We wish Dell had been as inspired regarding the Inspiron 620's external connectivity. The system comes with plenty of USB 2.0 jacks, and you get VGA, DVI, and HDMI video outputs on the graphics card, but in keeping with recent trends among sub-$1,000 desktops, you only get 5.1 analog audio jack support, and no USB 3.0, eSATA, FireWire, or other external data connectivity. Dell is not the only desktop vendor guilty of skimping on ports. Recent systems from Acer and Hewlett-Packard all also lack most of the features missing from the Dell. Whether this is due to cost-cutting measures, better marketing data, or some other factor, we can't say. All we know is that it's disheartening to see desktops losing functionality we're accustomed to in this price range.
|Dell Inspiron 620||Average watts per hour|
|Raw (annual kWh)||166.99626|
|Annual power consumption cost (@$0.1135/kWh)||$18.95|
The Inspiron 620's power consumption falls in line with its performance; in other words, it draws more power than other desktops in its price range because it's faster. We suspect the bulk of its added power draw comes from its graphics card, but the overall cost increase should be manageable for most of you.
Dell's service and support compare well with its mainstream competition. You get 24-7 phone support, a yearlong parts-and-labor warranty, a variety of support resources online, and various diagnostic tools on the system itself.
From its blessedly unique color options to its traditional, pure computing-oriented configuration, this Dell Inspiron 620 shines as a mainstream desktop. Its only drawbacks are tough competition from older systems still on the market at lower prices, and a few cut corners that limit its upgradability. Neither of those issues will stop us from recommending this PC to shoppers looking for a well-rounded, general-purpose desktop.
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