The Bottom Line
Jan 9 2012 - Dell's Inspiron One 23 is a good solid machine as long as you spring for the more expensive versions that use the 3rd generation Intel processors and feature the touchscreen display. These really offer the best performance and user experience with the Windows 8 operating system. The downside is that Dell has opted to remove the dedicated graphics and instead rely on the ones built into the processor which is a step down from the past model it replaces. Still, it does have nice styling.
- Responsive Multitouch Display
- Improved Styling Over Past Version
- System Free Of Unwanted Trialware
- Relies On Integrated Graphics Without Dedicated Option
- Less Expensive Models Use Older Generation Processors
- Intel Core i5-3330S Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 23" WUXGA (1920x1080) Multitouch Display With Intel HD Graphics 2500 Integrated Graphics
- Intel HD Audio With 5W Stereo Speakers
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Four USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, HDMI (in), VGA Out, 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- 22.6" x 17.3" x 2.7"
- Windows 8, Office Starter, McAfee Security Center
Review - Dell Inspiron One 23
Jan 8 2012 - The 2012 version of the Dell Inspiron One 23 receives a bit of a design makeover. Gone is the kick stand design of last years models and instead it receives a more traditional monitor stand that holds up the display and computer combination. The outside screens keeps the black bezel with glossy screen coating and the base has the brushed aluminum look. The screen looses a bit of its stability when being forcefully touched on the screen but it still works well enough.
Performance from the new revision is improved if you are willing to purchase one of the higher end models. The models ranging from $1200 and up like the one reviewed use the Intel Ivy Bridge or 3rd generation processors. In this case, it is a Intel Core i5-3330S quad core processor that does a good job at most tasks and still offers additional processor cores for those that might need some additional power for things such as desktop video editing. It is matched up with 8GB of DDR3 memory which allows the Windows 8 operating system to feel very smooth when multitasking or just doing demanding applications.
Storage features are pretty much standard for your all-in-one desktop system. A one terabyte hard drive provides a good amount of storage for applications, data and media files. The drive is a standard desktop class drive with a 7200rpm spin rate that gives it a slight edge in performance over those that use the slower spinning green class drives. If you do need additional space, there are four USB 3.0 ports available for connecting to high speed external drives. Two are located on the back of the display and two are on the left hand side of the screen. A standard dual layer DVD burner is included for playback and recording of CD or DVD media.
Now there are versions of the Inspiron One 23 that do not come with the touchscreen which are more affordable but with Windows 8, it is advised to purchase one to make it easier to navigate around the new user interface. The screen interface was responsive and worked well with the multitouch gestures. The 23-inch panel offers a 1920x1080 native resolution which fully supports 1080p high definition video. In addition to this, there is a VGA output for hooking up a second monitor as well as an HDMI input for use with external cable or satellite tuners, game consoles or Blu-ray players. One downside in the latest model is the lack of an integrated graphics. Instead, all rely on the Intel HD Graphics that are built into the Intel Core processors. For the Core i5 model, it uses the HD Graphics 2500 which is a bit disappointing as this still lacks 3D performance even for casual PC gaming. It does offer accelerated media encoding when using Quick Sync compatible applications but not as fast as the higher end HD Graphics 4000.
Priced around $1200, the Dell Inspiron One 23 is a bit higher than some of the competition but it is aiming to be on the higher end of quality. This put s it in competition with systems such as the Apple iMac 21.5-inch, HP Envy 23, Samsung Series 7 and Sony VAIO V series. Apple's system lacks a touchscreen and has many similar features but offers a stylish design, a superb screen and dedicated graphics. The HP Envy offers a slightly faster processor with less memory but also features dedicated graphics. Samsung's features a faster processor with a bit less memory and slower hard drive. Finally, Sony's offering offers double the storage space and a slightly larger screen but lower performance by relying on mobile rather than desktop processors.