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Dell Inspiron i570-7034PBK review: Dell Inspiron i570-7034PBK

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MSRP: $599.99

The Good Has an HDMI port; organized interior with room for upgrades; Wi-Fi.

The Bad Competition offers similar configuration for less money; generic tower; bland connectivity options.

The Bottom Line The Dell Inspiron i570-7034PBK's mediocre configuration and generic tower are hardly offset by the HDMI port and Wi-Fi card extras you get in the bundle. If you're on a tight budget, we recommend picking up the cheaper, more resourceful HP Pavilion p6510y instead.

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6.1 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 5
  • Performance 6
  • Support 7

Editors' note: This review is part of our 2010 retail laptop and desktop back-to-school roundup, covering specific fixed configurations of popular systems found in retail stores.

We like that Dell includes an HDMI port and Wi-Fi on the Inspiron i570-7034PBK, but we can't recommend this $600 PC when a competing system from Hewlett-Packard offers more features and costs $70 less. Not only does the HP Pavilion p6510y have a wallet-friendly $530 price, but it finished several of our benchmark tests faster than the Dell did. If you're hunting for a budget desktop to perform basic tasks, your needs and your wallet are better served by the HP Pavilion p6510y.

Not surprisingly, Dell uses the same generic case across its entire Inspiron line of budget computers. Dell gave the front of the case a glossy black finish and it has a media card reader that supports Compact Flash, SD, MMC, MemoryStick, and xD cards. You also get audio jacks for your headphones and microphone, as well as two additional USB 2.0 ports--in addition to four more on the back--and an empty drive bay just below the DVD burner.

  Dell Inspiron i570-7034PBK HP Pavilion p6510y
Price $599 $530
CPU 2.8GHz AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz AMD Athlon II X4 630
Memory 6GB 1333MHZ DDR3 SDRAM 4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Graphics 256MB (shared) ATI Radeon HD4200 integrated graphics chip 256MB (shared) ATI RS880 integrated graphics chip
Hard drives 750GB, 7,200rpm 750GB, 7,200rpm
Optical drive dual-layer DVD burner dual-layer DVD burner
Networking 10/100/1,000 Ethernet LAN, 802.11 b/g/n wireless 10/100/1,000 Ethernet LAN, 802.11 b/g/n wireless
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

This comparison chart highlights the similarity between the Dell Inspiron and the HP Pavilion p6510y. Both systems have the same 2.8GHz AMD Athlon II quad-core processor, a similar integrated graphics chip, and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi; however, Dell gives you an additional 2GB of memory for $70 more--we did a quick price check, and a single 2GB stick of DDR3 1,333MHz memory only costs $45 on When you look at the performance charts, you'll see why we're more confident recommending the HP p6510y than the Dell.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell Inspiron i570-7034PBK

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell Inspiron i570-7034PBK

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Dell Inspiron i570-7034PBK

(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Rendering multiple CPUs  
Rendering single CPU  
HP Pavilion p6540y
HP Pavilion p6510y
Dell Inspiron i570-7034PBK
Gateway DX4840-03e
Gateway SX2801-01e

Once again, a comparison of Dell and HP's benchmark scores show congruent results with little deviation between the two computers. Both PCs finished the single application and multitasking tests in about the same time, but the p6510y registered a slightly better score in the multicore Cinebench rendering test. That result could be a testing anomaly, or a result of multiple minor hardware variations between individual components. Regardless, from a performance standpoint you won't see faster results by spending the $70 more for the Dell Inspiron i570-7034PBK.

When two computers have such a similar specifications, the final buying decision comes down to the extras you get in the form of external connections and internal upgradability. In addition to the two USB 2.0 ports on the front, the back of the Dell has four more USB ports, a set of 7.1 audio jacks, Ethernet, and a 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi card installed in one of the two 1x PCI Express slots. The system also has an HDMI port if you decide to use it with an HDTV; however, we don't recommend using a midtower PC in the living room as it's an inelegant solution.

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