Dell Inspiron One 2305 (IO2305-3114MSL) ($849.99 list), available at Best Buy, is an all-in-one touchscreen desktop PC with a large 23-inch widescreen display. It has a 1080p HD display, wireless everything, decent design, and an attractive sub $900 price
. However, it’s a little sluggish on most functions, particularly the multimedia tasks like photo and video work that would look great on such a large screen. Maybe with a little more power and a more features, the Inspiron One could be a contender, but not this configuration.
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The Inspiron One 2305 looks like most other all-in-one PCs—basically it looks like a widescreen monitor. It takes after the HP TouchSmart 600 series and Gateway One ZX series, using two posts on the front and a spring-loaded arm in the back to position the screen. The system is slightly raised so you can slide the wireless keyboard under the system for out-of-the-way storage. The lack of under-chassis storage is one of the drawbacks of designs like the Lenovo IdeaCentre B305 ($949 list, 3.5 stars) and B500 ($1,399 direct, 4 stars). One odd design quirk is that the tray-loading DVD burner is on the left side of the panel. Most other all-in-one PCs have the optical drive on the right side.
The bright 23-inch screen has a 1,920 by 1,080 resolution, so it can display full 1080p HD content. 1080p movie trailers from YouTube played smoothly and loaded quickly over the 802.11n network we have in PC Labs. Unfortunately, the IO2305 doesn’t include a Blu-ray drive or TV tuner, so online videos are the limit of your HD entertainment. The 750GB (7,200rpm) hard drive will supply you with plenty of space to accumulate a healthy library of videos.
- Multimedia, All-in-one, Touchscreen All-In-One
- Processor Family
- AMD Athlon II X2
- 4 GB
- Storage Capacity (as Tested)
- 750 GB
- Graphics Card
- ATI Radeon HD 4270
- Primary Optical Drive
- Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW
- Operating System
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium