We mentioned that the Dell features only wired networking, and that's fine, but we wish it had a bit more in the way of external ports. You get the standard complement of analog audio and USB 2.0 ports on the back, but no FireWire, and no eSATA or HDMI jacks. The HP at least has a FireWire input and a DVI video port. The Dell is VGA video output only, so you'll need a DVI-to-VGA adapter if you only have a DVI cable for your monitor.
Expandability inside the Dell is basic, and in line with what we expect in a system in this price class. You get a single PCI Express graphics card slot, a quarter-length PCI Express 1x slot, and two standard PCI inputs, although one is occupied by a 56K modem. All four RAM slots come occupied, but you do have room to add a second internal hard drive.
Like all of its systems, Dell covers the Inspiron I530-120B with a one year parts and labor warranty and 24-7 toll free phone support. This is also on par with the rest of the industry. You can also find help on Dell's Web site, which has system-specific support, driver downloads, FAQs, and other features.
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Dell Inspiron I530-120B
64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E7400; 6GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 128MB (shared) Intel GMA 3100 integrated graphics chip; 750GB 7,200 rpm Seagate hard drive
64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.5GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core CPU E5200; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 128MB (shared) Intel GMA 3100 integrated graphics chip; 500GB Samsung 7,200rpm hard drive
64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium; 1.8GHz AMD Phenom X4 9100e; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 256MB (shared) ATI Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics chip; 640GB 7,200 rpm Western Digital hard drive
HP Pavilion a6700y
64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.8GHz AMD Phenom X4 9150e; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 128MB (shared) Nvidia Geforce 6150SE integrated graphics chip; 500GB Seagate 7,200 rpm hard drive
HP Pavilion a6750y
64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.3GHz AMD Phenom X4 9650; 8GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 256MB (shared) ATI Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics chip; 750GB, 7,200rpm Hitachi hard drive