Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss
Beats me. I just checked for the first time today. The CD2 they use in the base machine is the 2.0 Ghz model. I certainly think that it's interesting to find that Dell's AIO is more expensive and less powerful than an iMac. If I'm going to theorize about why this is, I'd surmise that Apple is more experienced in designing and manufacturing AIOs, and also that the "Apple tax" is either a myth, a fantasy, or both.
You get $50 off instantly, so the price starts at $1,317. Then to be nice i’ll knock another $80 off the price since that goes to Global Fund to help prepare African babies to get adopted by Hollywood celebrities or something, so the price is now $1237.
Dell is using an old Allendale/SantaRosa architecture desktop processor that is 65nm, 2 MB L2 Cache, 800 MT/s CPU that cost $113 back in 2007 when it was introduced. Contrast that to the 45nm, 6MB L2 Cache, 1066 MT/s CPU that cost $348 when released.
That isn’t even considering the XPS One’s DDR2 667MHz RAM, 250GB HDD, Intel GMA 3100 IGP, 80°*viewing angle compared to the iMac’s DDR3 1067MHz RAM, 320GB HDD, Nvidia 9400M IGP, 160° viewing angle, etc.
I’m guessing that the XPS One has not been a good seller for Dell so they are just holding it until they can get rid of stock, but that doesn’t explain the excessive price for such old components.