Dell Inspiron 23 (2350) Review

Dell Inspiron 2350 23-inch All-In-One PC
Inspiron 23 (2350). ©Dell

Dell continues to produce its Inspiron lineup of all-in-one touchscreen systems but they do not feature the reclining screen design of the Inspiron 23 2350. If you are looking for a new all-in-one desktop PC, be sure to check out the Best All-In-One PCs for more up to date options.

The Bottom Line

Jan 23 2014 - Dell's Inspiron 23 goes for a much slimmer profile and a highly adjustable touchscreen that make it much easier to use with your finger than your standard upright touchscreen.

This design does have its limits though as it does offer less performance than many of its competitors and the screen suffers a bit of shake when touched frequently. Those using it for media watching will also want to invest in external speakers as the internal ones are quite soft. One big advantage Dell has over its competitors though is less installed software applications for a cleaner overall installation of Windows.

Pros

  • Very Small and Compact System For Screen Size
  • Highly Adjustable Display
  • Limited Amount of Installed Software

Cons

  • Performance Below Others Due to Mobile Processor
  • Screen Has Some Shake When Using Touchscreen
  • Audio Is Very Soft

Description

  • Intel Core i3-4000M Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 6GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 1TB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 23" WUXGA (1920x1080) Multitouch Display With Intel HD 4600 Graphics
  • Intel HDA Audio With Stereo Speakers
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Four USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, HDMI (in), HDMI (out), 8-in-1 Card Reader, 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
  • 22.4" x 16.5" x 9.5"
  • Windows 8

Review - Dell Inspiron 23

Jan 13 2014 - Dell's latest all-in-one systems undergo a pretty major redesign from the past Inspiron One 23. Much of this has to do with the ability of the display to fold back down flat to make it easier to use with the touchscreen.

To do this, the display needed to be thinner and the stand has extra hinges. As a result, the computer components moved from the display into the flat base of the stand. This has some big implications on what can be installed in the system.

With such a limited space for the processor, Dell needed to use mobile processors with their lower cooling requirements than desktop processors. For their entry level Inspiron 23, this is the Intel Core i3-4000M dual-core processor. Now unlike a few other all-in-ones, this is a standard laptop processor rather than a low voltage one similar to ultrabooks. This means it gives it a bit more performance than a Core i5-4200U but it still falls short of what a desktop class processor will achieve. Now for many people, this is sufficient as they use their computer mainly for web browsing, media watching, and productivity. The processor is matched up with 6GB of DDR3 memory which provides a smooth enough experience with Windows8 but it would have been nice to see it use 8GB which is becoming much more the standard for a desktop system at this price point.

Storage is mixed for the Dell Inspiron 23. Like many other desktop-class systems, it features a one terabyte hard drive that provides a good deal of space for applications, data and media files.

The one downside here is that the drive uses the 5400rpm spin rate which helps with power and heat but means that the performance in booting up the system and loading applications is less than systems that use the more traditional 7200rpm class drives. If you do need additional storage space, there are four USB 3.0 ports for high-speed external storage. Be warned that Dell for some reason decided that the ports should be colored black like the two USB 2.0 ports which mean that distinguishing between the high speed and lower speed USB ports is difficult unless you know the USB-SS labeled ports are for USB 3.0.

Like Apple, Dell has decided to remove optical drives from this system which means you will need an external drive if you want to playback or record to CD or DVD media.

As previously mentioned, the display does not house any of the computer components in it and is on a special stand hinge to allow it to be adjusted to many different angles including flat even if it is raised several inches off the desk when it that position. This lets the display panel be extremely thin compared to most all-in-ones. The one downside here is that it does have a bit less mass which means that in certain positions, heavy touch use will cause the screen to bounce a bit more than some other style of stands. The 23-inch display itself offers a typical 1920x1080 display resolution with good color and viewing angles. The graphics are handled by the Intel HD Graphics 4600 that are built into the Core i3 chip which is fine unless you are planning to do a lot of 3D work or PC gaming. At least the system does provide nice acceleration for media encoding with Quick Sync compatible applications.

One nice aspect of most of Dell's new computers is the lack of ​much preinstalled software. Most companies tend to install a lot of promotion software to try and entire users. The downside is that these applications can quickly clutter up the desktop or the start screen for Windows8 not to mention take up storage pace on the system and impact performance. Dell keeps this software to a minimum which is a refreshing change.

The starting price for the Dell Inspiron 23 is $999.99 which is typical of many 23-inch touchscreen based systems. At this price point, the primary competition comes from the HP ENVY Recline 23 and the Samsung ATIV One 7. HP's system offers a very flexible screen stand but it features a wider stand and larger base. The result is the ability to have a few ports on the screen and a faster quad-core desktop processor with a dedicated graphics processor. The price for it is $100 more, though. The Samsung ATIV One 7 is also slightly more expensive and also features a desktop class processor. The big difference here is that it does not recline back further but makes up for this with a DVD burner built into the system.

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