All-in-One (AIO) desktop PCs are fantastic for when you’re tight on space or only want a fantastic desk. Though the PC market continues to fight an uphill struggle, premium AIOs including Apple’s iMac lineup are still popular with people who need a serious desktop machine for heavy work such as video editing.
From the Windows area, Dell has included a brand new roster of products to its portfolio, and one of them includes the newest Inspiron 27 7000 series AIO. This PC is built around an AMD CPU and GPU, making it stand out. It is not merely a new variant of an existing model with AMD chips instead of Intel ones; the new Inspiron 27 7000 series includes a very different layout. Two configurations are currently available in India, and also we have for review the higher-end finish one which prices Rs. 1,51,290. Let us see how it fares.
Dell Inspiron 27 7775 All-in-One layout and construct
Setting up the Inspiron 27 7775 as soon as you get it from the box is simple enough. The foundation for the stand is the only thing which must be attached, and everything you want to do is tighten a thumbscrew. In the box, you also get a wireless keyboard and mouse which connect into the AIO through a single USB adapter. 1 power cable is the sole wiring you have to deal with, and it can routed neatly through a hole in the trunk of this stand. The 330W external power brick is enormous, but such a dimension can’t be avoided whenever you must electricity desktop-class components.
The Inspiron 27 looks really slick as a result of its aluminium-grey finish. The back is made well, and complements the total look very well. The PC is not very thick when seen from the sides, and there are vents at the top and bottom to get air to pass through. The screen tilts five levels forward and about 30 degrees backward, but its height is not adjustable.
The display has fairly slim borders all around, which gives the AIO a very slick appearance. An anti-glare coating helps cut out most reflections from indoor lighting, so we did not have to max the brightness out most of the time. The 27-inch screen has a 4K resolution (3840×2160) and is of the IPS variety, which means that colours are accurately represented and viewing angles are wide. We didn’t notice much colour shifting when viewing content in extreme angles. Due to the narrow borders round the screen, the front camera system required to be put beneath the screen.
We also have the two front-firing speakers under the display, which deliver a entire output of 10W. They are complemented by a rear-mounted subwoofer which pumps from 5W. The HD camera at the front is accompanied by two IR emitters along with an IR camera which are all used together with Microsoft’s Windows Hello authentication feature. Just below the screen, towards the right, we have a button to change input sources along with the power button. However, there aren’t any manual controls for volume or brightness. To the left of the speaker, we’ve got an SD card slot, a USB 3.1 port, and a headphones and microphone combo port.
The rest of the physical connectors are on the rear of the PC. The remaining connectors face the trunk and these include two USB 2.0 interfaces; three USB 3.1 vents; a single USB Type-C port (USB 3.1 Gen1); an HDMI input for connecting another origin; and an HDMI output for another screen or projector.
Along with this, you also get 16GB of DDR4 RAM running in dual-channel mode. Graphics responsibilities are managed by a discrete AMD Radeon RX 580 GPU that has its own 8GB of GDDR5 memory. For storage, there is a 1TB 5400rpm hard drive in addition to a 256GB NVMe solid state drive. Connectivity options include dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1. The AIO also has four array microphones on the very top, only in front of its ports.
The rear panel slides off easily from the top once you take out two screws at the bottom. With it off, we may observe the woofer, the 2.5mm hard drive, and also the giant exhaust fan. There’s another metal panel to the right, which once unscrewed, allows you access the SSD and RAM modules. It is wonderful to get this option as most AIOs don’t allow you to update anything – not easily, at the least. However, regardless of this advantage, Dell claims that opening up the back on your own will void the warranty, which means you’re going to need to take your Inspiron 27 to a service centre to have anything updated.
There’s also the typical package of preinstalled programs from the Windows Store, which you can eliminate if not needed. You get Dell’s software utility too, which periodically checks for and downloads system drivers.
General Windows functionality is quite great. The considerable amount of RAM along with the speedy SSD ensure quick booting, and apps load fast also. Text on the screen is sharp, which can be seen when surfing the net or even working on Excel sheets. The large screen is very good for multitasking with multiple windows open on the backgroundcomputer, without having to resize them too much. The webcam captures video and stills at an awkward angle owing to its placement beneath the display, but it does have a broad field of view so it readily accommodates your whole upper body. Windows Hello works very well, though we discovered that if the is display tilted to the front, you will have to squat a little in order for the face to be recognized.
We tried using the Inspiron 27’s HDMI video input performance – which enables you to utilize the all-in-one for a screen – and it worked well. We connected an Xbox One X and had the ability to match at the native 4K resolution. Audio needs to be routed to external speakers utilizing the audio-out port next to the power inlet – it won’t play via the Inspiron 27’s own speakers. There is also just a tiny caveat in regards to utilizing another video source, which is that the PC needs to be powered on and running Windows. Even if the PC goes to sleep, then the video will be cut away. This is a handy function but it will not allow you to use the AIO’s display as a standalone screen to extend its life after your next update, or if the PC isn’t working for any reason. Having said this, it is still nice have this choice, as most AIOs don’t let you do this.
The speakers get really loud and sound quality is quite good. It’s possible to tweak audio levels and mic sensitivity via the Waves MaxxAudio Pro software. Games run quite well. The Radeon RX580 is VR-ready and handles to handle most 3D games really well at the display’s native 4K resolution. In Rise of The Tomb Raider, together with the settings cranked up to Really High at 4K, the built in benchmark returned only 23.6fps. Things improved marginally by switching to the High Definition where we obtained 29fps. In 1080p using the Very High setting, we have considerably smoother framerates averaging 57fps. The ideal balance that we found was to use 2560×1440 using the exact High Definition, with that we averaged 35-40fps.
We were also pleasantly surprised to observe the Inspiron 27 handle GTA V very well, with all the images sliders maxed out and the majority of the eye-candy flipped all the way up (except for anti-aliasing, which was turned off). The built in benchmark averaged 33fps while during actual gameplay, we were able to have around 34fps, which remains pretty smooth. All this was at 4K resolution.
The exhaust fan is easily audible when gambling, and if you do not have headphones on, it can be distracting. We also conducted some synthetic benchmarks and got 5047 points in 3DMark’s Fire Attack Intense evaluation, while at PCMark, we got scores of 3636, 5618 and 3012 in the Home, Creative and Work test suites respectively.
The bundled keyboard is of average quality and is not the best in regards to prolonged typing. We did enjoy the mouse however, which provides good ergonomics and functions well on many surfaces.
As a premium AIO, it is pretty feature-rich and offers quite good multimedia and gaming functionality. As a bonus, we enjoy the fact that elements can be performed easily if desired, and you can use the 4K screen with another source such as a gaming console too. If you don’t want all this power, Dell includes a tamer version of the Inspiron 27 7775 priced at Rs. 1,08,190. You also lose out on the SSD, however the rest of the attributes are the same.
If you are thinking of going the DIY route, building a desktop with a similar configuration as the one we analyzed today would not really save you a whole lot of money. Upgrading components will be simpler, certain, but obtaining the slick appearance of an AIO will be next to impossible. We would have enjoyed a much better quality bundled keyboard, and also the webcam positioning might have been more natural, but overall, this is a pretty solid AIO PC which provides good flexibility and functionality.
Price (MRP): 1,51,290
- Vivid 4K display and Decent sound
- Components are upgradeable
- Good connectivity
- Striking design and sturdy construction
- Bundled keyboard isn’t great
- Exhaust fan is noisy at full load
- Webcam placement is embarrassing
- Design: 4.5
- Display: 4
- Performance: 4
- Software: 4
- Value for Money: 4
- Total: 4