Dell Dell - 23 Inspiron All-In-One Computer - 4GB Memory - 500GB Hard Drive (500 GB, Intel Pentium Pro, 4 GB) Desktop - IO23200944BK Reviews
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Dell Dell - 23 Inspiron All-In-One Computer - 4GB Memory - 500GB Hard Drive (500 GB, Intel Pentium Pro, 4 GB) Desktop - IO23200944BK

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Top notch, easy use, I'm still in love

Jan 4, 2013
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Rated a Very Helpful Review
  • User Rating: Excellent

  • Ease of Use:

Pros:Easy to set up
Quiet
Durable
Touch screen worth the extra price

Cons:Tad expensive for the touch screen.
location of power switch.

The Bottom Line: Highly recommend.


I've waited a year to write a review for this all-in-one computer because everyone loves their computer (usually) at first blush.  I've had the Inspiron One 2320 for 11 months now, and I'm as happy with it now as I was when I bought it.

First, like many computer users, I'm not an expert (so if you want a review that compares bits, bytes, and speed, and is highly technical, look elsewhere).  Basically, I want to plug it in and move on with life, I don't want hassles, and I'm frustrated when things don't go right with it.  I don't want to call Dell to complain, and I don't want to deal with their customer service.  Been there, done that on other models.  Second, my usage is entirely word processing, email, surfing, facebook, and a modest use of online games.  Some of my word processing files are substantial, with pictures, graphs, charts, etc (I'm a writer and editor), so I need it to handle large files.  Are they huge files?  No, but they are large enough and I don't want issues.

This said, this mid-range computer has met every need and then some, and it continues to please me and make my life easier 11 months on.  It   fits nicely on the desk without cluttering up the floor space, and is sufficiently compact to provide extra room behind it, and enough room in front and below to store my keyboard.  Noise level is very low. The JBL speakers are built in, but I can augment them with others if I want to.  I also have a second monitor connected to it, to allow me to pull up additional documents and keep them, full-sized, in view without having to switch windows or tabs.

The touch screen was a new experience for me, and a last minute, impulse addition.  I've never used one except on my iPhone and the like, so it's been a novelty.  I'm not likely to be without one again.  It makes tracing maps in Inkscape (or similar programs) easy: I just use the stylus or my finger, even.  It even is functional for example, when the batteries are dead, I can use a stylus or even my finger.  The downside to the touch screen: in the warmer weather, the stink bugs tend to give it fits. 

It as 4 USB ports, 2 on the side, and 2 in the back, which are sufficient for my needs.  I can plug in a jump drive, or use it to charge my cell phone. There are a variety of other ports, most of which I don't use, including some gaming ports.  I have the 4 GB Ram, although a higher one was available.  It is 64 bit, which has prevented me from using some old 32 bit programs, but I can run those on an old notebook if necessary. 

The monitor is a brilliant display, and it has an integrated webcam at the top center; it came installed with facial recognition software, which is cool, but I usually don't use it.  The DVR-RW drive on the side seemed odd to me at first (I'm used to having drives that are parallel to the floor, not perpendicular), but I've become accustomed to it. 

The on-off switch is located immediately beside some of the speaker volume controls, which makes it easy to switch the computer off by mistake. 

I'd buy this again in a heart-beat (or buy whatever is the latest version of it).  It is by far the best functioning Dell I've had in a while, and that's not just because it's running a more proven version of Windows, but I think it's because of it's design and specs.  I'm a long-term Dell user, and I've had some loser computers (Zino leaps to mind).  But this one, even after 11 months, is still speedy, still easy to use, and has shown no signs of wearing down. 


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 700
Operating System: Windows
Processor: Other
Processor speed: 301-400
RAM: More than 256
Internal Storage: CD-RW and DVD
Hard Drive (GB): Over 50


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