Windows 8 is now exactly two weeks away from its official debut. For Mac owners this is hardly of interest, but for Windows users this might the biggest piece of news to come out of Redmond since the Xbox first debuted.
Today, Dell announced a slew of new computers that are built specifically for Windows 8. They’ll go up for preorder starting today, with shipping commencing, or perhaps even delivery happening on October 26th.
Top of the list is the all new XPS 12. If the form factor looks familiar, it’s because we first saw it in Dell’s Duo, which didn’t walk away with a glowing review. Well, hopefully Dell has made good on their mistakes, and this Windows 8 machine will be one to own. That said, the convertible 1920×1080 screen, which rotates on the fly, should be a much more tablet like experience thanks to the new OS. Under the hood is a 3rd gen Core i5 or i7 processor, 4-8GB of RAM, a 128-256GB SSD, and Intel’s HD 4000 video card. Pricing starts at $1,199.
While touchscreen, but not portable, is the all new AIO Desktop, the XPS One 27. This display is no slouch thanks to a 2560 x 1440 resolution, which will enable you to take full advantage of Windows 8. Dell ships this computer with a built-in articulating stand, which tilts 60-degrees. It too can be outfitted with a Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, a 1-2TB hard drive with or without an SSD, and NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 640M 2GB GDDR5. It starts at $1,599.
Last up on the Windows 8 product launch, is the less exciting, but practical Inspiron One 23. The 1920×1080 23-inch display is fully touch enabled, includes up to 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, an optional Blu-ray player, and Intel HD Integrated Graphics. It starts at just $650.