A desktop of today certainly looks different than those computers 20 years ago. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the above picture. It’s a photo of Dell Inspiron 20 i3043-1252BLK, an All-in-One desktop featuring Celeron-level performance and a HD touchscreen. Its selling at a comfortable price of ~350 bucks, which makes the computer a perfect match for the TechForPennies.com review team…
Dell Inspiron 20 i3043-1252BLK runs on Intel Celeron N2830, a common processor found in low-end notebooks and some desktops. The dual-core CPU has clock speed up to 2.4GHz on burst frequency. It also integrates Intel HD graphics engine for some rudimentary gaming. Celerons are not known for high performance, but they should nonetheless suffice for all daily activities including Netflix and other types of video streaming.
The desktop comes with 4GB DDR3L RAM. There’s one memory slot on the mainboard in total and it supports up to a 8GB chip. So, in case you’re wondering about RAM upgrade, it should be possible on this computer.
A 500GB hard drive is responsible for the storage. It’s not too big a drive, but in my opinion, is adequate for everyday computing. Same can be said about the speed of 5400RPM – casual users are happy, professionals maybe not. With that being said, it’s possible to upgrade the hard drive for a bigger or faster one.
Display and graphics
Dell Inspiron 20 i3043-1252BLK has a non-glare 19.5″ touch display. It’s a good pair for Windows 8.1’s touch support, although the 1600×900 resolution might worry some techies. But again, if you’re not a power user, this resolution works wonders for you.
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) chip is controlling the graphics of this computer. I can’t really recommend that for gamers, since it’s a very slow integrated card with performance issues on latest games. Most 2014 titles would hardly work on it, not even with settings turned low. But if you’re happy with simpler games, for example Minecraft should have at least 20 FPS on low resolution and settings.
Dell Inspiron 20 i3043-1252BLK has three USB ports but sadly all of them are version 2.0, the slower type. You can’t enjoy USB 3.0 speeds on this computer, which for some higher-end devices like portable hard drives would be a disadvantage.
There’s a HDMI port, although bear in mind it’s actually an input, not output. As such, you may connect, say, a gaming console into this display and play through it. You can’t, however, connect this computer to another, external monitor and use the Dell through that.
For Internet connection, the computer offers a WiFi adapter with Bluetooth 4.0 support. An RJ-45 port with 100Mbps speed is also installed.
Despite being an All-in-One desktop, this Dell doesn’t have an optical drive. You’d have to use an external drive to get support for CDs and DVDs. Or if you’re happy with memory cards, you can use the media card reader for SD, SDXC, SDHC and MMC formats.
The computer contains a 1280×720 webcam and microphone for video chatting.
Any other things to keep in mind?
Dell Inspiron 20 i3043-1252BLK is dubbed as signature edition which essentially means it doesn’t come with bloatware. To be honest, I’d rather see this as a norm – not a special feature – for new computers because that “pre-installed software” is very rarely useful.
The package includes a wireless keyboard and mouse to get you started. There’s also a VESA mount if you want to put the Dell on a wall.
Summing it up
Dell Inspiron 20 i3043-1252BLK is a good computer for lightweight use, including web browsing, Office tasks and some movie watching. It could work for, say, older people who don’t require lots of performance but are looking for a simple desktop to play with. As said in the user reviews, the missing DVD drive can be an issue, but if you can overlook that the Dell should be a solid buy. Especially if you can get it with a good discount, with price less than 350 dollars.