Dell Inspiron One 2320

We can't say that touch on the desktop has ever appealed to us — but as a simple all-in-one, the Inspiron One does just fine.

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Craig was sucked into the endless vortex of tech at an early age, only to be spat back out babbling things like "phase-locked-loop crystal oscillators!". Mostly this receives a pat on the head from the listener, followed closely by a question about what laptop they should buy.

A refresh of the Inspiron 2300 series, we now have Sandy Bridge inside Dell's all-in-one touch PC. Propped up by a clear perspex stand it does little to stand out from other all-in-one PCs.

At 23 inches and with a resolution of 1920x1080, it's also rather thick at 68mm. It's rather surprising then to see the huge external power brick that comes with it — we would have thought externalising the power supply would have dropped the thickness significantly.

The big JBL sticker on the front hints that it may come with better sound than the norm, but sadly it's an unfulfilled promise; the speakers here aren't great, merely hitting the passable mark. Trebles in particular are too high, with cymbals sounding oddly compressed.

The touch technology used is infrared, meaning things can get a bit confused if you get more than two fingers in on the action. Sometimes it gets confused with even two, not understanding whether you're trying to rotate an image or resize it.

The included wireless keyboard and mouse are decent enough, but not worthy of writing home about. Vexingly, though, there's no receiver built into the 2320; you'll have to use the included USB receiver, consequently taking up one of the USB ports.

The included Windows Media Center remote, however, is surprisingly good for a bundled peripheral. Our only complaint would be the proximity of the up and down buttons to the OK button — resulting in more than just the occasional mistype.

Ports are plentiful, with our review sample hosting six USB 2.0 ports, an antenna jack, VGA out, gigabit Ethernet, 3.5mm out, SD card reader, microphone and headphone jacks, and a jack for a remote IR receiver.

Dell tells us this is expanded for the final version, which will also get HDMI, VGA and composite in, and S/PDIF out, significantly increasing the utility.

Our review sample was equipped with a 2.5GHz Core i5 2400s, 6GB RAM, a 1TB hard drive, TV tuner and GeForce GT525M. Courtesy of the i5 CPU included it also supports switchable graphics, but given the lack of battery in the unit we fail to see the point of switching back to the much less powerful Intel HD Graphics processor. Disturbingly, we couldn't update the graphics driver using Nvidia's official packages, as the installer claimed that we didn't have a supported card. We're always worried when we get a unit that only accepts custom vendor drivers, as vendors are typically quite bad at keeping things updated.

Putting it through our performance tests, 3DMark06 returned a decent 7595, while PCMark05 returned 8022, indicating the latest Inspiron One should be capable of medium detail in fairly recent games, and more than capable of performing office tasks.

We can't say that touch on the desktop has ever appealed to us — but as a simple all-in-one, the Inspiron One does just fine.

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