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Dell XPS ONE DSGi E6550 power desktop PC review

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Manufacturer: Dell

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

When considering a new PC, most customers weigh up the pros and cons of a desktop PC vs a laptop. All-in-one systems such as the Dell XPS ONE DSGi E6550 offer a third option.

When considering a new PC, most customers weigh up the pros and cons of a desktop PC vs a laptop, with many of us choosing a laptop for use at home to save space and avoid clutter. All-in-one systems such as the Dell XPS ONE DSGi E6550 offer a third option, combining many of the space-saving features of a laptop with a full-sized keyboard and display.

The Dell XPS ONE DSGi E6550 houses these features in an incredibly stylish and attention-grabbing package that would look good in any home. Its glossy screen is flanked by a pair of thin vertical speakers and topped by an integrated webcam, while a set of hidden transport controls automatically illuminate when your hand approaches. If you’ve ever considered Dell PCs to be uninspired or boring, this machine will change your mind.

Space constraints prohibit powerful cooling systems, which would be far too noisy to be practical; therefore power-hungry, high-performance components can’t be used. The 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 is considerably slower than you’d expect from a desktop PC at this price, limiting the Dell XPS ONE DSGi E6550's WorldBench 6 real-world speed performance to a below-average 97 points.

More importantly for some, the system graphics are provided by a rather underpowered 256MB Mobility Radeon HD 2400. The Dell XPS ONE DSGi E6550 is not for gaming, then.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (August issue)


  1. Chillblast Fusion Thunderbolt
  2. Mesh Xtreme X9450 GTX Pro
  3. Arbico Elite 9870EX
  4. CyberPower Sli KO GT
  5. Dell XPS ONE DSGi E6550

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Dell XPS ONE DSGi E6550 Expert Verdict »

2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6550
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit
2GB DDR RAM
298GB SATA
Dell XPS A2010 motherboard
6 x USB
20in built-in display (0.285mm pixel pitch, 1,680x1,050)
256MB PCI Express onboard Mobility Radeon HD2400 (framerates: Crysis [HQ] 4fps, Fear 7fps)
onboard Realtek ALC262
speakers built into monitor
subwoofer
8x/8x/4x/4x/6x/8x/5x/8x (DVD-R/+R/-RW/+RW/-R DL/+R DL/-RAM/-ROM)
Microsoft Works
McAfee Security
Roxio Creator DE
Dell utilities
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 97
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Despite its performance limitations, the Dell XPS ONE DSGi E6550 is an interesting alternative that may be just what you’re looking for.

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