Dell Inspiron I530S-114B Video
Dell Inspiron I530S-114B Video Transcript
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>> Hi, I'm Rich Brown, Senior Editor for CNET.com. Today we're gonna take a look at the Dell Inspiron 530s. So, this is a fixed configuration model of the system that will only show up on store shelves and we're not really that thrilled about it. As you can see it is a slim tower PC, but it's a little bit bigger than some of your average systems in that category and so it makes it a little bit clunky. You could put this in the living room, but you might not want to just because it's so kind of tall and takes up maybe a little more space than it needs to. On the front panel you can see it's actually pretty spare. There's a DVD drive hidden behind that door and here there's actually space for a media card reader but there isn't one of this model. So, it's kind of drawback it. So, come over the back of the system and you can see again there's really not a whole lot going on. The only video output is standard VGA, so there's no DVI, no HDMI, so it really kind of limits your options for the tab displays as you connect the system to and the only peripheral input is USB. There's no digital audio, there's no FireWire, no eSATA. It's really, you know a pretty spare configuration. Now, inside the case it's really not that remarkable. You have this cross piece here that kind of gets in the way. We can take that right off though. Removing that you can see there's a basic expansion. You have PCI express which is great for high-fi graphics they can improve the performance a little bit if you want. You got four memory sticks -- that's great you know you have the slots to upgrade if you want to, but that also mean do you have to throw the current ones away. There's 4-gigs in the system that should be enough to handle most common tasks. The hard drive bay is a little bit irritating though 'cause as you can see there's room for another one, but it's a way behind this one in front. So, you better take this one out and put the new one and it's kind of cumbersome. Overall we're not in love with this system. It's budget priced. I mean you don't have to spend a lot for it, but at the same time you can get better features for a similar price from other vendors. So, I'm Rich Brown and this is the Dell Inspiron 530s. ^M00:01:51 [ Music ]
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