It slices, it dices, it cooks, it washes. Actually it doesn't, but Dell still thinks its new iMac competitor is perfect for the kitchen. Um, ok.
It will officially be launched in Australia and New Zealand in mid May, and squarely competes with the glass-and-aluminium iMac. The Studio One is composed of aluminum and glass too, but adds woven fabric into the design. (Note to Dell: if we're going to use this beast in the kitchen, the fabric surround had better be washable.)
The device boasts a variety of processors (Intel Celeron, Dual Celeron, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, and Core 2 Quad) and users can choose from Nvidia GeForce 9400 and 9200 graphics cards, hard drives ranging from 160 to 750 GB, and up to 4GB of RAM.
It also includes a slot-loading optical drive, optional 802.11n WiFi, a built in webcam with optional face recognition, and a 7-in-1 card reader.
The system features an aluminum base and a colored fabric bezel around the 19-inch 1,366 by 768 pixel display. The higher end models are offered with multi-touch screens.
"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."
Dell is looking to step into the family-friendly "shared PC" market with this PC. The Studio One 19 is targeted at families and locations where multiple users will need to utilize a shared space for completing tasks such as photo management, music storage, social networking, completing homework, basic word processing and e-mail.
The Studio One 19 was launched just recently in Japan, with prices equivalent to around $1000, however pricing in Australia and New Zealand will be announced closer to date of launch.