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iMac v Dell XPS One

In my dark times (techie wise) last week, with a duff desktop machine and my MacBook hard disk dead, I had a good look around the Dell website.

It must have been a moment of weakness that I signed up for their email newsletter.  But I am grateful, as it did ‘offer’ me Dell’s new all-in-one PC, the XPS One, for a ‘bargain’ special offer £999.

I think it’s fair to say that it has been at least ‘inspired’ by the current iMac, look at the design page here, and compare to the design page of the iMac here.  Hmmm…

I’ve specified an iMac with a similar spec to the XPS One (upgrade memory, hard disc and wireless keyboard), and it comes in at £921.99, £77.01 cheaper.  These prices are without any educational discount applied which I’d get (plus a three year warranty)

I don’t know enough about the graphics cards to be able to confirm that they are similar spec, the screen is the same size, and there’s a built in webcam.  It could be argued that Vista needs 2Gig of memory, whereas Leopard works well in 1 Gig (I was pleased to note on the Apple website that the cost of extra memory has finally fallen from £80 per gigabyte to £60 per gigabyte).

So I think it’s clear which I think is better value for money!  This reassures me, it’s sometimes tricky to know whether you’re comparing ‘apples’ with ‘apples’ (excuse the awful pun), but this is so clearly designed for the same market as the iMac.

The more research I do, the easier my decision becomes!