I don’t blame you for being interested in the Dell Inspiron i3455-6041BLK desktop. For one, it’s a “ready to use” package, in that monitor and input devices are included in addition to the usual system unit. And another reason, the computer has gotten some positive reviews around Internet. But I’ve also found out some bad things in this Dell; if you want to know more about them, keep on reading!
What is the desktop good for?
We shall start with the processor performance. The CPU in this machine is AMD A6-7310, an entry-level quad-core chip featuring 2.0GHz clock speed and 2.4GHz turbo speed. I say entry-level because it gets just about 2600 points in CPU Mark (a popular benchmark for processors) which, to be honest, is not that much. It’s a score equivalent to 4th generation Intel Core i3s that you used to see in laptops. So, for demanding applications the processor is not that great, but it’s not stopping you from all-day web browsing and video streaming.
For memory, the desktop offers a standard 4GB (one stick). An easy way to bring some extra performance would be to put in more RAM; the computer has one free socket with maximum memory being 8GB (according to specifications). Four gigabytes is good for lightweight use, but especially for multitasking 8GB is something you would benefit from.
The storage section doesn’t have anything exciting, just a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive. It really depends on who you ask from if it’s good or not; if you ask a casual user they mostly say yes, it is good for their daily dose of web browser and MS Office activities. But if you ask a professional they will criticize the spindle speed (the 5400RPM part) which means the system and programs will not start as quickly as on a modern solid-state drive. You can take out the current drive and put in SSD if you want a cheap(ish) performance boost.
Does it work for gaming?
Dell Inspiron i3455-6041BLK does not have a great gaming capacity, thanks to the slow integrated graphics engine bearing the name AMD Radeon R4. It’s not going to bring you a great gaming experience as the performance is similar to Intel HD 4000 chip. For example, you can try GTA 5 on normal settings and 1366×768 and you will see FPS is somewhere around 20 – not really enjoyable but some call it playable. Many less demanding games (like League of Legends and sports games such as Fifa 14) will however run smooth here.
There is no way of adding a dedicated graphics card, so you will have to do with the Radeon R4.
Can I hook up a printer? External drive?
You can surely plug in those devices (and many more) to Dell Inspiron i3455-6041BLK. To start with, there are two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports for peripherals. The video output is brought by a full-size HDMI port, meaning you can actually connect a second monitor to this unit.
Audio ports include headphone/microphone connector and line-out, which for example works with speakers.
To get Internet access, you can connect a RJ-45 network cable, the desktop has 100Mbps Ethernet circuit. Also a basic 802.11b/g/n WiFi card is installed, so wireless network (and Bluetooth 4.0) works as well.
Dell Inspiron i3455-6041BLK comes with a proper 23.8 inches anti-glare touch display, it supports the only acceptable resolution for that size which is 1920×1080. The panel type is IPS – In-Plane Switching – which means wide viewing angles, around 180 degrees. If you don’t for some reason like this screen, you can always plug in another one to the desktop’s HDMI output.
Keyboard and mouse are included too.
The computer features a DVD burner (does not work with BluRay). Media card reader for SD, SDXC, SDHC and MMC is there as well – you can upload files from digital cameras using that.
Windows 10 Home (64-bit) is the operating system.
The desktop also includes a webcam (1280×720 video resolution), so having a chat with your buddies is possible.
Summing it up
Dell Inspiron i3455-6041BLK is a solid All-in-One solution for home or small business use. See, it doesn’t have cutting edge technology inside, but AMD A6 processor and entry-level 4GB RAM should be everything a casual user needs. Some professionals will find the lack of SSD and gaming performance disturbing, but in case you’re not a player (or power user), this Dell should be the All-in-One computer you need for browsing the web and dealing with office programs!