In the land of far-reaching layoffs, the budget desktop is king

If you find yourself running low on cash but still need a desktop computer for your home or office, the Dell Inspiron "S" series will fit the bill.

If you find yourself running low on cash but still need a desktop computer for your home or office, the Dell Inspiron "S" series will fit the bill. We recently took a close look at the Dell Inspiron I530S-119B, a system that retains the "S" series' slimline chassis and a baseline set of components for a very affordable price tag. For around $500, you get a 2.5GHz Intel Pentium dual processor, a 128MB Intel graphics card integrated with the motherboard, a 500GB hard drive, and 64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium.

We put the Inspiron I530-119B through its paces and found that this little guy packs a serious performance punch, especially in our Photoshop and Cinebench benchmarks that make full use of its speedy processor. In addition, the multitasking and iTunes encoding tests went off without a hitch, and the scores are enough to blow the eMachines ET1161-07--another Best Buy exclusive system--out of the water. Although it's missing extra AV features, like HDMI and a multimedia card reader, that would make the computer useful in a home theater environment, the Dell Inspiron still makes out with a solid configuration at a price that won't split your wallet.

Check out our full review of the Dell Inspiron I530S-119B

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Justin Yu covers headphones and peripherals for CNET. When he's not wading through Web gulch or challenging colleagues to typing tests, you can find him making fun of technology with Jeff Bakalar every afternoon on The 404 show.

 

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