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Dell Inspiron 530/2583 review

£429 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Dell

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

It’s difficult to position Dell’s Inspiron 530/2583 within our chart. It may have come in fifth place, but it hasn’t really been running the same race.

It’s difficult to position Dell’s Inspiron 530/2583 within our chart. It may have come in fifth place, but there’s a sense in which it hasn’t really been running the same race: it’s the slowest performer for office applications and it’s a non-starter for games, but it also costs £70 less than its rivals.

We don’t all need the ultimate in performance, and the Dell Inspiron 530/2583 comes with by far the most comprehensive software package for getting the novice user up to speed – including getting set up on the internet.

Once you’ve gone through the initial setup, the Dell Inspiron 530/2583 presents you with a desktop festooned with icons and a handy application dock, providing almost Mac-like access to your favourite programs.

The Dell Inspiron 530/2583’s 19in AOC monitor is a tidy-looking but basic display that goes well with the gently curved silver styling of the system case. A useful bank of four USB ports and a pair of audio connectors sit concealed behind a sliding panel on the front of the Inspiron’s case.

However, if you’re more interested in getting the best hardware for your money, you may be a little disappointed with the Dell Inspiron 530/2583.

The 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E4700 is a little faster in terms of core speed than the 2.53GHz model found in the Mesh Pulse 8600 GT, yet the Dell Inspiron 530/2583 is considerably slower in our WorldBench 6 tests. This is due partly to it having only 2GB of RAM compared to the Mesh's 4GB and the fact that it’s of the slower DDR2-667 type. The onboard Intel graphics also fall far short of what you’ll need to play even basic 3D games.

The Dell Inspiron 530/2583’s tiny system case is a great space-saving design, but it’s also very cramped inside and not really designed for upgrading. However, there’s a pair of spare memory slots and space to upgrade the graphics card, should you get bitten by the gaming bug later on.

Budget desktop PCs: chart ranking (Nov 08 issue)

  1. Arbico Elite 8595
  2. Chillblast Javelin
  3. CyberPower Gamer Infinity 850
  4. Mesh Pulse 8600 GT
  5. Dell Inspiron 530/2583

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Dell Inspiron 530/2583 Expert Verdict »
Dell Inspiron 530/2583 Scores 8.6 out of 10 based on 41 reviews
2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E4700
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit
2GB DDR2 RAM
320GB SATA
Dell Inspiron 530 motherboard
8 x USB 2.0
19in AOC N19WB (0.258mm pixel pitch
1,440x900)
integrated Intel GMA X3000 graphics (games scores: Crysis = 0fps
Fear = 4fps)
onboard Realtek ALC888
20x/20x/12x/8x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
Microsoft Works 9.0
one-year in-home warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 97
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Dell Inspiron 530/2583 might be considerably slower than the other systems here, but it costs a whopping £70 less, is perfect for novice users - and there is some room for upgrades later on.

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