Yes, it was quite a surprise having this PC on my desk yet I hardly hear it at all! However, it's quiet attribute is not the only selling factor of this machine. It is compact and light. The drawback maybe on expandability but with an initial 250GB of disk space and 2GB of RAM, I wouldn't even think of expanding just yet. Well, at least not for a long time.
Setting it up was quite a breeze. I had a slight confusion with the monitor cable, i.e. which one to use, but it was totally ignorable.
As for the looks, one would no doubt agree with me in saying that the XPS is indeed contemporary and easily fits in with any room. You can have is standing like most tower desktops or you can have lying flat. It is considered to be a small form factor as it does not take up most of the space.
The entire package deal from Dell's online store included a printer, photo paper and a set of speakers with a subwoofer.
I had it configured to run on Windows XP Media as I am still not convinced with the reliability of the Vista operating system. And that is the beauty of Dell, you can configure your PC to your own preferences and specifications.