Haswell invades Dell.
Haswell is here, and if you haven't already, be sure to check out our in-depth review . We'll wait. (Twiddles thumbs). Up to speed? Great, now let's take a look at what Dell has been up to with Intel's latest microarchitecture. Turns out the OEM has been quite the busy body refreshing a plethora of products, everything from its XPS 27 all-in-one (AIO) to its console-esque Alienware X51 small form factor (SFF) gaming PC.
The XPS 27 ($1600 and up) has a 27-inch edge-to-edge glass display with an Adobe RGB Quad HD (2560x1440) premium panel. According to Dell, it's the only 27-inch touchscreen AIO with QHD. Other features include 4th Generation Intel Core processor options (Haswell), optional Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics, up to a 2TB hard drive, and up to a 256GB mSATA storage option.
While still on the topic of desktops, Dell refreshed its XPS 8700 with Haswell. These systems feature up to 32GB of 1600MHz RAM, an SSD option with Intel Smart Response Technology, six USB 3.0 ports, four HDD bays, and up to 4TB of storage, Pricing starts at $700.
As for the Alienware X51 system we mentioned, the X51 R2 brings new processor options to the table and discrete graphics up to a GeForce GTX 670. It also offers storage configurations consisting of up to a 256GB SSD for the OS and 1TB hard drive for files. Pricing starts at $899 for Haswell-based setups.
On the hybrid front, Dell's XPS 12 starts at $1,200, weights 3.35 pounds, and is able to serve as a both a full-powered desktop and a tablet with a flip of the display. It has a 12.5-inch Full HD panel, is up to 1.6 times faster than the previous generation, and has a battery life of up to 8 hours and 43 minutes.
Moving away from the home consumer line, Dell announced upgraded OptiPlex 9020, Latitude E5440, and Precision T1700 mini-tower and SFF systems. Pricing for these systems were not announced.