Dell pushes 'family friendly' low-cost All-in-One Inspiron 20 3000 (hands-on)

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The Inspiron 20 3000 on display at the Dell event at Computex. Nic Healey/CNET

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Dell's newest addition to its All-in-One range looks to compete on price.

The Inspiron 20 3000 starts at just $350 in the US. Sam Burd, Dell's vice president and GM of personal computing talked up its family-friendly price and nature when launching it during a Dell event at Computex.

Designed to be easily portable, the AIO is light and designed so that it can lie completely flat if needed. The 19.5-inch screen is HD and the processor is an Intel Pentium quad-core. A built-in battery pack adds to the overall portability of the PC.

Aesthetically it's a very functional bit of design -- a wide bezel and fairly thick body certainly don't make this a particularly desirable product. The Inspiron 20 was zippier than we expected when browsing through the various Windows 8 screens, but sadly the event was having some Internet connection issues and I wasn't able to do much in the way of browsing or watching videos online. That also meant I didn't really get the full experience of its Waves MaxxAudio speakers and built in sub-woofer.

Certainly, for the US, the price is very good. In Australia, where it will start at AU$799, it may not have quite the "kids room" appeal. UK prices were not announced, but the US price converts to £210, whereas the Australian price works out to £440.

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Dell Inspiron 20 3000

Part Number: CNETDell Inspiron 20 3000

MSRP: $349.99

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