Excellent computer, good value. Did not come with even a basic speaker.
R. Miller, Amazon
18 March 2014
Summary: I purchased an XPS 8500 with 16GB or ram, but they sent me an XPS 8700 with 14GB of ram. The faster processor is nice, and 14GB of ram will do. A few items to note. A few weeks later, Dell started selling the XPS 8700 for the same price I paid of $1,050, only with 12GB of ram, and still no speakers. This makes the advertised original retail price of $2,500 seem like a bunch of hype and possibly misleading. I purchased the square trade 3 year warranty.
Summary: I bought this particular machine to satisfy certain requirements and I am generally pleased with the way it has worked out. BACKGROUND: My present computers are a Dell 4700 with Windows XP Home Edition and a Dell Inspiron netbook with Windows 7 “something edition.” I love XP and tolerate 7 (but I hate the Windows 7 version of Windows Explorer). The 4700 is showing signs of age with minor quirks that no doubt will get worse with the passage of time.
Summary: Runs so Quiet and handles graphics for WoW better than any other computer I have had. I did not give it 5 stars because I am really not liking the Windows 8 it comes with. Plenty of storage space - more RAM than I have ever had stock on a computer out of the box and a GREAT video card already installed. Looks and runs perfect.
Summary: Overall this is a very nice machine. Being new to Windows 8 is taking some getting used to... My only criticism is that the graphics card is the lowest score on the Microsoft Experience ranking at 5.2, but all other scores on machine are closer to 7.0 Have not had a chance to capture video with this pc yet, but am confident it will not drop any frames based on it's overall speed and data transfer rates.