Dell refreshes Inspiron all-in-one desktops

Dell has an updated Inspiron 2320 all-in-one in time for the holidays

Dell's new Inspiron 2320 all-in-one looks familiar on the outside, but its internal specs are brand new.
Dell's new Inspiron 2320 all-in-one looks familiar on the outside, but its internal specs are brand new. Dell

HP has offered up brand-new all-in-ones for the holidays , and newcomers Samsung and Toshiba have given the category fresh competition, but Dell has opted for a more conservative approach with its updated Inspiron One 2320 all-in-one announced this morning. Rather than revamping its Inspiron One 2305 with a whole new look, Dell has focused instead on updating the Inspiron One's internal components ( sound familiar? )

Dell built is previous Inspiron One, the 2305, around AMD's serviceable AMD Phenom II X4 CPUs. The new Inspiron One 2320 comes with second-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs, bringing its performance in line with that of its competition.

Specifications include a Core i5 2400S CPU, 6GB of memory, a 1TB hard drive, a TV tuner, a DVD burner, and embedded Intel HD 2000 graphics in the $949 model. A $1,249 unit gets 8GB of RAM, a 2TB hard drive, lower-end Nvidia GeForce GT 525M graphics, and a Blu-ray drive. For $1,399, Dell throws in a Core i7 2600s chip.

All of the units include HDMI-input for connecting external devices, and while Dell says touch screens are optional features, none of the current configuration options on Dell.com gives you the ability to opt out of a touch display. Until Dell adds the ability to opt out of the touch screen, all systems will include Dell's Stage touch-input software.

From a value standpoint, the Inspiron 2320 seems fairly priced compared with the Samsung Series 7 and HP's TouchSmart 520, at least on the lower-end offerings. Once you get into the $1,200 and $1,300 price range, you enter not only iMac territory, but you also come close to the do-it-all Lenovo IdeaCentre B520.

 

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