The Dell Inspiron 27 7000 offers an ultra-sharp display, virtual reality gaming and a microphone array to better interact with Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant. In fact, it’s one of the most future-proof Windows 10 all-in-ones that shoppers can buy this summer.
The company revealed the Inspiron 27 7000 at the Computex 2017. As an all-in-one PC, it replaces all the things you might have on your desktop today. Matte black plastic and aluminum cover most of the machine. The body is two inches thick. There’s no tower, though a keyboard and mouse are included.
The 27-inch InfinityEdge display and the aluminum speaker grille dominate the front. The company uses InfinityEdge displays to achieve the thin screen bezels on the XPS 13 and XPS 15. Dell plans to offer a 4K display with HDR10 support in the near future.
The 4K display offers a higher resolution display on par with most TVs. HDR is short for high-dynamic range, HDR10 screens show more color contrast than the average display. A feature called Display Sharing lets buyers use the Inspiron 27 7000 as a 4K HDR10 display for video game consoles and set-top boxes.
There aren’t many all-in-ones that boast a premium gaming experience like this one does. The AMD Radeon RX 500 graphics card, Ryzen 8 Core processors and optional 16GB of DDR4 options are listed on Dell.com. Dell says the Inspiron 27 7000 can handle virtual reality gaming headsets from Oculus and HTC with the right options. Gamers don’t need headsets with this PC. It has two speakers and a subwoofer that are all tuned for MaxxAudio Pro quality sound.
Dell’s engineers planned for expansion. Because there are two drive slots, buyers can add a 1TB hard drive and 256GB solid state drive to the PC when customizing. The removable rear panel lets users replace these drives in the future. A USB Type-C port connects the PC to phones and docking accessories without much effort. 3 USB 3.1 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, audio out, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI out, an SD card reader and headset jack are built-in.
Two hardware features enhance Windows 10 on this machine. The PC’s microphone array can hear commands for the Cortana personal assistant from across a room. Microsoft plans to enhance Cortana for these microphones with the next major update to Windows, and there aren’t many PCs that offer this today. A front-facing Windows Hello camera lets users sign in by making eye contact with the machine.
The Dell Inspiron 27 7000 begins shipping in the next few weeks worldwide, according to Dell. Expect it to cost as little as $999 in the United States. It’s available to order in China today from Dell.com