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Dell XPS 27 Review: A great Windows All-in-One

Dell has really upped their hardware game over the past few years. They’ve gone from making ones made out of plastic that feel flimsy to making some of the best computer hardware around.

The Dell XPS 27 All-in-One is no exception, I’ve been using the Dell XPS 27 for a few weeks now and it’s one of the better all-in-one computers that I’ve used.

Design & Hardware

Dell has done an excellent job on the hardware and design sides of things. The Dell XPS 27 looks great, and looks like a premium device. The front of the device has a 27-inch UltraSharp 4K touchscreen display with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 which just looks stunning.

Just below that beautiful display and just beneath the Dell logo on the front is the webcam along with a Windows Hello infrared facial recognition camera. That made logging into to the device, so much easier.

Videos looks amazing on this display, especially when watch 4K Netflix and YouTube content. Just below the screen on the front are a set of 10 discrete speakers of which six are visible. The speakers are comprised of two tweeters, four full range drivers, two passive radiators and two down-firing full range speakers. The speakers that are visible are the dedicated tweeters and the bass/mid range speakers.

The speakers on the Dell XPS 27, sound awesome and it’s especially great when you’re watching video or just listening to music on Spotify (especially when writing this review). On the left side of the device is a headphone jack and a SD card slot. The right side of the device, you have the power button and a USB 3.0 port.

The rest of the ports are on the back with a Kensington lock slot, two Thunderbolt 3 ports (aka USB Type-C, ethernet port, AC power, audio out, HDMI, DisplayPort and four USB 3.0 ports.

The rest of the computer is made from machined aluminum which looks great. My only gripe is that I wish it was easier to access the rest of the ports. Putting them at the back of the device, especially behind the stand wasn’t the best idea.

The XPS 27 does have an articulating stand, and a touchscreen but the only thing that would have made this better, is if it had support for Dell’s Active Stylus. The computer can articulate to nearly flat, which would be great for drawing but the Dell XPS 27 does not support any styluses, so you can’t use my favourite feature of Windows 10, which is Windows Ink for drawing.

Another thing to point out is that the XPS 27 is extremely heavy, I was able to lift it but I struggled a bit. The touchscreen version of the XPS 27 weighs about 40lbs while the non-touch version is about 29lbs. So be careful if you’re going to be moving this around.

Inside the Dell XPS 27, you’ll find a 6th Gen Intel Core i7 (6700), clocked at 3.4 GHz with Intel HD Graphics 530. The model I tested (the 7760) had 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD.

The XPS 27 does come with Dell’s Premium Keyboard and Mouse and uses a USB dongle to connect both peripherals to the computer. You can also connect the keyboard and mouse to two other devices via Bluetooth. The keyboard and mouse use AA batteries for power. And while the keyboard and mouse for the XPS 27, are comfortable and easy to use but the keys can feel shallow to type on, there’s something I can put my finger on.

Maybe it’s the fact that if you want to take a screenshot, the normal Windows Key + Print Screen in Windows 10 won’t work because the Print Screen only works when you hold the Fn key as well. There is enough space on this keyboard for Print Screen, Scroll Lock (of which nobody hardly uses) and Pause Break, their own keys or at least make Insert, Home and PgUp use the Fn key to function. It would be cool if the keyboard had a backlight but that’s just something that I would like

Also, occasionally, the mouse would disconnect and I would have to turn off the mouse then turn it back on again for it to work.

The XPS 27 does come at a cost, it starts at $2,499 CAD and that will get you a 6th Gen Intel Core i5, Windows 10 Home, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. The computer can be optioned up to a 7th Gen Intel Core i7, 32GB of RAM (there is 4 SoDIMM slots and a support up to 64GB of RAM) and a 2TB hard drive with a 32GB SSD.

Software

The Dell XPS 27 is running Windows 10, which Microsoft says it the best version of Windows yet. Which I do agree with Microsoft, they have made major improvements to their OS. Windows 10 takes the best of Windows 7 and 8.

Just like in Windows 8, Windows 10 can be used with devices with and without touchscreens. And unlike Android, there are lots of Windows 10 apps that work well on a tablet. Sure, there might not be as many apps as on Android or iOS but there are alternatives and you can easily install apps that are not on the Windows store.

I was able to easily multi-task on the XPS 27 and the computer easily kept up, especially when editing and rendering videos, playing games and some photo editing work. In Windows 10, there’s even a tablet mode which will bring up the “Modern/Metro UI” that was introduced in Windows 8. 

Most of the other apps you’ll find pre-installed on the XPS 27 are standard with any Windows 10 PC.

I did come across a few issues in the software, like when I put the XPS 27 into sleep mode, about and hour or two later, I would randomly wake up without touching the device or keyboard or mouse. So I would find that I had to shut off the device every night, because one or two times, I left it on sleep before going to bed and it would turn on in the middle of the night.

Also, I did have some issues with getting slow Wi-Fi speeds on the XPS 27 but it seemed to get better when I updated some drivers but the XPS 27 along with my other devices like my Macbook Pro and my Pixel XL would get much faster Wi-Fi speeds and all three devices would be the same distance from my router.

Final Thoughts

Dell has shown that they’re capable of making of not just great laptops but also great All-in-one computers. I really like the XPS 27 All-in-one, it’s one of the better ones that I’ve used.

If it wasn’t for the shallow keyboard, Wi-Fi issues, mouse connection issues and the omission of stylus support on the touchscreen, I would call the XPS 27, the best all-in-one computer but sadly I can’t.

If you’re looking for a great all-in-one Windows computer, with a great display, fast performance and awesome speakers, look no further than the Dell XPS 27 All-in-one.

Pros

  • Beautiful display
  • Nice design
  • Speakers that will blow you away
  • Adjustable stand
  • Great performance
  • Windows Hello support

Cons

  • No stylus support on the touchscreen
  • Extremely heavy
  • Rear ports are hard to get to
  • Expensive
  • Wi-Fi and mouse issues




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