Dell refreshes Inspiron all-in-one desktops
Dell has an updated Inspiron 2320 all-in-one in time for the holidays
HP has offered up
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.