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - link

    Shame if they just fixed the temps and noise this thing would be a beast Reply
  • Bownce - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - link

    Here are some options I've been eying for my mid-2010 iMac i5 27"
    SSD, eSATA, etc.
    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/turnkey/iMac_2010_2...

    Not spam. Just a customer looking at the options.
    Reply
  • Bownce - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - link

    Oh yeah, and as of 2010, 32Gb of RAM is supported based on their info. Reply
  • Wurmer - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - link

    True but getting 32 Gb of RAM will add another load of $$$. 800-900 and beside a few users who really need that much RAM ? Reply
  • palladium - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - link

    If you're looking at 32GB RAM, you probably should be looking at a workstation with a hex core i7, not an AIO. Reply
  • sfooo - Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - link

    Wouldn't it be more fair to call the current iMac lineup the 2011/SandyBridge set? Calling it the "current 2012 iMac" implies a refresh that hasn't happened yet. Reply

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