The Good HDMI port; plays 1080p Flash content well (but not HD QuickTime video).
The Bad Subpar specs compared with an eMachines system that sells for $60 less (or more).
The Bottom Line The Dell Inspiron i560-2050NBK has little to recommend it other than its semicapable video playback chops. It's not really a bad desktop, but with similar PCs available for significantly less, this Dell just doesn't offer enough value to earn our recommendation.
Dell Inspiron i560-2050NBK
Editors' note: This review is part of our 2010 retail laptop and desktop back-to-school roundup, covering specific fixed configurations of popular systems that can be found in retail stores.
We won't spend too many words on this review since it's a straightforward case. Considering it features lesser specs than a $429 eMachines desktop, we cannot recommend the $489 Dell Inspiron i560-2050NBK.
We don't have anything against the Dell's chassis, but it's not that remarkable, either. Like most midtower PCs, it comes in unobtrusive glossy black. A media card reader and a DVD burner hide behind two doors on the front panel, features you'll also find on the eMachines ET1831-07.