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Dell XPS 8700 Special Edition
 
Approximate retail price:
$2050
Summary: A full-size desktop computer tested with Windows 8, an Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz processor, 24GB of memory, a 2TB hybrid drive, 1024MB Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics, a Blu-ray reader, and no speakers.
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Type: Full-size desktops
About - Dell XPS 8700 Special Edition

The Dell XPS 8700 Special Edition is a full-size desktop computer. It has 24GB of memory and a 2TB hard drive. It has an Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz processor and 1024MB Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti video adapter with 1024MB video memory. It is suitable for high-performance gaming. It comes with Windows 8 pre-installed.

The XPS 8700 Special Edition has a built-in memory-card reader for digital photography, and 8 free USB ports. It has a Blu-ray player and HDMI out for connecting to an HDTV.

The XPS 8700 Special Edition measures 7.3 inches wide by 16 inches high by 17.75 inches deep. It's backed by a 12-month warranty, with 12 months of tech support.

About This Brand

Inspiron is Dell's mass-market line of laptops, desktops, and all-in-ones. For higher performance and gaming systems, Dell offers the XPS convertible line. For hard-core gamers, Dell offers Alienware systems. Inspiron One and XPS are its all-in-one brands, including touch screens on some models. There's also a Chromebook geared toward students.

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Features & Specs - Dell XPS 8700 Special Edition
info Display size (in.) NA
info Processor Core i7-4770
info Memory (GB) 24
info Storage (GB) 2000
info Video memory (MB) 1024
info Optical drive Blu-ray reader
info Suitable for gaming Yes
info Wireless mouse No
info Wireless keyboard No
info Memory-card reader Yes
info TV tuner No
info Wi-Fi Yes
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User Reviews - Dell XPS 8700 Special Edition
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Best Dell Yet
5/12/2014
Pros
Adequate Storage
Easy To Set Up
Easy To Use
Fast
Reliable Performance
Sleek Design
Cons
Best Uses
Graphics
Internet
Large Applications
Music
Video
Word Processing
Comment:
Best Dell yet. I have several Dell computers. One is 15 years old and is running WIndows 2000 server. The energizer bunny. I bought this from COSTCO online for $1299, about $500 cheaper than from DELL!
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Excellent: Dell XPS 8700 Special Edition
3/27/2014
Pros
Adequate Storage
Easy To Set Up
Fast
Msata Drive
Quiet
Reliable Performance
USB 3
Cons
Default Storage Location
Windows 8
Best Uses
Graphics
Internet
Music
Video
Word Processing
Comment:
This is an excellent, high-performance computer.<br /><br />My biggest complaint and disappointment is with the Windows 8 software!<br /><br />CAVEAT EMPTOR: IF WERE USING WINDOWS 7 OR PREVIOUS VERSIONS TO CREATE BACK UP FILES, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RESTORE YOUR BACK UPS TO YOUR NEW WINDOWS 8 OR 8.1 COMPUTER!!! <br /><br />As noted in the Windows 8.1 Inside Out book: Windows 7 allowed you to restore files directly from Windows Explorer . . . . In case you are looking for that feature, Windows 8.1 doesn't have it.<br /><br />My other complaint is that the computer's My Document Folder and default software installation folder selected the 256MB mSATA C solid state drive, instead of the voluminous 4TB hard drive. As a result, the MSATA drive immediately filled up with data.<br /><br />Changing the default drive required a call to Dell's customer support. The default My Document Folder was changed to the larger hard drive. However, it was a limited fix. Other windows users can access your files.<br /><br />On the upside, having the operating system installed on the mSATA drive allows the computer to boot up in seconds.<br /><br />OS: Windows 8.1 (purchased with Windows 8), 64-bit.<br />Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770 CPU W 3.40GHz, 3401MHz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical processor(s).<br />Installed RAM: 32.0 GB<br />SSD Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive<br />Hard Drive: 4TB, S3, 5X00, 512E, Seagate, LBD, 64<br />Graphics Card: 1.5GB Nvidia, GTX660, W8, V2.<br />USB: 3.0 & 2.0<br />Power: 460W
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(65 of 68 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Power, Performance, Quality
8/23/2013
Pros
Fast
No bloatware
Quality Components
Reliable Performance
Solid Build Quality
Cons
1 Gb Video Card
Limited Power Supply
Best Uses
Graphics
Internet
Video
Comment:
If Haswell is your buying goal, this nifty little Dell machine should be on your list. Stuffed with name brands (Intel, EVGA, Samsung) and sporting great specifications, the performance you want is right here. The 256GB SSD is an mSATA device made by Samsung and mounted to the motherboard. The 2TB HDD is a SATA 3.0 spinner and the video card is an EVGA 650 Ti (more on that later). The Intel i7-4770 runs the stock fan but runs fine at stock clocks. There are three disk expansion slots and power plugs and SATA 3.0 ports in which to plug them. Windows 8 boots up in just a few seconds and there is no bloatware (way to go, Dell!), but no trial anti-virus is included either (Windows Defender is on).<br />A quick look inside reveals good quality pieces and parts. Everything is tied down and neatly bundled. The system is quiet and difficult to rattle. Even running benchmarks produces only moderate (to my ears, YMMV) sound. All in all, the only criticism I have is the same for all prepackaged PCs: the power supply is adequate for the configuration (including the additional HDDs in the expansions) but no additions or more power-hungry cards can be accommodated.<br />The PC as shipped contains a 1 GB card. If your use requires larger video memory, this is not the PC for you. <br />In summary, a fine piece of work, well stuffed and nicely assembled. At this price, this is a bargain.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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