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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