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Dell Inspiron i660s-1231BK Desktop
on January 8, 2014
I have no idea why everyone is complaining (various sites) about this unit being slow. It's not all that slow! They must be used to sextuple-core processors? And the problems with Windows 8 being difficult?...
Anyhoo, I was a bit hesitant about ordering this after reading those negative reviews on the processor and Windows 8 Operating system. First off, the computer I was used to was an older Dell (about the size of a bus! I saw the box for this and was wondering if I had ordered something in error. This baby is tiny! Maybe slightly bigger than an old-school photo album!
After plugging it in and breezing through the setup, I was really looking forward to testing the "negative" stuff I had read. I love the new Windows! I must add though, it would be even more wonderful with a touch screen monitor. After fumbling around for a bit with it, I picked up navigating and searching through most everything. It's setup simply put, like a smart phone. You can search anything and everything on the sidebar (after you figure where it is, LOL!) I have since then tested the processor speed, especially on the internet. I have DSL, and clicking on the Internet Explorer symbol will get me to homepage between 1-2 seconds. I, all at once, linked up my iTunes (sharing and importing my music from my old computer- roughly 16GB of music), was on the net, and downloading updates, etc. all with minimal trouble with processor & speed. If anything, the only thing I've noticed that was somewhat time consuming was starting the computer up. It takes literally a minute or two max! It was a little bit slower than my laptop which is an Intel i7 processor. Unless you're dealing with 3-D CAD/CAM programming software, I doubt you'll have any issues with processor speed.
Some other negatives I read were not being able to locate the USB ports and the CD/DVD drive. Really now? If you look at the pics here on Amazon, you will see BOTH buttons to release the USB cover AND DVD drive! I actually thought I wasn't going to be able to link up my 5.1 surround to this when I looked at the inputs in the back, but plugging the 3 wires in (using headphone, mic, and another jack) prompted a pop-up on the computer in which the computer read what the wire was for, and allowed me to select it for my surround! Works great and is controlled perfectly with the sound card that comes installed.
ALL IN ALL, this is a great little computer in my opinion, especially considering the price! I have no objections or negative comments and would easily recommend to a friend!