There’s a convenient way to buy a ready to use computer: choose a desktop package. No input devices or monitor has to be bought separately, everything is included. Such is Dell Inspiron 3847 i3847-6931BK, a Core i5-powered system with a 24 inches display. It should be good for people wanting a complete solution – but let’s examine the desktop more to find out about its possible blunders!
The Dell has quite a solid performance. It features Intel Core i5-4460, a quad-core processor with 3.2GHz clock speed and turbo upping the frequency to 3.4GHz when need be. The i5 series is meant for bit heavier use, so people with more demanding programs than just a web browser (like programming, graphics, virtual machines) will find the processor adequate. It also contains built-in HD 4600 chip for gaming, which I’ll elaborate more below.
Further reinforcing the power desktop status, Dell Inspiron 3847 i3847-6931BK has 8GB DDR3 RAM installed. It comes on two 4GB chips which occupy the both memory slots. Those are, of course, removable RAM chips so if for some reason you want to add more, you’re free to do so.
The storage size is plenty, at 1000GB you’re unlikely to have worries about running out of space. To give you an example how much data such a drive can take, I’ll tell you that data amount equivalent to two hundred DVDs could be stored there. The performance – 7200RPM – is also tad better than a 5400RPM drive would have. But if you want more, there is one 3.5″ slot free for an additional hard drive or SSD.
Screen and graphics
The desktop comes with a Dell E2414H, a 24″ non-touch anti-glare monitor. It’s large, probably bigger than your current desktop screen. The resolution is 1920×1080, letting you enjoy Full HD content. Having 5ms response time and TN (Twisted Nematics) panel also suggests suitability for fast moving image like games, although picture quality is unlikely to exceed your expectations.
So, how’s the gaming side of Dell Inspiron 3847 i3847-6931BK? There’s Intel HD 4600 graphics engine in it, a fast member of the Intel HD family, although feeble compared to dedicated cards. This means many games are playable, although on heavier ones like Battlefield 4 you must keep settings low to get decent 25 FPS. Easier games, like Steam-powered ones and Sims, will run smoothly on higher details.
The back panel of Dell Inspiron 3847 i3847-6931BK houses HDMI and VGA outputs, meaning dual monitor setup is supported. The back also has four USB 2.0s and two USB 3.0s, plenty for your peripherals. In the front, there are sadly just two USB 2.0 ports – none of the faster type.
There’s Dell Wireless N 1705 card installed, meaning you’ll get a 802.11 b/g/n WiFi on this desktop. A Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 and Bluetooth 4.0 are supported, too.
A tray load DVD burner is installed on the front panel. Next to it, there’s a 8-in-1 media card reader giving you some extra storage or way to upload data to the desktop.
What other things to consider?
In addition to the monitor, Dell Inspiron 3847 i3847-6931BK come with a basic keyboard and optical mouse. Pre-installed software include Windows 8.1 (64-bit), also McAfee anti-virus trial should be there.
You can indeed add expansions to this rig. It has free 3.5″ and 5.25″ bays for drives. On the mainboard, there are two PCI-E x1 and one PCI-E x16 slot available. The latter can be used to install a graphics card. The PSU seems to be just 300W, although it’s replaceable, something to keep in mind if you’re adding a gaming card inside.
Summing it up
Dell Inspiron 3847 i3847-6931BK seems to be a complete package for home and office users. There’s no need to invest in a display separately, while the fast i5 processor and 8GB RAM make sure the vast majority of programs (and even many games on low details) are handled without lag. Connections and networking options are solid, although if I had to nitpick, not having USB 3.0 ports in the front is a small disadvantage. All in all, if you don’t want to hunt for monitor deals but want it all together, getting this kind of desktop package is a very good idea.