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On our performance tests, the Dell lands exactly where I expected, coming in at or near the middle of a pack of similar, but generally more expensive competitors. None of the systems in this chart are suitable for serious, performance-oriented computing, but all of them will do for day-to-day Web browsing, nongaming media consumption, and other standard consumer-level PC tasks. The weak Intel HD Graphics 2500 3D core prevents the Inspiron One 2330 from playing all but the most forgiving games, but it should be able to handle most if not all of the titles you'll find on the Windows 8 App Store.
Dell has built a few other useful features into the Inspiron One 2330. Like the XPS One 27, a small dial on the top of the display lets you adjust the angle of the built-in Webcam. The display also has a set of buttons that lets you cycle through the active video signal via an intuitive onscreen menu.
The only real complaint I have about the system is that it sounds like there's a sock jammed in the speakers. Audio output comes out feeling muffled and underpowered, even after you tweak the various software effects.
Despite various efforts to reinvigorate the PC category, the Dell Inspiron One 2330 provides yet another data point indicating that commodity PCs will continue to make up a healthy portion of the market. There's nothing wrong with this fact. Sometimes all you need is a hammer, and all you ask is that that hammer comes at a reasonable price. This system is that hammer, and Dell has priced it accordingly. Even with Windows 8, this system won't change your computing life. But it will at least meet our basic expectations of a contemporary desktop.
Performance testing conducted by Joseph Kaminski. Find out more about how we test desktop systems.
Apple OS X Mountain Lion 10.8; 2.7GHz Intel Core i5-3330S; 8GB 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 512MB Nvidia GeForce GT 640M graphics card; 1TB 5,400rpm hard drive
Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit); 3GHz Intel Core i5-3330; 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 630M graphics card; 1TB 7,200rpm hard drive
Dell Inspiron One 2330
Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-3330S; 8GB 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 32MB Intel HD Graphics 2500 (embedded); 1TB 7,200rpm hard drive
Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-3630QM; 8GB 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 630M graphics card; 2TB 5,400rpm hard drive
Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-3210M; 6GB 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 32MB Intel HD Graphics 4000 (embedded); 1TB 5,400rpm hard drive