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Dell Inspiron One 2320 review

This all-in-one touchscreen PC provides real power

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Our Verdict

For

  • Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 2400S
  • Touch-enabled 23-inch 1080p screen
  • 6GB DDR3 1333MHz
  • 1TB HDD
  • Nvidia GeForce GT 525M

Against

  • Awful keyboard and mouse
  • Low-end graphics performance
  • Only two points of touch
  • Slight monitor light-bleed
  • Limited audio and video outputs

We're certainly warming to all-in-one computers, and if they continue to be as good the Dell Inspiron One 2320 we can happily see them taking over all of our desks. Positioning itself between low-end models such as the bargain Advent Discovery MT1804 or the well-balanced MSI Wind Top AE2210, its pricing comes in under high-end models such as the ultra-expensive Apple iMac 27-inch 2011 and the more wallet-friendly Sony Vaio L Series.

The £799 price means a lot, and there's a lower-end Pentium model also available, at an MSI Wind Top AE2210-beating £599.

As with the other PC all-in-ones we've mentioned, the main "new" headline feature - despite the option of the Sandy Bridge Core i5 processor - that the marketing boys are dying to tell us about is the touchscreen. Decades of careful mouse-based interface design down the tube, as it's far more fun stabbing your podgy fingers at a desktop screen.

But what a lovely screen to stab your fingers at. Again Dell hasn't cut corners, with a Full HD 1920 x 1080p 23-inch display, large enough to be happily used to watch TV or enjoy films. Unlike many other models, the Dell Inspiron One 2320 can even be wall-mounted by removing the feet and rear stand.

As a wall-mounted unit the touchscreen would come into its own, as Windows Media Centre is touch-enabled and that in itself takes care of all your media entertainment adeptly enough. For desktop use, a black wireless full keyboard and mouse are supplied. These match the black bevelled styling of the main computer, which uses two minimalistic silver feet to raise up from the desk.