It’s not a hard to job to find a decent home desktop because shops are full of those – they are, after all, the most popular desktop niche. But another thing is, what is the best home computer? What gives you the best bang for your buck? Whether it’s Dell Inspiron i3847-10000BK or not will be revealed in this review…
The desktop seems to have a plenty, or at least sufficient amount of RAM. The two memory slots on mainboard are filled with 4GB dual channel DDR3 1600MHz sticks, so the total memory is 8GB. The specifications tell me that 16GB is the most memory the system takes, that you can get after installing two 8GB sticks.
Dell Inspiron i3847-10000BK has decent processing power. Intel Core i5-4460 is running the show, it has four cores and a base clock speed of 3.2GHz – which will be slightly increased to 3.4GHz with the turbo boost. For those interested in benchmarks, I’ll tell the average CPU Mark (a popular benchmark test) score is ~6600. That can be characterized as a high-end processor, mainstream ones get around 4000-5000 these days.
You should have enough ports at your disposal. The back panel sports four USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 connectors for peripherals. Video outputs include HDMI and VGA (thus, a dual-display setup is possible). For audio, you will get mic, line-out and line-in ports in the back. The front panel sports two more USB 2.0s and a mic/headphone connector.
So this computer has a WiFi + Bluetooth adapter. That’s good, you don’t have to use cables if you don’t want to.
Windows 10 Home (64-bit) is the operating system, that’s far more easier to use than the old Windows 8.
A common quirk with desktops, they don’t include a solid-state drive of any sort. Instead, a good old spinning hard drive is what they have. In this Dell, there’s a 1TB 7200RPM SATA 3 hard drive installed. If you long for an SSD, remember there is one free 3.5″ bay which accepts a solid-state drive with an adapter.
The desktop has a DVD writer, not that everybody needs it anymore. Media card reader is also available, it eats SD(XC/HC), MS, MMC and xD cards.
The wattage of power supply is 300W, it should take a low-power graphics card if you want to upgrade. There is a free PCI-e x16 slot inside.
Are you looking for a gaming computer? Well, in that case, Dell Inspiron i3847-10000BK should not be your choice. There is only an integrated graphics card available, the Intel HD 4600, which can run many games but only with (very) little eye candy on. For example, using 720p resolution and low details you could get ~25FPS on GTA 5. Of course, that’s quite a demanding game – a less demanding one like Minecraft will give far more than 60FPS.
Mo monitor included, just USB keyboard and mouse.
Like somebody said, Dell Inspiron i3847-10000BK is first and foremost a home/office desktop. It will deal with all typical software, such as web browsers and MS Office stack without breaking a sweat. You can plug in printers, scanners and other USB devices. WiFi works as well. But very demanding programs and most games are best left for faster computers. If you understand that, you would most likely be happy with this simple Dell.