In this Dell XPS 8700 X8700-1264BLK review, we’ll take a good look at Dell’s new desktop computer. This new XPS model is targeted at mid range and high end users who need more power to get their job done. The desktop will also be useful for everyone else as it offers something for everyone in the family.
Are you looking for a neat desktop with good specs and a decent price tag? This could be the answer. Read this review till the end to find it out.
Dell has stuck with their classic design for their XPS models. If it isn’t broken, why fix it right? The glossy finish in the front and the hexagon grill at the bottom add to the premium look. There are ports in the front which means you can access them with ease. You can also find some ports at the back.There is a gap for ventilation at the sides. With dimensions of 17.49 x 7.3 x 16.01 inches it is surprisingly light for a desktop at 23 pounds. We can assure you that it doesn’t take up a lot of space and will fit in any room like a glove.
Dell XPS 8700 X8700-1264BLK Specs
There is no monitor attached with this desktop. You’ll have to get a display separately and we recommend you take a look at our monitor reviews to find one.
The Dell XPS 8700 X8700-1264BLK is powered by an Intel core i7 processor. This i7 4790 processor clocks at 3.6GHz is definitely one of the best processors around at this point. This Haswell based processor is just what the doctor ordered for a high end user.
You can throw anything at it and it will handle it like a boss. Even system intensive stuff like running a virtual is handled with ease, thanks to the sheer power of this i7 chip.
The processor is well complemented by the memory department. We have 8 gigs of RAM and that is a pretty good amount of memory to work with. You can run many applications at the same time and elevate the way you multi task.
You can also upgrade the memory you have at any point in the future which is a great advantage in having a desktop in this period.
For storage, you get a 1TB 7200RPM SATA hard drive. This is a faster hard drive and can fetch data at good speeds than the traditional hard drives. 1TB of space is a lot of space and it is difficult even for the hardcore user to fill it up with ease (unless he has hell a lot of data already).
The operating system that comes pre-installed with the hard drive is Windows 8.1. This is the latest operating system in the Windows ecosystem. You also can upgrade to Windows 10 for free once it releases this summer.
This Dell XPS 8700 X8700-1264BLK review won’t be complete if we don’t talk about the graphics card in the system. Here we have an Nvidia GeForce GT 555M graphics card. This is not a great graphics card by any means but is definitely a better one than the integrated GPUs.
The GPU does a good job as far as rendering and moderate gaming are concerned. You can play high end games but will have to tone down the settings a bit which will result in lower frame rates than usual.
There are many connectivity options. There desktop offers support for Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. There are 6 USB 3.0 ports which are great for external connectivity as well as quick data transfer. The 19-in-1 media card reader will also come in handy at times. The HDMI is there to help you when you need to hook this desktop up with an HD display.
Dell XPS 8700 X8700-1264BLK Review: Verdict
This Dell XPS 8700 X8700-1264BLK desktop is a good choice for a personal computer both at home and work. It has the hardware that can help the mid range and the high end users to get their job done. If you are looking for a rightly priced desktop with good specs, this is it.