Extreme Performance: Dell XPS 730 Desktop


Extreme Deliverance

Extreme Deliverance

So you've seen its sleek exterior but what's really cool so far about it? Well, for a start, it's shiny and bright, even more so than the usual XPS lineup. It has got bright LEDs that you can adjust the colors, which absolutely scream of overdose. There are also plenty of air vents for circulation on the front bezel, which leads us to our next point, the noise. It's probably the first thing that you'll notice when you start up the XPS 730, as it begins with an alarmingly loud gust of air which subsides barely to an airport runway-like hum that never quite stops being irritating.

The XPS 730 comes with a wireless Bluetooth mouse and keyboard though we do advise to get a wired mouse and keyboard instead. This is because the mouse doesn't track accurately and wireless keyboard can't be used to access the BIOS.

The glossy surface of the front is matched by the bright LED lights whose colors can be customized for individual preferences.

The XPS 730 has two optical drives, a normal DVD writer combo and a Blu-ray drive for entertainment purposes. In case you're wondering, we set the LED colors to this bright ominous red.

The back of the unit is pretty standard fare that you'll find on any PC, though in reverse order due to the internals being mounted on the other side of the chassis, and thus the side access panel opens from the right instead of the left.

With hardware this good, it's only logical that you'll want your games rendered at maximum resolution and this is where the Dell 27-inch UltraSharp widescreen LCD monitor comes in. If our eyes were to be believed, images were crisp and clear (it's a S-PVA panel after all) and the native resolution of 1920 x 1200 together with its sizable dimensions bring on so much screen realty that we initially felt lost as to where to keep our eyes focused on. Sadly though, this 27-incher doesn't seem to be available on Dell's local website when you purchase the XPS 730 and the closest we could find for system configuration is the 24-inch and 30-inch UltraSharp models.

Lastly, a quick look at the pretty 27-inch monitor that was gorgeous to behold. We did notice that it got pretty hot when we used it, but it's still a pretty good monitor (if you can afford it).