Pros Cool, blazing fast, quiet
Cons Or buy an Apple Mac and a copy of XP Pro to get same or better performance
Summary After reading the CNet article, I found it funny that they included a $2,500 Apple computer in their test results. First, because the Apple was a stock configuration with a low-end video card and half the RAM and it still kept up with the other $5,000+ PCs, and second, because CNet didn't bother to add a GB of RAM and the ATI X1900 512MB video card to put it on par with the Dell. Third, because they didn't run the Mac in Windows XP Pro and play the games.
It would have been embarrassing to show that the Apple desktop could very well have smacked all these PCs for under $3,500! But hey, we're talking Windows-loving CNet here, not an impartial review web site. Ha, ha, ha!
Pros Nice appearance, quiet, very powerful, easy to access components.
Cons The system set in an air conditioned office and was well treated. Trouble shooting determined that either the mother board or the CPU was bad. Dell repair cost was uneconomical. I expect more than 3 years performance out of Dell's XPS system.
Summary Dell's XPS is supposed to be the best. I purchased and XPS system in 1999 that finally died this past year. This system did not live up to its reputation. Its a Yugo in a Rolls package.
Pros -Good Price (not so much the H2C)
-Best case ever made for a computer, both in quality, funcionality, and especialy design.
-Very, very powerful
Cons -BTX form factor means lack of upgradability (i changed mine to ATX)
Summary The first thing people say about the XPS 710 (besides "its huge" is "Thats a dell??". It seems way to nice to be a dell. It looks good (if darth vadors had a computer, this would be it), its designed with quality materials (all alluminum side pannels). Its massivly powerful, and its at a great price...what more do you want?
Pros stable, consistant, quiet and runs like a top
Cons didn't know Dell would send new 710 to replace a 4 yr old (broken) XPS, so purchased a new 720
Summary Since this machine was a warranty replacement, it came configured as closely as possible to my 4 year old XPS. I would have configured it a bit differently. With a striping raid, it simply leaves my (always crashing) 720 in the dust.
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Pros good desktopw
Cons good desktops
Summary good desktopgood desktop