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When I take a look at Amazon desktops I can’t help seeing Dell Inspirons dominating the top spots. There’s a reason for that, however unclear. It might be Dells just get more exposure. Or then they actually are rock-solid. Either way, in this review we try to figure out which is the case for Dell Inspiron i3647-2309BK, an Intel i3 budget desktop. Is it really excellent bang for your buck or just advertised so?
The main things
Dell Inspiron i3647-2309BK comes with Intel Core i3-4150 processor which is known for it’s great performance. The CPU has clock speed of 3.5GHz and runs on two cores, and nothing you will do on such a budget desktop will be too much for it. The Intel also has excellent value (benchmark points / price), so you’ll be using your money wisely in case you get this Dell.
Other essential things of Dell Inspiron i3647-2309BK are 4GB RAM and large 1TB hard drive. The memory is probably enough as it is, although you can expand it up to 16GB and there’s one free slot available too. The hard drive is spacious 1024GB (7200RPM), again there’s probably no need to upgrade it later on. Especially if you get this Dell for typical home or office use I don’t see how that much of storage would ever fill up.
The operating system choice for Dell Inspiron i3647-2309BK is Windows 8.1 64-bit edition. That comes pre-installed, as well as anti-virus and MS Office trials.
Other specs being solid, there must be a compromise made for a budget desktop. And that’s always the graphics card. Dell Inspiron i3647-2309BK has an integrated graphics chip dubbed Intel HD 4400. It’s not fast at all, although if you’re a player you could have good FPS on some older games. There are some videos on YouTube about 4400’s gaming performance. For example, Minecraft seems to run smoothly. But don’t get that graphics chip (and thus, this desktop) if gaming is your primary use of computer. You’d have to pay more than this for enjoyable gaming sessions.
Dell Inspiron i3647-2309BK comes with a great choice of connections for a budget desktop. There’s respectable amount of 6 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 ports available. Also HDMI & VGA ports are featured, so using dual monitors shouldn’t be a problem. For networking there are both wired (10/100/1000Mbps) and wireless adapters available. On top of that, Bluetooth 4.0 is supported.
There is also 8-in-1 media card reader installed. That will let you upload photos and other multimedia conveniently from digital cameras and other gadgets.
What else to keep in mind?
Dell Inspiron i3647-2309BK has tray-load DVD burner installed. It also comes with optical USB mouse and keyboard. No monitor is included however.
The system case itself is very small. There are no expansion slots (save the memory), adding another hard drive or optical drive is not possible.
Surprisingly, Dell Inspiron i3647-2309BK is a cheap desktop with lots of advantages and hardly any disadvantages. Sure, it has no real gaming performance like any budget computer. But it has solid i3 processor, nice 4GB RAM and plenty of storage space. The connections are also solid, there are no important ports missing. The system case itself is small, allowing you to find place for it easily. So my conclusion? If you want good bang for your buck, and are looking for a home or office desktop, getting this Dell will probably be a very wise choice.