Dell Inspiron 3847 i3847-4923BK Review

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November 18, 2014
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Dell Inspiron 3847 i3847-4923BK is one of those dime in a dozen desktops for whom it might be hard to stand out from the crowd. The system unit looks the same than others, specs seem to be generic, there is no difference in price… How do I know if it’s a good computer? Well, here on TechForPennies.com we decided to take a closer look at this affordable Dell and find out whether the desktop would actually be useful to you.

The important stuff

Starting with the essentials, Dell Inspiron 3847 i3847-4923BK has an Intel Core i3 4150 processor. It’s a 2014 release, a dual-core CPU with whopping 3.5GHz clock speed. As expected, benchmark charts show it’s capable processor for both heavy and lightweight use. The integrated graphics chip isn’t either the worst Intel HD but a slightly more powerful Intel HD 4400. The price-performance value in these Core i3s also tends to be better than with faster processors. So, for the best value, it’s usually advised to go for a desktop with Core i3 or similar CPU.

The computer has respectable 8GB DDR3 RAM installed on two 4GB chips. The maximum amount is 16GB and there are two memory slots on the mainboard in total. As such, installing more RAM is possible. Starting with the default amount is however an excellent idea.

Storage space is also plenty 1024GB. It’s on a regular 7200RPM SATA hard drive, so reaching solid-state drive speeds isn’t possible, but then again an SSD would be lots smaller in storage than a conventional hard drive. Storing files on a terabyte drive is not a problem, it can take up, for example, DVD quality movies in low hundreds and vacation photos in tens (even hundreds) of thousands.

There’s no Windows 8 installed. Instead, the Dell comes with pre-installed Windows 7 Professional (64-bit). Friends of the older Windows, rejoice!

Concerning gaming

These entry-level desktops usually have problems with running games. That is, sadly, at least partly true for Dell Inspiron 3847 i3847-4923BK as well. It has integrated Intel HD 4400 chip bringing you the graphics, which means that the demanding games like Watch Dogs, NfS: Rivals and Thief will probably have FPS around 20 on low settings. Some call that unplayable, some don’t. With older titles, especially those without fancy graphics like sports games, Minecraft and World of Warcraft this desktop will do well, even on medium settings.

Connections

Dell Inspiron 3847 i3847-4923BK has, in my opinion, definitely enough USB ports. There’s 8 of those, six being USB 2.0 and two being USB 3.0. Both USB 3.0s are in the back, indicated by blue color. Video connectivity consists of HDMI and VGA outs, which also allow for a dual monitor configuration.

Networking on this Dell is rather effortless. It comes with Gigabit Ethernet and WiFi adapters. The latter also supports Bluetooth 4.0.

For transferring data to and from the desktop, you can use the 16x tray-load DVD burner or media card reader that supports the following formats: SD, SDXC, SDHC, MS, MS Pro, MMC, MMC+ and xD.

Something else to keep in mind?

The case dimensions (14.5″ height, 7″ width, 17″ depth) allow for some expansion. There should be one Mini-Card, two PCI-E x1 and one PCI-E x16 slots on the mainboard. Also bays for additional optical and hard drives are free. Sadly, the power supply wattage information wasn’t available, but I take a wild guess it’s not too powerful and would have to be replaced in case you added a beefy graphics card inside.

As usually, there’s no monitor included with this desktop. However, basic USB keyboard and mouse are.

Conclusion

I’ve seen Dell Inspiron 3847 i3847-4923BK lately on discount, and if you can get it around 400 bucks, I’d advice to go for it. The 4th Generation i3 processor together with 8GB RAM is a rather powerful combo, and will suffice for most uses save hardcore gaming. Having Windows 7 is also a big advantage for many, as are the solid networking options and many USB ports. I don’t see anything horribly wrong about the desktop, and getting it for the said bargain is probably a really good idea.


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