Dell unveiled a brand new all-in-one PC this morning with the help of The Glitch Mob, in what may have been one of the earliest morning live electronic music performances ever. Band member Josh Mayer played a little bit of “Fortune Days” using the Dell XPS 27 as his musical instrument — he’ll have to get used to it, because it’s the machine the band will be using during their shows on tour starting later this year.
One look at it tells you why there might be some appeal to the musically inclined. The XPS 27 was built for high-end creatives in general, but especially for those creating and performing electronic music. There’s a row of six speakers (two tweeters, four full-range drivers) below the display, plus another four downward-firing speakers on the underside — each channel can get up to 50W of power, so this system is no joke. As usual, Dell has partnered with Waves for MaxxAudio tuning, but this time they also got help from Jack Joseph Puig, a Grammy-winning producer.
The rest of the XPS 27 delivers on being a creative machine. It has a 27″ 4K display that can reproduce 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color gamut. That can be backed up by some decent processing power — Dell is using high-performance 6th generation Intel Core i processors, and while Intel HD Graphics are standard, upgrades to a discrete AMD GPU (up to an AMD R9 M485X 4GB) are available, along with between 8 and 32 GB of RAM. The XPS 27 can be configured with SATA HDDs, PCIe SSDs, or a SATA HDD with a small SSD boot and cache drive. The whole thing will run on a 360W power supply unit, and it sounds like it’ll be pushed.
Plenty of extras here, too. Like a lot of PCs at CES this year, there’s a front IR camera that enables facial recognition login using Windows Hello. There are tons of ports for professionals, including Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C, USB 3.0, USB 3.1, an SD card reader, an audio port, HDMI out, DisplayPort 1.2, and Gigabit ethernet. The display can be tilted up, and can even be tilted away from you — The Glitch Mob usually does this during their performances to show the audience how they work.
The Dell XPS 27 is available today and starts at $1,500.