Ever since Windows 7, we’ve gradually seen AIO computers pick up in importance, as the traditional desktop tower continues to fade away into obscurity. With Windows 8, this push goes even further, as most all-in-one devices are touch capable and often times include designs that are much more “tablet-like”. The newly announced Dell XPS 18 is one of these tablet-like AIO computers.
The new Windows 8-based desktop is an 18-inch AIO that also doubles as a tablet, thanks to a built-in battery that allows up to five hours of use away from a charger. The AIO has a built-in kickstand that somewhat resembles the design of the Surface and is also able to be docked into a special stand to give it a more ‘traditional’ all-in-one experience.
These kinds of devices are geared towards home users but they have quite a bit of enterprise/professional merit as well. Why? Not only can they be used as a workstation for your office, but their mobility means that you can also drag them into a conference room. The power of Windows 8 means you have access to tools like PowerPoint and its large display means you can pass around the device for sharing your ideas, without people having to squint to see it.
Due to its consumer-focused design and hidden business potential, it could make for a somewhat unconventional BYOD tablet/computer.
What kind of power is under the hood, though? Actually, it isn’t exactly a pushoever thanks to its Intel dual-core Pentium ULV processor, 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. It also has a gorgeous FullHD 18.4-inch display.
The dual-core Pentium not cutting it for your more intensive work and play applications? There is also a more expensive upgrade that includes an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The XPS 18 isn’t the first of its kind, with devices like the Sony Tap 20 coming to mind.
The biggest difference here is that it has a better design than that beast for portability, with a lighter weight and better battery life. If this sounds like a device you’d be interested in, it is expected to arrive sometime next month starting at $899.
What do you think, interested or not?
[ source ]