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Dell Inspiron 545/8707 review

Will Stapley
21 Sep 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
499.99
inc VAT

If you're not into gaming, the Inspiron 545/8707's quiet nature may appeal, but there are better deals available.

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Specifications

2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200, 4.000000 RAM, 18.5in 1,366x768 display, Windows Vista Home Premium

The Inspiron 545/8707 has a neat, stylish case with flip-down panels that hide the drive bays.

The front ports, which include a multi-format media card reader, are also tucked away behind a panel. We weren't overly impressed with the build quality, though. Press the power button too hard, for example, and it gets stuck.

Dell has opted for an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200, which at 2.33GHz is a slightly slower version of the 2.66GHz quad-core processor in Arbico's PC. In our 2D benchmarks, the Inspiron 545/8707 fared reasonably well, coming second overall. However, the limited power of Intel's integrated graphics mean it's not suited to gaming or other 3D-intensive tasks, and both Call of Duty 4 and Crysis failed to run. This is disappointing at this price, and we'd expect a dedicated graphics card.

A total of 4GB of RAM is installed, but as Dell has installed the 32-bit version of Vista Home Premium, only 3.5GB can be used.

Dell supplies a relatively small 19in LG W1943SB monitor. Thanks to an evenly lit display and well-saturated colours, it stood up well against the competition, but its small screen means the native resolution is just 1,366x768. It's an analogue-only model, so it has just a VGA input, which matches the PC's sole VGA output.

There's plenty of room inside the case and the fans are extremely quiet. However, the vertically mounted hard disk doesn't make the best use of the space available, leaving just two spare drive bays (a 3?in and a 5?in bay). That said, most users are unlikely to want to upgrade from the 500GB disk and DVD writer that come as standard.

The Dell-branded keyboard is well built, but the keys sit a little too deep. Depending on your typing style, you may find that your thumbs knock the edge of the keyboard when using the bottom row.

It's good to see a fast processor in such a quiet PC, but the reliance on integrated graphics is disappointing at this price. Mesh's Matrix II TT is a much better buy.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Quad Q8200
Processor external bus333MHz (1,333MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplierx7
Processor clock speed2.33GHz
Processor socketLGA775
Level 1 cache4x 64KB
Level 2 cache2x 2,048KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory8GB
MotherboardDell 0N826N
Power consumption standby2W
Power consumption idle47W
Power consumption active83W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports2
Free memory slots0
Free 3.5in drive bays1

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Hitachi Deskstar P7K500 HDP725050GLA360
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)Intel GMA 3100
Graphics/video portsVGA

Sound

SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Sound outputs7.1 line out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsCF, SD, SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo, MicroDrive, Smart Media, xD
Optical drive modelOptiarc AD-7200S
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL DVD-RAM

Display

Viewable size18.5 in
Screen modelLG W1943SB
Native resolution1,366x768
Response time5ms
Screen inputsVGA

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardDell SK-8185
MouseDell Optical Scroll Mouse

Software

Software includedRoxio Creator DE, Microsoft Works 9
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore optionrestore partition

Buying Information

Warrantyone year collect and return
Price£500
Detailswww.pcworld.co.uk

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