With a reputation for churning out dull-as-dust office PCs and a separate company – Alienware – dedicated to serving performance nutters, you might not expect Dell to bother with high-powered systems. However, the XPS range has proved that it can do objects of desire as well and the H2C sits at the top of it.
Gaming performance is similarly impressive thanks to a pair of 8800GTX graphics cards, providing enough horsepower to run just about any current title at maximum detail with no problems whatsoever.
Audio comes care of Creative’s well-regarded X-Fi Xtreme, which beefs up audio quality in games and movies, and it’s well-equipped for your array of gadgets. A 13-in-1 card reader on the front takes care of digital camera memory cards, and there’s also a FireWire connection and two USB ports – the remaining six being hidden round the back.
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It looks suitably extreme without succumbing to the pimped-out garishness of some of the competition. The aluminium case is seemingly modelled on the 2001 monolith and about as heavy, but it's just respectable enough that you won't be embarrassed to have it on show - although the effect is spoiled slightly by the rattly, flimsy plastic grilles on the front.
- Digital TV card
- 616x219x 572
- Graphics card
- Dual GeForce 8800 GTX SLi,768MB
- Operating system
- Windows Vista Ultimate
- Optical drive
- 16x +/-RW
- Intel Core 2 QX6800
- Screen resolution
- Screen size