Getting a desktop is an excellent idea if you don’t need a portable computer but are looking for best performance for your money. Desktops are generally cheaper than laptops, while offering faster components and often better connectivity. Today, we had a look at Dell Inspiron I3847-5369bk and determined if it’s a recommended pick or not.
Dell Inspiron I3847-5369bk sports Core i5-4460 processor, a 4th generation quad core Intel with nice 3.2 GHz clock speed (3.4GHz on turbo use). It seems to do well compared to other Core i5 models, reaching a high 6700 points in Passmark tests. The i5-4460 can be dubbed as a performance processor, good if you have some heavier software like video editor which you want to use without too much of lag. Of course, for web surfing and other basic stuff this processor is piece of cake, but without a big price tag, so also for casual users I can recommend it.
A strange thing, the desktop has only 4GB memory installed. Almost every time you get more than this. Luckily, there are two DDR3 DIMM sockets on the mainboard (of which one is occupied by the 4GB chip). As a result, you can add more RAM if it’s a memory boost you’re after. Many people will be fine with 4GB, although power users might want to up the memory to 6GB or 8GB.
Also the hard drive is bit of a sub-standard one. It’s a common thing to see 750GB or 1000GB drives in desktops of this price, yet this Dell has a 500GB one. It’s of course still a lot – capable of hosting tens of thousands of files – but for the money a bigger drive could’ve been expected. Luckily, the drive runs on 7200RPM which is somewhat faster than a regular 5400RPM one. But if it’s absolute speed you’re after you should put an SSD in.
What I consider excellent is the operating system. No Windows 8 is found, but there’s the crowd’s favorite Windows 7 Pro (64-bit) pre-installed to let you use the desktop without hassles.
A word about gaming
The i5-4460 processor features an integrated graphics engine HD 4600. It’s not a dedicated card indeed, but still one of the fastest Intel HD chips. You should get +30 frames per second with Battlefield 4 on low settings, which is very playable. The older CS:GO should give double or so from that. All in all, many games will work but some has to be played with low to medium settings to get smooth FPS.
Dell Inspiron I3847-5369bk has eight USB ports in total. As usually, two of those are USB 3.0 which you should prefer to get good transfer rates. In addition to USB, there are HDMI and VGA outputs in the back panel, which means a dual monitor setup is possible.
Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port will take care of your wired networking needs. There’s also a WiFi/Bluetooth 4.0 adapter installed if you like it wireless.
A tray-load DVD drive is available in front, so creating DVDs and CDs works. You can also use SD, MS, MMC and xD memory cards thanks to the 8-in-1 media card reader.
Something else to keep in mind?
Dell Inspiron I3847-5369bk is sized at 14.5 x 7 x 17 (HxWxD inches). There’s free space for one extra 5.25″ and 3.5″ drive. On the mainboard, there are two PCI-e x1 slots and one PCI-e x16 slot. Adding a gaming-oriented graphics card is thus possible. As far as I know, the power supply is 300W which you might also have to upgrade if you’re installing a power hungry card.
No monitor is included, but USB keyboard and mouse are.
Summing it up
I’m sure Dell Inspiron I3847-5369bk is an useful tool for some users. It has good features, like a powerful processor and viable graphics engine for some gaming. Also networking is well thought, with wireless adapter supporting Bluetooth. Windows 7 is, at least in my opinion, a definite plus. But then there are some oddities, such as low(ish) 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive which are hardly enough for a modern desktop. Professionals would want to have more, casual users should do alright. With the current price the desktop is not great value, but you’re not going for a bad deal either if you decide to buy it.