I never particularly liked all-in-ones (AIO). So, when Dell politely asked me to review the Dell Inspiron 27 7000 I gritted my teeth; swore silently under my breath; “Not another bloody Windows 10 computer”; and said sweetly “Sure, send it over.”
It sat on my test bench, every ready for the review and whatever I grudgingly said about it. Finally, I could procrastinate no longer. Guess what – I liked it, really liked it. My, how far all-in-ones have come since my last experience.
To be fair Dell sent me its $2798.99 flagship model. Intel 8th Core i7-8700T CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 27” FHD Touch display, 1TB HDD and 256GB SSD, and Nvidia GeForce GTX1050 graphics. This should be a screamer after all the low power Intel CPUs I have tested in laptops.
But then its Core i5-8400T version at $1999 is no slouch either.
Review: Dell Inspiron 27 7000 AiO. (Model Inspiron 27-7777)
Australian website here.
In the box
- Pedestal stand (optional articulating stand to lay flat)
- Power brick 19.5V/9.23A (180W)
- Dell KM636 Wireless keyboard and mouse (uses USB receiver)
The first impression
It comes in a big box weighing a tad over 13kg. The box is like those TV cartons with four removable plugs at the base, and the outer cover slips off. Now you think a seasoned reviewer like me would spot that! Must avoid at all costs the temptation to slice open the top!
The stand slips in and voila. Here is a lovely, 27” flat, matte, touch screen, not any thicker than a typical backlit LED/LCD monitor. Dell has done a great job packaging it all up into a unit barely 58m thin and overall 200mm deep with the stand.
It is perfect for narrow 600mm desks. For two reasons. First it does not take up a lot of space, and second, you can sit close enough to make use of the 10-point touch screen.
The screen has a 40mm wide honeycomb speaker bar along the bottom – it looks good.
It is a typical Windows 10 setup.
- Select country
- Mute the annoyingly helpful Cortana
- Disable all Microsoft’s anti-privacy features
- Log in with a Microsoft account (or create one or skip this step)
- Suffer interminable amounts of time during Windows Update (took around two hours)
- Experience Dells’ nagging to register
- Run Dell Digital Update for the latest firmware (not part of Windows Update)
- Then grin and ignore Dell’s bundled software. McAfee will protests that you need to subscribe because there are millions of nasties out there. Dropbox wants to give you 20GB free storage for a year …
To be fair, there is not too much bloatware, and you can easily remove it from Programs and Features.
But the entire process took around 2.5 hours and more than 4GB downloads over an NBN 50 line.
You can also install Ubuntu Linux if you wish.
The screen – 27” touch with a nice matte finish
It is a 1920 x 1080, AG Narrow Border, AIT Infinity Touch Display with Wide Viewing Angle IPS. Don’t ask me what AG or AIT is – they are probably marketing terms. OK, now you have me interested.
As best I can tell Ag is the periodic table element for silver and indeed there is a narrow, black (not silver) 4mm bezel around the screen. AIT stands for advanced in-cell touch meaning the touch digitiser is part of the screen enabling thinner screens and a narrower bezel.