Dell Inspiron i3455-6040BLK AiO Desktop Review

September 7, 2015
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All-in-One desktops are an old concept, but that doesn’t mean they’re useless. To be honest, they can be very useful if you’re concerned about ease of use and setup. These things work by just plugging the desktop into an outlet and powering it up, a truly no-hassle way. Dell Inspiron i3455-6040BLK is this kind of All-in-One (or AiO as they’re known), offering a basic AMD A6 processor coupled with a 4GB RAM. This should be enough for everyday computing, but how about power users and gaming aspects? Furthermore, is this desktop really worth the price? Read on and you’ll see what we think…

What programs does it run?

If I called Dell Inspiron i3455-6040BLK a power desktop I’d be lying. The processor in this All-in-One is AMD A6-7310, a mid-2015 quad core model with 2.0GHz clock speed (2.4GHz using turbo). It’s about as powerful as 4th generation Intel Core i3s, all of them receiving ~2500 points in CPU Mark tests. So, performance is not that great: It’s certainly enough for basic tasks (web, YouTube etc.), perhaps even for occasional Photoshopping and other demanding programs, but for day-to-day heavy use I’d get something else.

The desktop comes with one 4GB DDR3L chip. There’s however another free SODIMM slot on the mainboard. In the manual, 8GB is the biggest memory amount supported, but I think you’d be able to go for 16GB by installing two 8GB sticks. Anyway, the current 4GB is good for casual users and even for some professionals, so you don’t need to worry about the memory if you ask me.

The hard drive has 500GB capacity and it runs on 5400RPM spindle speed. Neither storage size nor performance is spectacular, but these All-in-Ones are about simplicity, not fancy components. The interface is SATA 6 Gbps (2.5″), you can always find a similar solid-state drive and put it in if you want a faster computer.

And how about games?

Dell Inspiron i3455-6040BLK is not so good for gamers, there’s no real graphics card inside – only an integrated AMD Radeon R4. According to G3D Mark tests, it seems to be slower than even the old Intel HD 4000 (453 vs. 400 points). As such, not many games would run fluently here. For example, GTA 5 is pretty much unplayable, even on low resolution and settings it would get less than 20 frames per second. Minecraft should however work, using medium settings you’d get ~25 FPS.

Can you tell me anything about the screen?

Dell Inspiron i3455-6040BLK features a 24″ Full HD touch display. As said above, you won’t be able to keep 1080p with games, but for video (like movies) the Full HD works. Panel type looks like IPS, it’s often regarded as better quality than regular TN. Refresh rate here is 60hz.

What peripherals can I connect?

Dell Inspiron i3455-6040BLK comes with four USB ports – it’s divided to two USB 2.0s and two USB 3.0s. There’s also HDMI output, it means you can connect an external monitor to this desktop and use the computer through that screen. You can’t, however, do it the other way around (connect gaming console to the Dell monitor, for example). That would need HDMI input, and that’s something the Dell doesn’t support.

For installing programs and transferring data locally, you can use the tray load DVD burner. There’s also 4-in-1 card slot for memory cards, supporting SD, SDXC, SDHC and MMC types.

Networking interfaces include both wired and wireless: both 100Mbps RJ-45 port and 802.11b/g/n WiFi are available. Bluetooth 4.0 works as well.

The computer has a webcam supporting 1280×720 video, good for Skype chatting indeed.

Anything else I should know?

Operating system is Windows 8.1 but you can always upgrade it to Windows 10 for free. The desktop also includes mouse and keyboard so nothing has to be purchased separately.

Summing it up

Dell Inspiron i3455-6040BLK is not a very powerful rig, but it’s not even meant to be. It’s supposed to be an easy to use desktop for home (or maybe student dorm), where most common activities include things like web browsing, sending emails, watching movies and doing homework perhaps with Word, Excel and other MS Office programs. Gaming would be tough here, there’s no proper graphics card for a lot of eye candy and smooth frames. If you’re OK with that and want an user friendly approach, look no further – this Dell should be a spot on choice for you.

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