Dell Takes on the iMac with Studio One 19 All-In-One Desktop

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Computer maker Dell is looking to get a share of the "shared PC" market with its new design-forward and family-friendly Studio One 19 all-in-one desktop model. Designed to take on the Apple iMac, the Studio One 19 is aimed at family areas where multiple users might do homework, manage photos and music, and tap into social networking and online resources—and, not surprisingly, Dell is launching the Studio One 19 in Japan, where space in the home is often at a premium. The system features a curved aluminum base and a colored fabric bezel around its 19-inch 1,366 by 768-pixel display. And, just to put one over on the iMac, Dell will be offering a multi-touch screen option on higher-end models.

"The new Studio One 19 is as nice to look at as it is functional," said Dell’s senior VP for consumer products Alex Gruzen, in a statement. "More and more people are making the kitchen the center of their entertainment and computing experience and the Studio One 19 is the ideal system for that need."

The Studio One 19 will be available with a variety of processors (Intel Celeron, Dual Celeron, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, and Core 2 Quad), Nvidia GeForce 9200 or GeForce 9400 graphics, hard drives from 160 to 750 GB, and support for up to 4 GB of RAM. The system also sports a slot-loading optical drive, a 7-in-1 card reader, optional 802.11n WiFi, a Web cam (with an optional facial recognition system).

Dell will begin offering the Studio One 19 in Japan at prices starting at the equivalent of $699; Dell expects to launch the Studio On 19 in additional markets in the coming months.

See Dell’s feature video explaining some of the material choices behind the Studio One: