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Dell's XPS 27 all-in-one has 10 speakers for some reason

With ten speakers, it's hard to wrap your head around the Dell XPS 27 All-in-One. This all-in-one sports a 27-inch IPS display, optionally with touch and up to a 4K resolution, Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, up to 32GB of RAM, and up to a 512GB SSD.

But enough about all that, let's talk about those speakers. It's sure to be divisive design, with six round metal mesh speaker grills arrayed across the bottom of the display. Personally, I don't like it, but I could see how some could — I'm not averse to flashy tech. Those speakers are just part of the full driver array you'll find on the XPS 27 — it sports a total of ten speakers running at 50W per channel:

  • 2 tweeters (highs)
  • 4 full-range drivers (mids)
  • 2 passive radiators (bass)
  • 2 down-firing full-range drivers (more mids!)

According to Dell, the XPS 27's array of speakers give it the ability to cover the full spectrum of sound for crystal clear and loud music — twice as loud as an iMac, 10 times the bass of HP's Envy 27.

Beyond that, Dell designed the hinge of the XPS 27 to allow it to pivot up and down and tilt all the way back. There's still a relatively thick computer and speaker cavities behind that display, so it can't get Surface Studio flat to the table, but it can certainly get into a more comfortable position for using as a touch display.

Whether or not the XPS 27 appeals to you, that's your call. But there's no denying its audio power.

You can order the XPS 27 today, starting at $1,499.99

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Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

  • Focused on sound system similar to HP 34" AIO envy!
  • Like the idea, hate the design
  • It does look a little dated
  • Love it.   Anyone know if it has pen support like the canvas has?  
  • Problem is - this is never ever going to be as good as an external 5.1 or atmos setup, they are essentially limiting their own audience in giving people an 'ok' audio experience.
  • I am cool with the speaker setup built in if it has a subwoofer out. My HP touchsmart 520 had that and it was great. I had a 10" powered home theater sub hooked into the AIO, and it had half decent sound from the beats audio. I have 3 home theater systems with PSB speakers throughout my house so I just want a great sounding music experience with my desktop.
  • What keyboard is used in photos?
  • looks like standard dell keyboard, my desktop came with the same thing only wired
  • I feel like a lot of these CES articles and other trade show articles are duplicates of each other. If the writers are all here at this event, why are they all writing about the same thing and posting the articles nearly side by side?
  • I think they should have put the speakers at the top.  Most all-in-ones put the screen at an uncomfortably high viewing angle, and this one also puts the screen too far away from you and makes you reach over the speakers when it's tilted down.