Dell Inspiron i3455-1241BLK looks like a normal PC monitor but it’s not only that – there’s a computer system unit included as well, all placed in the monitor part. That is an ideal setup when not much space is available, but how are the other aspects of such a 2-in-1 desktop?
I won’t say the Dell is packed with power. Its processor, AMD E2-7110 is actually a mobile-level CPU with four cores and 1.8GHz clock speed. The CPU Mark score isn’t flattering, just around 2000, less than many laptop Core i3s used to get. For basic stuff, including YouTube and Microsoft Office family, the AMD processor is good, but don’t expect it to run resource-heavy applications well.
The computer includes 4GB memory, not many desktops have so little these days, mostly laptops do. It is the minimum acceptable RAM if you ask me, and a good thing, there’s a free memory slot on motherboard letting you to up the memory to 8GB.
Hard drive is a disappointing 500GB 5400RPM SATA 3 unit. You may find operating system and some software start-up times pretty slow, swapping the hard drive for an SSD will help with that. It doesn’t look like M.2 sockets are available, the WiFi card takes the only M.2 on mainboard.
Can I play games on this computer?
Dell Inspiron i3455-1241BLK is absolutely not suitable for one thing, and that’s serious gaming. It has a mere Radeon R2 for graphics processing, an integrated unit whose performance is comparable (or even inferior) to Intel HD 4000. New 2015-2016 games will not be playable, for example popular GTA 5 will have too laggy environment. Counter-Strike: Go would run using medium or even high settings, though.
Ports and connections
Connections should suffice for everyday use, although ports are not as plenty as on real desktops. You’ll get in total four USB ports, half of them being USB 2.0 and the other half USB 3.0. Video output is handled by HDMI, you can hook up another monitor to this computer.
An important thing for many, DVD burner is included in Dell Inspiron i3455-1241BLK. Media card reader is likewise there, it eats SD, SDHC, SDXC and MMC cards.
Internet can be used with or without cable: the desktop has 100Mbps RJ-45 port and 802.11n WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 card installed.
The front-facing webcam supports 1280×720 resolution for video.
Other important things
The monitor has 24 inches (23.8″ to be exact) diagonal, the maximum resolution is 1920×1080 a.k.a. Full HD. It’s not a touchscreen model. Panel type is IPS.
USB keyboard and mouse are included in the purchase.
Operating system is pre-installed, it is the Windows 10 Home (64-bit edition).
Summing it up
As some people have pointed out, Dell Inspiron i3455-1241BLK is a bit slow. That is understandable, after all the AMD processor, 4GB RAM and an older hard drive are not the best combination for users wanting pure performance. But this kind of set-up can work wonders for home users or students who only use it for web surfing, checking emails, perhaps watching videos et cetera. If you think that’s you, this Dell should be sufficient for your needs, at a very desirable price.