Dell Inspiron 23 5000 Touch

Functional Yet Somewhat Boring Looking 23-inch All-In-One

Dell Inspiron 23 5000 (5348)
Dell Inspiron 23 5000 (5348). ┬ęDell
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Dell has discontinued production of the Inspiron 23 series of all-in-one systems in favor of a larger 24-inch model. If you are looking for a new system similar to Dell's Inspiron, be sure to check out my Best All-In-One PCs for some more current options.

The Bottom Line

Oct 31 2014 - Dell new mid-range all-in-one system seems to focus much more on function than style. It moves to a bland all-black design that looks more like a budget system than a mid-range one.

It does offer some good performance but it is held back somewhat by the drive. It is surprising to see so many peripheral ports on it but the placement for the USB 3.0 could have been better. Overall, it is a good mid-range for its features and performance just dull to look at.

Pros

  • Excellent Multi-Touch Display
  • Desktop Processor Outperforms More Expensive Dell All-In-One In Some Tasks
  • Huge Number of USB Ports for All-In-One System

Cons

  • Bland All-Black Design
  • Hard Drive Speed Limits Performance
  • USB 3.0 Ports Only On Side of Display

Description

  • Intel Core i3-4150 Dual Core Desktop Processor
  • 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 1TB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Burner
  • 23" WUXGA (1920x1080) Multitouch Display With Intel HD Graphics 4400 Integrated Graphics
  • Intel HDA Audio with Stereo Speakers
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Two USB 3.0, Five USB 2.0, HDMI (input), HDMI (Output), 720p Webcam, 4-in-1 Card Reader
  • 22.6" x 15.19" x 2.93"
  • Windows 8.1

Review - Dell Inspiron 23 5000 Touch

Oct 13 2014 - Dell's Inspiron 23 5000 is a mid-range design that shares more in common with the entry level Insprion 20 3000 than the 7000 series. This can be seen from its more plain black design that does not feature the folding monitor stand first seen in last years Inspiron 23 and still found in the high end 7000 model.

It would have been nice to at least have the metallic two toen color that most of their monitors offer but they are looking for something a bit more simplistic. It may not be stylish, but it still works.

Powering the Inspiron 23 5000 is an Intel Core i3-4150 dual core desktop processor. While this is a fairly enter level Core i3 processor, it still offers much greater performance than other all-in-one systems that are using mobile class processors including many of the Inspiron 23 7000 models. It should provide more than enough performance for the average family that uses their computer mostly for browsing the web, streaming media and productivity software. The processor is matched up with 8GB of DDR3 memory for a smooth overall experience with Windows even when multitasking.

Storage features for the Inspiron 23 5000 are fairly typical on most desktop systems. It uses a one terabyte hard drive that provides it with a good amount of space for applications, data and media files. The one downside is that the drive spins at a rather sedate 5400rpm rate which is typical of laptops drives rather than desktops. This means that it is a bit slower in terms of booting into Windows or loading applications than many other systems using 7200rpm drives or well behind an SSD or solid state hybrid based system.

If you need for space, there are two USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external storage drives. The only downside is that these ports are on the side of the display which means constant use of an external drive will have the cables visible unless you use the slower USB 2.0 ports on the back. The system does still feature a dual layer DVD burner for those that need to playback or record CD or DVD media.

Now Dell sells the Inspiron 23 5000 with and without touchscreens but most models do have the touch feature. The 23-inch display features a standard 1920x1080 resolution and features good color, brightness and viewing angles.

It features a capacitive touchscreen system which is a step up from many budget class systems that use an optical system. This means it has a glass coating but Dell does a good job with the design at minimizing the glare compared to many other touchscreens on the market. In addition to using the internal display, Dell features both input and output HDMI ports so that you can use a secondary display or hook up a game console or media box to the display. The graphics for the system are handled by the Intel HD Graphics 4400 that are built into the Core i3 processor. This is fine for many users but it does provide limited 3D graphics support such that it can really only be used for casual PC gaming at lower resolution and detail levels. It does provide acceleration for encoding media with Quick Sync compatible applications.

Pricing for the Dell Inspiron 23 5000 starts around $600 for non-touch models but the version for this review lists for around $800. This seems to be a popular price for a mid-tier all-in-one system as Acer, HP and Lenovo all offer comparable systems in this price range. The closest in terms of features and price is the Acer Aspire Z3 615. At $750, it provides the same storage features but with a faster 7200rpm hard drive while opting for less RAM and a fractionally slower processor. Its key advantage is the location of the USB ports. The HP ENVY 23x Beats Edition and Lenovo B50 Touch are both more expensive at around $900 but feature faster Core i5 processors.

Lenovo offers twice as much storage with its 2TB hard drive while the HP offers a solid state hybrid drive.