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A handsome design and a collection of less common audio-video ports give this otherwise unremarkable PC some identity. A comparatively low $1,199 price tag puts the Inspiron One 2330 on the most accessible tier of 23-inch touch-screen all-in-ones. For those with light-duty performance needs interested in a basic Windows 8 desktop, the Dell fits the bill well enough, and with some potentially useful connectivity options.
The design of Dell's all-in-one systems is consistent across its XPS and Inspiron lines. It's a polished and beefy aesthetic, like that of a more expensive SUV. You will also notice that Dell has not embraced the push by
And while the Inspiron One 23 looks like a smaller version of the
The Inspiron's touch screen is responsive to 10-point input, but it also feels draggier than the XPS One 27. The feel is not unlike that of the Toshiba LX835, which is to say that the Inspiron 2330 has a serviceable touch screen, but your inputs won't feel as smooth as they do on the average smartphone or tablet.
|Dell Inspiron One 2330||Vizio CA24T-A4||Asus ET2300INTI|
|Display size/resolution||23-inch, 1,920x1,080 touch screen||24-inch, 1,920x1,080 touch screen||23-inch, 1,920x1,080 touch screen|
|CPU||2.5GHz Intel Core i5 3330S||2.5GHz Intel Core i5 3210M||3.0GHz Intel Core i5 3330|
|Memory||8GB 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM||6GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM||8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM|
|Graphics||32MB Intel HD Graphics 2500||32MB Intel HD Graphics 4000||1GB Nvidia GeForce GT630M|
|Hard drives||1TB, 7,200rpm||1TB, 5,400rpm||1TB, 7,200rpm|
|Optical drive||dual-layer DVD burner||None||dual-layer DVD burner|
|Networking||Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless||Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless||Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless|
|Operating system||Windows 8 (64-bit)||Windows 8 (64-bit)||Windows 8 (64-bit)|
A side-by-side comparison with two other Windows PCs in its price range gives the Dell very little to set it apart. It looks like a better deal than the Vizio CA24T-A4, boasting more system memory and a full-speed, 7,200rpm hard drive instead of the Vizio's slower 5,400rpm drive, but the spec sheet offers nothing you'd call unique or remarkable. You can say that the Dell is a fairly priced midrange Windows 8 all-in-one, but that's about it.
Marginally more interesting are the Dell's audio video inputs. It has an HDMI input, expected in any $1,000-plus all-in-one. It also has a pair of old-school VGA jacks, one in, another out (handy for connecting old monitors, or using the Dell as a monitor with an older PC), as well as a full set of composite audio and video inputs, and separate digital audio outputs, one 3.5mm, the other an optical S/PDIF output. This is an uncommonly broad array of connectivity options for a PC in this price range, and it gives the Inspiron One 2330 some great flexibility in terms of how it might be used with other devices.
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)