Dell Dimension 4700C for Home - First Take

Whether at home or the office, the Dimension 4700C packs the right mainstream feature set into its slim case.

Home users tight on space or just looking for something other than another bulky desktop will find an attractive all-around package in the space-saving Dell Dimension 4700C. Gamers, graphics gurus, and upgrade-silly enthusiasts will hold their noses aloft, but the 4700C has no such pretensions. You have your choice of Intel's midrange Pentium 4 500 series processors and XP Home, Pro, or Media Center OSs. There's room for only one hard drive inside the narrow case, but your options range from a puny 40GB drive up to a roomy 250GB unit. Your choice of graphics are limited to Intel's integrated GMA900 solution or ATI's budget Radeon X300 SE card. You can bundle a Dell flat-panel LCD with the system, and all carry very attractive prices. (The configuration we reviewed is midpriced for the line at $1,499.) On the whole, this mainstream system offers the right combination of features to handle most standard computing tasks and lets you have a modicum of fun doing it. Moreover, it takes up little desk space in doing so. Who says a PC needs to be exciting to be successful?