Not spectacular but definitely a solid piece of equipment. It covers all my needs with ease from recording music to intense gaming. Do not under estimate the graphics card. For those doubting the graphics card, my AMD Radeon HD 7770 will run Battlefield 3 on high around 45 fps. Only gripe with the xps 8500 is that the glossy plastic is easily attracts fingerprints and dust. A great all rounder pc.
First Game - Skyrim Second Game - X-Plane 9 and still more installing man this computer is amazing Amazing speed and amazing video card. Crazy fast ( because i just got it) lets see how fast it is after i install some stuff in-to it ;). I would highly recommend this computer to other people. Good for its price I really like it. It has a attractive design. Amazing features. Maybe they could add an option to customize the sound card really because i don't like the one that is in there as default. Excluding that the computer is amazing.
Pros:Gaming, studying (visual studio), Video Editing
This is the best PC that I have ever owned!! The machine performs great and is quicker than my Precision M6500. I am a CFO and Chief Technology Officer and use the XPS8500 to run a large amount of data processing and IT design projects. The speed and processing ability is second to none for the price. The only thing that I would change on the config is to add a solid state drive for bootup, but even the normal drive is fast with bootup less than 2 minutes.
The price was perfect and I have everything I need with lightning speed.. I can game on this pc with ease, no lag,and no graphics issues. I can surf the web.. watch movies listen to music.. you name it ..without a single problem.. I can't believe how easy Dell made it to find what I was looking for at an affordable price! And it was delivered so quickly. I couldn't be happier.. and it's beautiful on top of it! I am in love with my new computer!
I am pleased with the 8500. It utilizes a smaller case than my 8300 but i prefer the larger case honestly. The downside is that the motherboard only supports one video card. Not a huge deal as it is my work computer. Swapped out 1333 ram with 1600 and it is very fast with the new i7.
Pros:office environment, spreadsheets and word doc's
This is a great system! It does everything I've asked it to do without a hitch. It's a speed demon compared to the 3 year old system it replace. Video is great and teamed with a 24" HD Monitor, gaming is fantastic.
Pros:Gaming, school (engineering), streaming video, everything else
So far, this has got to be one of the best purchases I have made. With the solid state drive, computer start-up is a breeze. No more turning the computer on and then going and doing stuff until it's started. Plenty of hard drive space with the regular 3 TB drive. So glad I made the decision to purchase from Dell.
Pros:work, game playing, streaming video, surfing the internet
We were looking for a computer take over our aging laptop. We shopped countless competitors but any savings were minimal and risk (who are these people?) were far higher. Dell provided the price and assurance "must haves" for us. Also, we wanted to play the newest games and sort out our media. We wanted a good monitor to go with it. Wow! We got a kick butt system for about a grand, providing us excellent gaming, media stuff that is beyond what I knew was even available and support.
I bought this dell xps 8500 about a month ago and haven't had a single problem with it. It is extremely fast and easy to use great for playing online games. it is just amazing I love it. There are no cons to buying this computer that I have seen.
PROs I have always purchased the Optiplex line for users at work and was hesitant to buy the XPS, but I am really happy with it. It is fast and reliable. CONs I did not remember that the new computers do not have parallel ports for older printers so I had to purchase a new printer. I also use dual monitors so I was only able to get one DVI connection. The other monitor uses VGA. You can really tell the difference.
I purchased the XPS 8500 with the Bluray player to go in my living room as part of my entertainment system. I absolutely love this thing. From the convient location of the media reader, to the start up speed. The blu-ray works great. Out of the box it was easy to set up. Its only been a few weeks , but if the performance does not change, I will be totally satisfied. The online sales staff was very helpful and knowledgable as well. I recomend XPS8500 if you want an all around great performing system.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH XPS IS OVER 10yr. I could throw anything at it insofar as simulation.The xps 600 was perfect. This machine has been a 747-400 simulator, 99& real I had over 150,000 files which included Scenery Weather, Aircraft manuals, Aircraft Systems, full Navigation Maping, Real Traffic, Voice communications, Controls systems,it did all proceedures easily and effectivily. Had two massive color cards. I liked what I experienced.
For 2012, I decided to maintan the same simulator, so hence the Dell 8500. The machine fit the job I had planned, and I look forward to the next Ten years of excellent operation.I'm 72 with 30yrs a Dell man and still running strong.
I recently purchased the XPS 8500 to upgrade from a Dell Dimensions 2400. This computer is awesome. It's fast, quiet, and does so much. I am still learning all that it is capable of doing. It was easy to set-up, transfer files, and customer service reps go above and beyond their call of duty. I've been a Dell loyal customer for 8 years, and I've enever had a problem w/any of their products. I would highly reccomend this desktop.
Pros:word processing, artwork editing creating downloads etc., excel spreadsheets, internet email social media music downloads, pdf files
I am very pleased with my new XPS 8500 desktop. I frequently have many applications open at once, with at least a couple of them actually "doing work" simultaneously, so I really appreciate the speed of this processor.
Pros:everyday tasks (e-mail etc), software development, photo processing/storage/organizing, web site development/maintenace, music editing/storage/organizing