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Dell Inspiron One 23 All in One -- A solid choice
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Dell Inspiron One 23 All in One — A solid choice

Screen Shot 2013-01-11 at 2.58.47 PMThe first thing you will notice when you lift this All in One out if its protective foam shipping armour is that is one solid computer. No corners cut here. A sturdy stand attached to a well built computer..the back is plastic..or it would weigh a lot  more than 25 pounds (11Kg)…it is however high quality polycarbonate with absolutely no flex or creaking. The front is dominated by the 23″ screen, glass covered from edge to edge…a solid package that looks good on my desk.

My test unit is close to the top of the line with a 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5-3330s processor 2.70 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.20 GHz, 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz, 1TB Hard Drive- 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache and an 8X Tray Load CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive). Graphics support is Intel® HD Integrated Graphics so don’t expect to play high performance games on this computer.

Dell Inspiron One 23

The 23″ screen is full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and is the only mild disappointment with this unit. I am used to spectacular monitors from Dell but this one is only average…not quite as bright, not as much contrast or viewing angle as the Dell monitors I am used to. Still, it gets the job done and is perfect for the kinds of use this class of computer will get which is surfing, email, writing and light gaming. My test unit features the optional touch screen which in my opinion is a must have for a Windows 8 computer. You can use the touch screen on the Windows 8 tile interface and the mouse and keyboard work well on the classic windows desktop. At first I found it a bit awkward but in no time I was switching back and forth between the touch screen and the mouse without thinking.

The Inspiron One 23 comes with a solid keyboard with nice keyboard with good travel and a comfortable click and a good sized mouse. Both are wireless and come with a tiny USB receiver that hides away almost unnoticed in one of the many USB Ports.

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This computer is well equipped with connectivity options: on the left side there is mic and headset jacks as well as 2 USB ports and an an 8-in-1 media card reader on the back you will find Composite, HDMI and VGA in Digital Audio out, VGA out Gigabit Ethernet and four more USB ports. Sadly all the USB ports are 2.0..a couple of fast 3.0 ports would have been nice. Wireless is a single band (2.4GHz) 802.11b/g/n…it should have been dual band since now most of us use 2.4GHz for data and 5GHz for streaming video to a TV.

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OriginalJPGThe Dell Inspiron One 23 can be a budget computer starting at $649.99 with a low end Intel G645  processor and no touch screen through $1099.99 for the unit I tested up to a $1299.99 powerhouse with a third gen Intel i7 CPU. Frankly, since a graphics upgrade is not an option I would pass on the i7 and go for with the unit I tested as a good cost/performance choice.

 

Despite the few shortcomings I mentioned, there is a lot to love about this Dell Inspiron One 23 All in One computer. It is an extremely well built device that offers good performance on a pretty good screen… touch optional but, a must have in my opinion…with great connectivity that makes a great entertainment centre for the home or college dorm…it certainly wouldn’t be out of place in the office either.

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Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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