Who said a 19-inch, all-in-one desktop PC has to cost more than £500? Dell has just announced a fully touchscreen Windows 7 iMac alternative that costs less than half a grand, and while it might not pack the power of its competitors, it's got more than enough for day to day use.
The Dell Inspiron One 19 is, if we're honest, a budget option. But for daily Web browsing, photo viewing, email sending and Facebooking, we have no reason to criticise its entry-level specifications. And its 19-inch touchscreen allows for some finger-friendly navigation you don't get on many higher-end machines.
There are two models on offer: one at £479, one at £529. Both prices include VAT and delivery. The cheaper model runs on a 2.2GHz Intel Celeron CPU, with 3GB of DDR2 RAM, a 320GB hard drive, integrated Intel graphics and a DVD-RW.
The better model ups the CPU to a faster, more capable, dual-core 2.6GHz Intel Pentium chip, 4GB of DDR2 RAM and 500GB of hard disk storage. Both run Windows 7 Home Premium, but unfortunately offer no configuration options for adding a larger hard drive, better graphics or a more powerful CPU.
Both systems include a pile of USB sockets, an integrated card reader, FireWire, separate audio input and output sockets, Ethernet and VGA connectivity. One omission is an HDMI output, which appears to have been left off the menu.
So if you're looking to play HD movies, or fancy Blu-ray playback and 3D gaming, this isn't the machine for you. But if you're looking to get an affordable, basic computer, or perhaps even a multimedia setup for use in the kitchen, we can't deny this is a well-priced choice.
It's on sale now at Dell's Web site, and we have an extra photo over the page.
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