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Dell Inspiron One 22 - Performance, Value and Verdict
When it comes to performance, the dual-core, 3GHz AMD Athlon II X2 250e CPU certainly holds its own, especially against the Intel Core 2 Duo processors still to be found in much of the competition at this price point. For many users, there simply won't be any need to go for one of the more expensive Core i3 or i5 options.
Unfortunately, all but the most casual gaming is pretty much out of the question, with the AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5470 managing a pretty uninspiring 17.3 frames per second (fps) average in Stalker: Call of Prypiat – and that in DirectX 10 mode, with detail turned down to medium and resolution at a sub-native 1,366 x 768 pixels. Just to put that into perspective, the AE2400's Radeon HD 565v managed 25fps at the same settings but with the resolution cranked up to 1,920 x 1,080.
When it comes to value, the £630 Inspiron One 22 holds up pretty well - but it's worth remembering its limitations, especially in regards to connectivity. Only if you're sure the initial, non-upgradeable specifications match your intended usage, and that you won't want to hook up a console or netbook to its screen, is it worth considering this AIO. In that case, it's one of the more affordable options offering touch, a Full HD screen, built-in TV digital tuner, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, not to mention wireless peripherals and a remote.
If you do want to take things up a step, the Inspiron One 23 offers an Intel Core i5 CPU, 6GB of memory, 1TB hard drive, better graphics and a Blu-ray drive in addition to its slightly larger screen, which might well be worth the extra £260 it costs. At that price point though, Dell begins to compete against the high-end offerings from the likes of Lenovo, HP, MSI and Samsung, all of which offer superior connectivity.
The Dell Inspiron One 22 has a lot to offer, including a stylish all-in-one design, fairly impressive Full HD screen, reasonably generous specifications and wireless peripherals. However, its severely limited connectivity dampens the mood somewhat, especially since it means you won't be able to use that rather nice screen with any external devices nor hook up fast external storage. If this is not something that matters to you, then it's a good value buy in the generally overpriced all-in-one PC market.
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