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Extra dimension

Dell adds to its desktop PC range

PC maker Dell launched the Dimension 4550 at the beginning of this week, expected to be the first of three Dimension models to be made available before Christmas. The successor to the Dimension 4500, the 4550 is designed for home and small business users.

As the specification of the Dimension 4550 can be configured to the needs of the individual buyer, pricing varies. However, a basic configuration with a 1.8GHz Pentium 4 processor could cost as little as £650 ex VAT and delivery. Although a top-of-the-range model with the most powerful Pentium 4 — the 2.8GHz — and ATI's Radeon 9700 Pro graphics card would cost a good deal more.

For convenient connection of external devices it comes with six USB 2.0 ports as standard, including two on the front. Using the i845PE chipset and single channel DDR (double data rate) RAM, performance should be swift. There's also a wide range of monitors available to add to the system, including several flat-panels to choose from.

The Dimension 4550 stands out from many other PCs due to its colour and design. Dell has aimed to create a system that wouldn't look out of place in someone's living room and the dark grey casing is undeniably stylish and aesthetically pleasing.

More Dimension models, thought to be successors to the Dimension 2300 and 8200 models, are likely to be released before the end of the year.

Look out for a review of the Dimension 4550 in an upcoming issue of PC Advisor.


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