The 9200 doesn't produce quite the raw performance you'd expect for £799, largely because only the E6300 version of Intel's all-conquering Core 2 Duo range is included. Nonetheless, the WorldBench 5 processing-speed score was a perfectly respectable 113.

And you get plenty of quality elsewhere to compensate. The Dell's best feature is arguably its flat-panel, a 19in screen that comes with a height-adjustable stand and packs a clean, vivid image. At this price point, many manufacturers tend to skimp on flat-panel quality. The GeForce 7900 GS is a fairly nice graphics card too. It keeps it nose in front of much of the competition at this price level.

The warranty may seem skimpy, but you get the full benefit of Dell's renowned aftersales support for the whole of that time – and warranty upgrades are affordable. We weren't so keen on the spongy keyboard, though (or the fact that it's not wireless), and internally the PC is slightly cramped.

Dell Dimension 9200 PPUK5-D09925r: Specs

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6300
  • Windows XP Home
  • 1GB DDR RAM
  • 2x 160GB hard drive
  • 256MB nVidia GeForce 7900 GS
  • 19in Dell 1907FP flat-panel
  • onboard Sigmatel HD sound
  • Dell A525 speakers
  • 16x/16x/16x/4x/8x/6x/8x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW)
  • flash memory drive
  • Microsoft Works 8.5
  • CyberLink PowerDVD
  • Corel Photo Album SE
  • 1-year collect-and-return warranty
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6300
  • Windows XP Home
  • 1GB DDR RAM
  • 2x 160GB hard drive
  • 256MB nVidia GeForce 7900 GS
  • 19in Dell 1907FP flat-panel
  • onboard Sigmatel HD sound
  • Dell A525 speakers
  • 16x/16x/16x/4x/8x/6x/8x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW)
  • flash memory drive
  • Microsoft Works 8.5
  • CyberLink PowerDVD
  • Corel Photo Album SE
  • 1-year collect-and-return warranty

OUR VERDICT

Performance enthusiasts may be able to get themselves a more powerful PC at this price point, but for all-round quality and reliability, the Dell Dimension 9200 is a very decent buy. The 19in flat-panel is an impressive model, and you can sit back safe in the knowledge that, should you need to, you can always rely on Dell's superb aftersales support.

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