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.