The Bottom Line
- Includes 17" LCD Monitor
- Core 2 Duo Desktop Processors
- Limited Graphics Upgradability
- No Productivity Software
- Larger Than Newer Mini PCs
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Desktop Processor
- 1GB PC2-4200 DDR2 Memory
- 160GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Burner
- Intel GMA Integrated Graphics and Dell E177FP 17" LCD Monitor
- Intel HDA Audio
- 10/100 Ethernet
- Eight USB 2.0 and One FireWire
- 12.5" x 3.7" x 14.5"
- Windows XP Home
Guide Review - Dell Dimension 9200C
9/28/06 Many of the mini PCs on the market today use the Intel mobile processors which is fine for most people but does limit the performance somewhat. Dell's Dimension 9200C instead uses the new Core 2 Duo desktop processors that give it strong performance and 64-bit software support. This is matched up with 1GB of PC2-4200 DDR2 memory to let it run most applications smoothly.
Storage is a bit mixed for the Dimension 9200C. While it does use a desktop sized hard drive, it uses a smaller 160GB hard drive. This is still a bit higher than most mini PCs but lower than it could be. The included DVD burner however uses a notebook styled one that limits its performance to an 8x recording speed that is on par with most mini PCs.
Graphics is a big problem for most small form factor systems. Most tend to rely on the integrated graphics that have limited 3D capabilities with no chance for an upgrade. The Dell 9200C also uses the Intel integrated graphics, but they allow for a PCI-Express graphics card to be installed, provided it is a half height card. These are very difficult to find and the only option most will have is the Radeon X1300 cards offered by Dell. On the plus side, the system does come with a 17 LCD monitor for the same cost as most mini PCs without a screen.