Dell Inspiron i3847-1696BK Desktop Review

March 28, 2016
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Buy a budget desktop if you don’t need to do fancy stuff (graphics editing, heavy programming or intensive gaming) on your computer. That is my advice. Thus, you don’t need to pay a lot and can use your money for more productive stuff. Here I tell you more about Dell Inspiron i3847-1696BK desktop (a budget one for sure!) and how it may be able to benefit you.

Is it fast enough?

I want to be honest with you: Dell Inspiron i3847-1696BK is not the fastest desktop in the bunch. It has an average-performance processor, Intel Pentium G3260 with a dual-core setup and 3.3GHz clock speed. You might also be interested in the actual benchmarks, so CPU Mark score for this unit is around 3400. It’s not really excellent for a desktop, but will be enough for everyday programs (think of browsers, Skype, Office). And after all, the computer is quite an inexpensive one :)

By default, the desktop comes with 4GB DDR3 memory inside. Now that is not an excellent amount either, but will get you through a day of home/office use. Power users would probably want to upgrade the RAM, that is possible because two DDR3 sockets reside on the mainboard. Thus, the maximum memory is 16GB.

Storage drive is also important part of the computer. In this Dell, that is handled by one-terabyte HDD with SATA 3 interface and 7200RPM spindle speed. My guess is, you will never run out of space with that drive, but of course the actual performance falls behind solid-state drives. But fear not, there is a free 3.5″ bay inside, so at least with an adapter you can install SSD here.

How does it handle games?

Dell Inspiron i3847-1696BK lacks the performance a serious gamer is looking for. The reason is simple: there is no dedicated graphics card inside. The only graphics engine you get is Intel HD Graphics (the older version). It’s indeed a slow chip; if you try to play graphics-intensive games such as GTA 5 or Battlefield 4 you will get choppy FPS (~20) even if settings are low. However, simpler type of titles like Sims 4 and many Steam-based ones run good.

As far as I know, a PCI-e x16 slot is located inside, so some sort of (probably low-profile) graphics card can be installed to boost the gaming performance a bit.

Good selection of ports and connections?

Dell Inspiron i3847-1696BK has decent connectivity, in that you can plug in all the common devices used to enhance a computer. To start with, there are four USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 connectors available on the system. And you probably need video ports too to hook up a monitor: HDMI-out and VGA are there for you. Two monitors at the same time are also supported.

There are audio ports – microphone, line-out and line-in – accepting devices like speakers if you want to listen to music.

Tray-load DVD burner is included; nothing is stopping you from creating a disc or two (however BluRays wouldn’t be supported). Memory card reader is there as well: slip in SD(HC/XC), MS (Pro), MMC(+) or xD cards.

Other important benefits

Not a surprise, Dell Inspiron i3847-1696BK includes a keyboard and mouse so you don’t need to get them separately. But something you have to, and that’s the monitor, it is not included.

Operating system is Windows 10 Home (64-bit).


Dell Inspiron i3847-1696BK has its place in your home: if your use consists of word processing, Internet surfing and the like, then this kind of Dell is sufficient and you can forget the more expensive computers right now. Just know that gaming is pretty much off-limits; there is no dedicated graphics card installed. If you are fine with this, and want to keep your wallet happy, choosing this Dell should be a smart person’s choice!

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