Dell Inspiron One 23 review
Superb build, fine design and oodles of connectivity, but the average quality display proves a major disappointment
Review Date: 25 Oct 2012
Reviewed By: Sasha Muller
Price when reviewed: £733 (£880 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
With Windows 8 pushing touch into the spotlight, the market for touchscreen laptops, tablets and all-in-ones is set to skyrocket in the coming months. Dell has mobilised an entire range of new hardware in readiness for Microsoft’s new operating system, and we’ve caught an exclusive first review of its redesigned and rather gorgeous touchscreen all-in-one, the Inspiron One 23.
The first moments with Dell’s latest all-in-one will be spent huffing and puffing after hauling it from its box. The Inspiron One 23 is hardly giant-sized, but the chassis feels incredibly hefty, more so than its 11.6kg weight might suggest. That weight is backed up by a rock-solid build, without a hint of flex or give in the plastic and metal body.
The combination of a crisp, unfussy design, subtle curves and a monochromatic palette of silver, grey and gloss black makes for a stylish, classy all-in-one PC.
Spend a little while with the Dell’s 23in capacitive touchscreen and, initially at least, there’s little to criticise. Flicking in a finger from the screen’s edges to activate the Charms bar or scroll through web pages soon becomes second nature, and the Core i5 CPU makes sure that Windows 8 responds to the slightest flick and stroke of a finger.
There’s no skimping on the more practical aspects, either. The burly stand keeps the Inspiron One 23 planted firmly on the desk, with no hint of wobble, and provides a good degree of forwards and backwards tilt. There’s no means of adjusting the height, but since the stand fixes to the back of the unit by a traditional 100 x 100mm VESA mount, it’s possible to bolt the Inspiron One 23 onto a wall mount for a cleaner look.
In fact, if it weren’t for the tell-tale Windows 8 and Intel stickers adorning the Dell’s front, it would be easy to mistake the Dell for a high-end 23in monitor. The glossy front is dominated by the 23in, 1,920 x 1,080 pixel touchscreen and, handily enough, Dell has equipped the Inspiron One 23 with D-SUB, HDMI and composite video inputs so you can use its display in tandem with other devices.
Examine the chassis more closely, and you’ll see the Inspiron One 23 is simply bursting with connectivity. There’s a D-SUB output for running a secondary display, an aerial input for the integrated DVB-T Freeview TV tuner, two USB 3 ports, two USB 2 ports (one of which is taken up by a USB dongle for the wireless keyboard and mouse), Gigabit Ethernet, optical S/PDIF, and a 3.5mm audio out.
A trio of buttons on the right adjust screen brightness and switch between the various video inputs, while a further two USB ports, an SD card reader and a pair of audio sockets are positioned on the left. There’s also a basic 1-megapixel webcam in the display’s upper bezel, which can be tilted up and down using a wheel on the Dell’s top edge.
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