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more than adequate replacement for aging desktop,
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This review is from: Dell Inspiron i620-1298BK Desktop (Personal Computers)I did a lot of research before buying this PC, as I wanted to get as much for my money as possible. After lots and lots of looking I concluded that it simply isn't feasible to build a lower-end computer for less than $500 if you intend to follow the path of least resistance and load Windows 7, and searching online magazine reviews of this line (Dell 620) resulted in lots of favorable opinions.
What this PC has that other don't:
very well reviewed i3-2120, which is significantly faster than it's i3 brethren, particularly the 1st gen versions. Does very well in benchmark tests, beating the i5 in some processes (ie: audio rendering...like mixing down a file or burning a disc), and making the AMD chips at this level seem worth avoiding. This is a stand-out chip in it's price range.
6Gb RAM, though only upgradable to 8. I was hesitant, but I think if you're looking at entry-level PCs to begin with, you probably won't ever want more than 6, anyway, let alone 8.
WiFi: I didn't care about this fact, but it's there.
500Gb Hard Drive: this was important to me, as I didn't want to pay extra for a Terabyte, having an external hard drive already. What are people filling their drives with, anyway?
HDMI: you can connect your newer HDTV.
VERY quiet. This surprised me. You can hear the hard drive being read, but not the fans. Nearly silent operation.
A few cons:
no DVI per the picture. Of course, the product description does not list DVI.
The on board graphics lowers the "windows experience" number substantially. Processor and RAM bring it way up, to a 7.1 and 7.2, but the Intel graphics make it 4.3, not much higher than a netbook. Remedied by a $30-50 discrete card, if you need it.
It's big. No space saved by this one.
And that's it. Faster than most at this price, plenty of USB ports, and running very smoothly after a relatively quick bloatware-deleting session. I am happy with this machine. Further, I don't believe that the low reviews of this product adequately address the product itself, rather, the buyer's expectations. It's a good buy, and a solid PC.
Over a month in and I have absolutely no complaints about this desktop. For my purposes - watching video, surfing the web, editing documents, and mixing audio, I don't think I'd need much more. I've been particularly pleased with the smoothness of startup, which takes 30-40 seconds, and how quickly I can burn a CD - also takes about a minute. Sometimes online video streaming becomes low-def for a moment - I assume it's the buffer catching up, but I'm no videophile and this isn't an issue to me, though is worth considering if this is going to be a Media hub for you, in which case a cheap discrete graphics card might be in order. I use Google Drive for most of my document work, and it's been a perfectly functional tool for working in "the cloud". I have yet to attempt multi-track audio mixing, but since my old PC (a Celeron) could handle it, I'm not concerned about this one. Happy with my purchase, 1 month later.
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Initial post: Apr 24, 2012 8:40:36 AM PDT
Thanks for your balanced review. While I'm sure some people are devastated to not have a DVI port, I just wanted to know if the computer ran well for the money, and your review provided that.
Posted on May 16, 2012 8:16:55 PM PDT
What max resolution does the on-board graphics card support? I have a 27 inch wide monitor I hope I don't need to purchase a separate graphics card for this pc. No DVI port is a shame. This supports HDMI right? Otherwise I'll have to return this to Amazon.
In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 9:11:20 PM PDT
A. Finley says:
A quick search suggests you will be able to run 1080p with no issues, though it won't be able to process games very well at that resolution. There is indeed HDMI.
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