The Bottom Line
- High Speed DVD Burner
- Multimedia Capabilities
- Three Year Warranty
- Fairly Expensive
- Smaller 17" CRT Monitor
- Not Well Suited For Home Theatre Purposes
- Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz Processor with 800MHz Frontside Bus
- 512MB PC3200 DDR Memory
- 80 Gigabyte 7200rpm Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Burner and 16x DVD-ROM Optical Drives
- Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Sound Card with Dell 5850 5.1 Speakers
- ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 9000 with 64MB Memory
- Intel 10/100 Ethernet and v.92 56Kbps Modem
- 17" Dell E773c CRT Monitor
- Eight USB 2.0 and One FireWire (On Sound Card) Ports
- Windows XP Home Operating System and Corel Word Perfect Productivity Pack
Guide Review - Dell Dimension 4600
2/10/04 - Dell's Dimension 4600 is a fairly old design now in the computer industry, but it still provides a fairly solid basis for a desktop system. It has been updated with new features and functions including the options of the Media Center operating system.
Powering the 4600 is the Pentium 4 2.8 GHz CPU with 800 MHz bus speed. This is middle of the road for processors in this segment. Matched up with the CPU is 512MB of PC3200 memory which should compliment the performance.
Storage has received a significant boost over previous versions. Storage still remains at the standard 80GB hard drive, but the optical drive has been boosted to an 8x DVD+RW drive. It would be nice to see a multiformat drive, but at least it is a fast drive. Also included is a 16x DVD-ROM drive.
The multimedia capabilities of the 4600 has been greatly improved. At the heart of this is the ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 9000 and Windows XP Media Center OS. This allows the 4600 to operating as a television and video recorder. The drawback though is that the 4600 was not designed as a home theatre PC. As a result, this system shouldn't be placed in a home theatre environment, but it does make it useful for transferring home videos to DVD. Audio is supplied by the popular Audigy 2 soundcard matched up with Dell 5.1 surround speakers.
All in all, the Dimension 4600 is still a very solid system. The multimedia features are a nice touch, but it still falls short of being used as a media center for a home.