Dell Inspiron 560s Slim Desktop PC

Dell Inspiron 560s Slim Desktop PC
Inspiron 560s. Dell

Dell has discontinued the production of the old Dell Inspiron 560s system. It has since been replaced by a very similar looking Inspiron Small desktop platform line. If you are looking for a newer compact desktop system, please check out my Best Small Form Factor PCs list for some of the various options I currently recommend.

The Bottom Line

Mar 4 2010 - Dell's Inspiron 560s slime desktop is certainly a very affordable system.

With a price tag under $600 it comes with features such as a dedicated graphics card and an LCD monitor. Buyer's can even select between five different colors for the case. While the price is very affordable, performance is modest thanks to the use of an older Pentium Dual-Core processor and just 2GB of memory. The system also does not feature many new peripheral expansion ports. Still, it is an affordable option for those wanting a basic desktop PC system.

Pros

  • Low Price
  • Available In Multiple Colors
  • Includes LCD Monitor

Cons

  • Small Amount Of Base RAM
  • Lacks FireWire And eSATA Ports
  • Mediocre Performance

Description

  • Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5400 Dual Core Desktop Processor
  • 2GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
  • 320GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • NVIDIA GeForce G310 Graphics Card With 512MB Memory And Dell IN1910N 18.5" LCD Monitor
  • Intel HDA 7.1 Audio
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Six USB 2.0, VGA, DVI, 19-in-1 Card Reader
  • 14.9" x 4.2" x 17"
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, McAfee Security Center

Guide Review - Dell Inspiron 560s Slim Desktop PC

Mar 4 2010 - Dell's Inspiron 560s is really just a partially updated version of their previous slim model Inspiron desktops. It uses the same base case and layout from the past models but upgrades some of the components to try and keep the system competitive.

Unfortunately, Dell really needs to do a bit more upgrading.

Rather than using a new Core i3 budget class processor, Dell has decided to stick with a now dated Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5400 processor. This processor is certainly fine for basic productivity and web work but lacks some of the performance enhancements of the new processor for more intensive applications. The system isn't helped by the fact that Dell has decided to only use 2GB of memory. This is really the new minimum effective memory amount for Windows 7. This forces the system to use more virtual memory that can slow down multitasking.

Storage features are pretty much typical of a small desktop system. The hard drive is a bit smaller at just 320GB of space but there is room for a second internal hard drive should users wish to upgrade it after purchase. The dual-layer DVD burner is also fairly typical of budget desktop systems. One item that is missing is an eSATA port for use with high-speed external storage devices.

Probably one of the better features of the Dell Inspiron 560s is the graphics. Dell offers bundles that include their LCD monitors with the system. In the case of the 560s bundle priced under $600, this includes the 18.5-inch Dell IN1910N that supports a 1600x900 resolution.

Also included is an NVIDIA GeForce G310 graphics card with 512MB of memory. This is a step up from the integrated graphics in more but is still relatively low level. It is very effective at accelerating HD video but only really functional for casual gaming at lower resolutions and detail levels.

Dell continues their color options with their Inspiron desktops which is a nice change from the standard grey, silvers and blacks. Users can select between black, white, blue, red and purple color trims for the case when ordering the system. There is a nominal $20 charge for the none black or white options.

Overall, the Dell Inspiron 560s certainly isn't going to be a small performance class system but it is quite functional for those looking at a basic desktop PC package. With the variety of package deals that Dell offers, it is easy to get a complete PC package for very little money.