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Dell counters iMac with Inspiron One 19 in Japan

updated 09:55 am EDT, Thu October 22, 2009

Inspiron One 19 runs 2.93GHz chip, Win 7

Dell used the occasion of Windows 7's launch to unveil the first all-in-one desktop since Apple's new iMacs. Showing initially in Japan, the Inspiron One 19 returns to an easel-like design and is meant as a faster alternative to a notebook without taking up much additional space. The PC carries an 18.5-inch, 1366x768 display and uses desktop processors that scale up to a 2.93GHz Core 2 Duo.

The system starts significantly below its competitor from Apple in price and in Japan costs $765 for a whole system with a 2.6GHz Pentium dual-core, 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, integrated Intel video and a tray-loading DVD burner. A $930 version stops nearly where the iMac begins and adds the 2.93GHz processor as well as a wireless mouse and keyboard set, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. Both trim levels use Windows 7 Home Premium.

Dell is selling the Inspiron One today but hasn't said whether it will bring the design to the US or at what price. Currently, just the Studio One 19 and Vostro All-in-One sell in North America.

by MacNN Staff



  1. barryjaylevine

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Excuse me while I clean up Jonathan Ive's puke.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    the only honest thing left for Michael Dell to do, is to liquidate and distribute the proceeds to shareholders.

  1. psdenno

    Joined: Dec 1969


    the sound of.......

    ..... one hand clapping.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If Ugly Was Money ...

    then this thing is Bill Gates.

  1. jondesu

    Joined: Dec 1969



    How is this even a competitor? "18.5-inch, 1366x768 display" (TN panel almost certianly, too) compared to a 21.5", 1920x1080 (IPS) display? 2.6GHz Pentium against a 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo? The list continues: 320GB drive versus 500GB drive, Intel graphics versus the NVIDIA 9400M (and that's just the lowest end, where the Dell doesn't have a better option mentioned), 2GB DDR2 RAM versus 4GB DDR3 RAM, and a vertical tray-load drive versus a vertical slot-load drive.

    Don't even get me started on Windows 7 Home Premium. Even if you ignore the operating system, the iMac is the significantly better deal for what you pay, with a starting price of $1200 compared to a not-even-marginally competitive top-of-the-line model Dell for $930.

  1. c4rlob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why only Japan

    It never ceases to amaze me that products that actually come close to being quality competition for Macs inevitably only launch in Asia/EU. Have they conceded the glossy US position to Apple and just hope to get a hold the Asia/EU market where Apple isn't top-of-mind yet?

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Uh huh...

    So, yea, that's the bet they can do?

    - A

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    IPS versus TN

    Don't get all high and mighty over IPS, which Apple wasn't using 'til the day before yesterday on the iMacs. His Steveness thought it was quite okay to ram yucky TN panels down our throats in both laptop and desktop configurations, unless you paid BIG money. So people bought great Dell and Lenovo panels instead (and put tape over the logo!).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Really?

    It costs $765 US in Japan. How much does the cheapest iMac go for over there? $1200 US, if they're lucky. So, you're commenting that a computer that costs half as much as the iMac isn't as good as the iMac. Wow, who would have guessed.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    oh testudo... Really?

    so the post is about what it's made of, components, etc. and the quality difference and you're bottom line is it costs half as much so it must be as good.

    it costs half as much because the components don't measure up. re read the post.

    and this troubles you somehow...

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