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Dell brings its biggest design gaffe to sleeker budget AIOs

The optional webcam for its latest Inspiron 24 5000 and Inspiron 27 7000 is at the bottom. But the budget gaming desktop looks interesting.

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Webcam

The webcam is optional, but it's at the bottom of the display, a pretty unusable spot.

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Connections

The placement of the USB and HDMI connectors -- it's the same on the 27 as the 24 -- has some tradeoffs: It makes it possible to feed the cables through the stand for a tidier look, but it's a somewhat hard-to-reach location if you connect and disconnect a lot. There's a USB charging port, headphone jack and SD card slot on the side, and it can compensate if you only use one USB connector regularly.

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More connections

HDMI, USB Type-A and a USB-C are on the other side of the stand, where they face the same location trade-offs.

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White is the new black for PCs

I'm not crazy about the two-tone white and black (I like black and white generally, but don't think it works here), which is an option for the 24-inch.

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Inspiron 24 5000

Dell Inspiron 24 5000 Series (Model 5475) All-in-One non-touch desktop computer, codename Ultron, shown with KM636 wireless keyboard and mouse.

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Inspiron 24 5000

Inspiron 5000 Series, 24? AIO, Non-Touch, also shown with the KM717 (codename Terra)

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Touch and tilt options

Unlike the 27-inch model, the 24-inch one has a touchscreen option and a fold-down stand like the XPS 27.

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Inspiron 24 5000 tilted and touched

Inspiron 5000 Series, 24? AIO, Touch, also shown with the KM636 (codename Persian)

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Inspiron 24 5000

Dell Inspiron 24 5000 Series (Model 5475) All-in-One Touch desktop computer, codename Ultra.

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Inspiron 24 5000

Inspiron 5000 Series, 24? AIO, Non-Touch, also shown with the KM717 (codename Terra)

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Inspiron 27 7000

The 27-inch is more attractive than previous Inspiron AIO designs, and it has room for a subwoofer to boost its stereo sound system.

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Inspiron 27 7000

Inspiron 7000 Series, 27” AIO, Non-Touch, also shown with the KM636 (codename Persian) or KM717 (codename Terra). This information is available in the filename.

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Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop

Dell also owns Alienware, a hardcore gaming-hardware brand, and this more budget-focused desktop looks game-y without being as flashy as Alienware gear.

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Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop

For a budget game desktop it's reasonably expandable; current power supply options only go up to 400 watts, but the Radeon cards have been designed to draw a lot less power. Up to 850 watts will be available later this year.

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Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop

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Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop

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Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop

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Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop

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Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop

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Dell Inspiron 24 5000

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Dell Inspiron 24 5000

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Dell Inspiron 24 5000

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Dell Inspiron 27 7000

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Dell Inspiron 27 7000

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Dell Inspiron 27 7000

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Dell Inspiron 27 7000

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Dell Inspiron 27 7000

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