Dell Inspiron 537s-002B review: Dell Inspiron 537s-002B

Juice box
Dell Inspiron 537s Average watts per hour
Off 1.13
Sleep 2.57
Idle 47.13
Load 69.17
Raw annual kWh 181.367
Energy Star compliant Yes
Annual energy cost (@$0.1135/kWh) $20.59

Annual power consumption cost
Dell Inspiron 537s
$20.59 

The Inspiron 537s did lead the pack on our power efficiency tests, and while none of the PCs in this price range are exactly power hogs, they all still use more juice than four of the six all-in-one PCs we power tested earlier this month. It's also worth pointing out that not only is the Gateway the fastest system overall in this price range, but it's also the second most power efficient, coming right behind the Dell. Likely that's because our mainstream load test only hits two cores, so the Gateway benefits from its quad-core chip's relatively low 2.33GHz clock speed.

For support, Dell is on par with the rest of the PC industry, offering one year of parts and labor coverage, 24-7 toll-free phone support, and a variety of support resources on its Web site. You'll also find a Dell icon dock running along the top edge of the Windows screen that connects you to a handful of included programs to help with system maintenance and troubleshooting.

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System configurations:
Asus Essentio CM5570-AP002
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.6GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5300; 6GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 32MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 integrated graphics chip; 640MB 7,200rpm hard drive.

Dell Inspiron 537s-002B
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 32MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 integrated graphics chip; 640GB 7,200rpm hard drive.

Gateway SX2800-01
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 32MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 integrated graphics chip; 640GB 7,200rpm hard drive.

HP Pavilion p6110y
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.6GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5300; 6GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 128MB (shared) Intel GMA 3100 integrated graphics chip; 640MB 7,200rpm hard drive.

HP Pavilion Slimline s5120y
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.7GHz AMD Athlon X2 7750 ; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 128MB Nvidia GeForce 6150SE integrated graphics chip; 500GB 7,200rpm hard drive.

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