Dell’s all-in-one “Studio One 19” series is now available in the US starting at $699. That’ll get you a 2.5GHz dual-core Intel CPU, an 18.5 inch LCD at 1366×768, 2GB of RAM, a slot-load DVD burner, nVidia GeForce 9200 graphics, built-in webcam, and a 320GB hard drive.
You may want to spend an extra hundred bucks to get the multi-touch display that’ll allow you to manipulate photos and whatnot by swiping one or more of your fingers across the screen. Each configuration includes a standard keyboard and mouse, thankfully, or you can upgrade to a wireless kit for $40 more, which Dell promises will make the entire system setup consist of simply plugging in a single power cord.
The highest-level configuration starts at just under $1000 for a quad-core CPU, 64-bit Vista, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard dtive, and nVidia GeForce 9400 graphics. You can bump the hard drive up to 750GB for $80 and add a slot-load Blu-ray drive for $150, but all the money in the world won’t increase the screen’s resolution above 1366×768 on any of the available models, which may be a deal-breaker for those of us who like plenty of pixels to play with. A wireless network card is also a $20 upgrade ($40 for the N spec) on all the systems, which seems like kind of an odd choice.
Those quirks aside, the kit looks pretty intriguing for under a grand. You can also choose a trim color to surround the LCD. White is standard, while navy, charcoal, pink, and red will set you back $20.
Dell Studio One 19 Desktop [Dell.com]