The Bottom Line
Jan 24 2012 - The Dell Inspiron One 2320 is a welcome update of their all-in-one system that provides it with a serious performance boost by switching to the Intel platform from he previous AMD one. Its just too bad that Dell didn't take more time to update more of the features than just the processor, memory and hard drive. For example, the update does not include USB 3.0 ports or a better design that provides a greater range of tilt for the display. Similarly, the touch software is still lacking. At least Dell kept many of the HD media features that still make it a decent option for those looking to use their computer also as an entertainment center.
- Strong High Definition Media Features
- Large Hard Drive
- Free Of Trialware Applications
- Lacks USB 3.0 Ports
- Touch Software Not Very Robust
- Pricing Is A Bit High
- Intel Core i5-2400S Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 8GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 2TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- Blu-ray Reader and Dual-Layer DVD Burner Combo Drive
- 23" WUXGA (1920x1080) Multitouch Display With NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M 1GB Dedicated Graphics
- Intel HDA 5.1 Audio With 5W Stereo Speakers
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Six USB 2.0, HDMI (input), VGA, HDTV Tuner, 8-in-1 Card Reader
- 22.4" x 16.5" x 3.5"
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, McAfee Security Center
Review - Dell Inspiron One 2320
Jan 24 2012 - Dell's Inspiron One 2320 all-in-one is essentially the same design as the previous Inspiron One 2305 but with the AMD internals replaced with Intel's. The higher end configuration for the 2320 model comes with a quad core Intel Core i5-2400S desktop class processor. It is paired up with 8GB of DDR3 memory. This is a solid performance options that offers a smooth experience in a variety of different applications including the more demanding tasks such as desktop video.
Storage features have pretty much remained unchanged except for upgrading the hard drive to a larger 2TB size. This offers a huge amount of space for applications, data and media files. Unlike many companies that use slower green class drives, it also spins at the traditional 7200rpm rate that gives it a solid level of performance. The Blu-ray compatible optical drive is also included allowing the 23-inch desktop to also double as a media center especially with the additional HDTV tuner and an HDMI input for use with an external HDTV satellite or cable receiver or game console. The only real disappointment is that Dell didn't take the time to upgrade the peripheral ports to use the new higher speed USB 3.0. Instead, users are restricted to the slower USB 2.0 for external storage but with the larger hard drive, this may not be a huge issue for some.
The display on the Dell Inspiron One 2320 uses the same 23-inch multitouch panel with a 1920x1080 native resolution allowing it to support full 1080p high definition video. The panel itself is responsive enough when using the touch interface but the software suite is still lacking in features especially compared to what HP offers with its TouchSmartSamsung Series 7 that can fold completely flat. This version does uses an NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M dedicated graphics card that is a step up from the base Intel HD Graphics built into the processor. It won't provide more than casual 3D gaming at lower resolution and detail levels but it does provide some improved non-3D application performance for applications like Photoshop.
One nice aspect of Dell's computer systems compared to many of the other brands is the lack of extraneous software. Many companies include a large amount of trailware applications. These may offer one or two programs of use but more often than not they clutter up the system and eat up resources that can make the system slower than it should be. It would be nice to see more companies take the path like Dell on this.
Dell's pricing of the two base Inspiron 2320 models is likely to give them a bit of grief. The model in this review lists for $1250 while the lower priced model lists at $950 but is available for just $800. This is a pretty significant difference but it does include the faster processor, larger hard drive and better HD multimedia capabilities. Still, if these aren't a bit issue for you, the lower cost model will likely be more attractive. Similarly, the more expensive model is $50 more than the base Apple 21-inch iMac which offers a more refined design and one of the best displays around. Similarly, HP's TouchSmart 520 has slightly better features for roughly the same price.