On the design front, Dell has given its Inspiron One 22 a clean and reasonably stylish, but not exactly ground-breaking, look. However, while it doesn’t come close to matching the svelte Lenovo IdeaCentre A310 or indeed Apple’s better-known 21in iMac (at around 5cm thick, this AIO has few pretentions towards thinness), it’s more understated and just a tad more attractive than the Asus EeeTop or MSI Wind Top AE2220.
Mainly, this is achieved by a black plastic bezel that sports a faux brushed metal effect, rather than the usual glossy finish that’s, like, so 2010. Underneath this we have a gunmetal grey speaker grille that’s not disfigured by buttons or logos, and the whole lot is surrounded by a piano-black trim which contrasts nicely with the matt back.
In a rather nice touch, the One 22 is lifted about 4.3cm off your desk on transparent, tapering plastic feet, with a similarly see-through leg at the back allowing some tilt adjustment – though adjusting this isn’t exactly an easy task, with rather a lot of force required. Build quality throughout is solid, though there’s the occasional hint of creak.
Dell includes a wireless mouse and keyboard with the 2205 model of the Inspiron One 22. These are in fact the exact same set that came with the Dell Inspiron Zino HD, and as bundled peripherals go are fairly decent. Both run off AA batteries which are easily replaced with rechargeables, and they both connect to a single USB receiver which can be hidden at the back of the PC.
The keyboard has a neat and fairly standard layout, though the Page Up/Down key cluster layout is rearranged to be slightly narrower than usual. Key feedback is soft but well-defined, and the matte surround extends to offer a comfortable palm-rest. A glossy strip along the top houses application shortcuts to the left and media controls to the right. Our one complaint was that the volume wheel on this particular keyboard sample was incredibly stiff, making it a pain to use. However, based on past experience this is hopefully a one-off.
While far glossier than we would like and as basic as it gets, the ambidextrous mouse is fairly comfortable thanks to its ergonomic shape, matt sides and rubberised scroll wheel. On its base you’ll find a resync and handy on/off button.
The Windows media remote likewise sports a glossy finish that loves fingerprints, and uses less common button-cell batteries. Otherwise it lies well in the hand, and its logically-laid out, rubber buttons are comfortable and responsive.