Dell Inspiron i3043-1250BLK Review

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October 14, 2014
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All-in-One desktops can be a perfect choice if you want convenience. You just buy one item and receive everything in one package: display, system unit, keyboard and mouse. Dell Inspiron i3043-1250BLK is such All-in-One computer featuring Celeron processor and 19.5 inches display. The price is, as you might’ve guessed, very affordable. That makes this Dell a good target for the Tech For Pennies review team!

Main things

It’s Intel Celeron that’s usually gets picked as the processor of low-cost desktops. Rightly so, the CPU itself is cheap and offers adequate performance. The CPU model in this Dell, an Intel Celeron N2830, has two cores and base speed of 2.2 GHz. Turbo speed feature will momentarily up the speed to 2.4GHz, although the overall performance of these Celerons is below average. That being said, typical tasks like web surfing, YouTube, MS Office and even older games (namely Minecraft) is very possible with this CPU.

The system memory of Dell Inspiron i3043-1250BLK is 4GB which is fine unless you’re into very demanding stuff like video editing. There is however a possibility to double the RAM as the system supports 8GB memory. First, though, you’d have to remove the 4GB chip because there’s only one RAM module in the motherboard.

The hard drive is nothing to brag about, a 500GB storage drive running on 5400RPM is just an average sight in modern desktops. The half a terabyte size is more than enough for typical Windows use, but insufficient for storing lots of huge files a power user might have. The drive is also an older 5400RPM hard drive, so getting fast solid-state drive speeds is unheard of with this desktop.

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Screen & Graphics

Dell Inspiron i3043-1250BLK has screen built into the system unit (which is the idea of All-in-One desktops). The display is 19.5″ big and features 1600×900 resolution but no touch screen. As you can see, it’s bigger screen than a typical laptop would have, but at the same time smaller than a dedicated desktop display would be. That’s a compromise you have to make for the convenient and cheap All-in-One system, but for everyday use such a screen would pose no problem.

The graphics of this Dell are responsibility of the processor-integrated Intel HD Graphics. That name has long been synonymous for substandard performance. As you can see, this exact model is the slowest in Intel HD family and is suitable only for the lightweight games with reduced settings and resolution. But as noted above, this graphics engine (and the Celeron processor) can run the popular Minecraft well when you skimp on the eye candy a bit.

Connections

Dell Inspiron i3043-1250BLK features 3 USB 2.0 ports, but as far as I know there are no faster USB 3.0 ports available. There’s also a HDMI output but no VGA, so you can connect this Dell to a newer external monitor like HDTV and use the computer through that. The usual mic/headphones port is also available.

A 3-in-1 media card reader is installed which supports SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC formats. The built-in webcam has 720p resolution allowing you to have video meetings and such in HD.

Network connectivity is good: Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 all work out of the box.

Anything else to keep in mind?

There is no optical drive in Dell Inspiron i3043-1250BLK. In another words, CD/DVD drive is missing. For that, you’d have to use an external drive.

Operating system of Dell Inspiron i3043-1250BLK is 64-bit Windows 8.1. You also have an option to use Microsoft Office for free, although only for 30 days.

The included input devices are USB keyboard and optical mouse.

Summary

Combining the low price, entry-level performance and positive user reviews has made me to recommend Dell Inspiron i3043-1250BLK for home, office and student users. There are no major drawbacks in this Dell, it would run your everyday Windows programs like a breeze. That wouldn’t of course be the case for heavy gaming, but one can’t expect a 300 bucks desktop work for demanding stuff very well.

To reiterate, if you’re just a happy home user looking for a convenient computer solution, this All-in-One Dell might very well be the answer. Monitor, keyboard and mouse all come with it, so you wouldn’t have to get anything separately.


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