|Max Screen Resolution||1200x900 pixels|
|Processor||3 GHz Core i5-3330|
|RAM||8 GB SDRAM DDR3|
|Hard Drive||1 TB|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics 2500|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||4|
Dell Inspiron i660-3036BK Desktop (3 GHz Intel Core i5-3330M Processor, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, Windows 8) Black [Discontinued By Manufacturer]
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This is a typical consumer minitower with Windows 8 installed (a regular version, not a pro version but you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $70). IMHO Windows 8 is OK for regular users, but can be problematic for power users and enthusiasts. So try any Windows 8 PC without touch screen in store, before you buy this model. A similar model can be bought with Windows 7 instead of Windows 8 (see model Dell Inspiron i660-6029BK). For long time Windows users Windows 7 is a safer bet. My feeling is that Windows 8 does not provide return on investment in learning a new interface for those who do not have a touch screen.
This model uses built-in Intel video. There is also a similar model with NVIDIA GT 620 (i660-4032BK). The latter is better for gamers. Does not matter for anybody else.
The tower has one free bay for an additional harddrive, but just two memory slots on the motherboard (both used by 4 GB RAM sticks). It has two USB 3.0 ports which is very important for photo-enthusiasts and for backups of your data. Large drive guarantee that you will not run out of space for a long time (although photo-enthusiasts would be better off by buying additional mirrored USB 3.0 drive or installing the second drive into computer).
Like other consumer oriented Dell machines it is very well built and piano-black looks very attractive on the table (I would say not worse then more expensive OptiPlex 9010 which would be competing Dell offering).
It has regular analog VGA port and HDMI port. So it can support two monitors configuration (you need a cable to convert HDMI to DVI for older monitors to connect the second monitor).Read more ›
The upside is the computer is fast. Right away you'll notice a boot up speed which is impressive if you are not yet familiar with Win8.
Another issue for the tower is the build is not very expandable. Meaning there is only one port for an additional internal harddrive. There are several Dell towers which are much easier to upgrade the hardware for.
If my review were simply of Windows 8 I would tell the average user to hold off. Microsoft is doing some exciting stuff with the interface splash screen and their new metro screen and cloud logons, but for a desktop windows 7 would be the application of choice. I would, rather, suggest that if you are interested in exploring windows 8 then you should include a touch monitor or better - check out the tablets and phones that Win8 it truly designed for.
Additionally - the last upgrade from Microsoft for Win8 has been causing issues when restarting the computer. The system will not go through the restart process, but it will startup if shut down. I assume they will have a fix out shortly.
The only reason I have this PC 4 out of 5 stars is because of the Operating System. I have grown to really hate Windows 8. It may be great for tablets or smart phones, but stinks as a desktop OS. I ended up adding the third party apps to make this PC act like a Windows 7 PC. I've thought about purchasing and installing Windows 7, but I've been told about problems obtaining Windows 7 drivers. I think I'm going to keep it as is and just use the simulated Windows 7 OS.
If you can find this PC with Windows 7 and you're not a gamer, I would recommend getting it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great for multimedia, hook up to television. Quick change between devices, Plenty of HD storage space, All specs built to finest industry standards
great support for backward... Read more
After only having this for 18 months it started acting up and had to be started several times before actually booting up. Finally it just died and they THINK it's the motherboard. Read morePublished on August 12, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Chose this product for a faster processor but it had windows 8 and has added more stress to me and my staff. Please give options windows.Published on June 17, 2013 by Stephanie
For home use this Dell product is doing it's job very well ! The i660 marks the third Dell desktop model I have bought and enjoyed... Read morePublished on May 29, 2013 by Gary J. Figueroa
The product is pretty good for the most part. The new Windows is not too user friendly and takes a while to get used to, which is not good for elderly users (like my folks), but... Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Mahelet
This CPU is outstanding with high speed. Its a very nice and the installation is easy very soon and work perfect.Published on March 8, 2013 by sergio
The computer is up and running to my satisfaction. Was shipped in a expeditious manner. Was packed property. Good job,Published on February 24, 2013 by Sarah White