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Dell Inspiron One 2305 23-inch All-In-One Desktop PC

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Dell Inspiron One 2305 23-inch All-In-One Desktop PC

Dell Inspiron One 2305

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The Bottom Line

Jan 21 2011 - If you happen to be looking to get an affordable all-in-one system that will be a high definition media center, than the Dell Inspiron One 2305 might be an excellent choice. It features a full 1080p touch display, Blu-ray drive, HDTV tuner and HDMI input. The downside is that the system does have limited computing performance compared to similarly priced rivals and the touch software could really use some more functionality.
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Pros

  • Blu-ray Drive And HDTV Tuner
  • 8GB Of Memory
  • Free Of Trialware Applications

Cons

  • AMD Quad Core Processor Actually Slower Than Many Similar Priced Intel Dual Core All-In-Ones
  • Touch Software Not Very Robust
  • Rear USB Ports Are Somewhat Hard To Reach

Description

  • AMD Athlon II X4 610E Quad Core Desktop Processor
  • 8GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
  • 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Blu-ray Reader And Dual Layer DVD Burner Combo Drive
  • 23" WUXGA (1920x1080) WLED Backlit Display With ATI Radeon HD 5470 1GB Graphics
  • Intel HDA Audio With 4W Stereo Speakers
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • Six USB 2.0, HDMI Input, VGA, 2.0 Megapixel Webcam, Digital TV Tuner, 7-in-1 Card Reader
  • 22.4” x 16.5” x 3.5”
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Dell Touch, Office Starter, McAfee Security Center

Guide Review - Dell Inspiron One 2305 23-inch All-In-One Desktop PC

Jan 21 2011 - Rather than using the popular Intel platform for their Inspiron One 2305 all-in-one system, Dell decided to go with the more affordable AMD. With the top of the line version, this uses the AMD Athlon II X4 610E energy efficient quad core processor. While the quad cores combined with the 8GB of memory make it very useful for multitasking, the overall performance of the system is typically slower than many Intel Core i3 dual core all-in-one systems.

What really sets the Inspiron One 2305 apart from other all-in-ones is the media features. This includes a Blu-ray compatible drive, over the air HDTV tuner and and HDMI input connector. With these features, the system can make an excellent media center for a small bedroom or office. It can handle pretty much any form of high definition media content whether it is TV signal, streamed, Blu-ray or even a satellite or cable receiver.

Dell includes a 23-inch multitouch capable display that features a native 1920x1080 resolution allowing it to support full 1080p HD video. The touchscreen is responsive enough and works well enough but the software feels limited when compared to software suites such as HP's TouchSmart. It essentially is more a series of onscreen quick launch buttons than full fledged applications. Dell does provide the system with an ATI Radeon HD 5470 dedicated graphics with 1GB of memory. This does a good job of helping assist with HD video or applications such as Photoshop but it has limited 3D capability. It could be used for some casual gaming at lower resolutions but that is about it.

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.

Probably one of the best aspects of the Dell Inspiron One 2305 is the pricing. While this top of the line system is normally priced around $1300, it is fairly easy to find it priced around $1000. This makes it much more affordable than many other similarly media rich all-in-one systems. Buyer's just need to be aware that they are gaining these media features at the expense of some performance and limited touch software functions.

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