Dell Inspiron One 2330 all-in-one PC

Dell’s newest all-in-one PC continues to challenge Apple on design, and beat it on price

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Dell Inspiron One 2330
  • Expert Rating

    3.75 / 5
  • User Rating

    3.00 / 5 (of 3 Reviews)

Pros

  • Solid construction, simple design
  • Good value compared to iMac

Cons

  • No customisation when purchasing
  • No swivel or height adjustment on stand
  • Only premium models have discrete graphics, Blu-ray

Bottom Line

Dell’s entry-level all-in-one PC is good value compared to the Apple iMac. You’re locked into four pre-built setups when buying, though, and features like Blu-ray are restricted to the more expensive models.

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Dell’s all-in-one PC line-up has matured significantly in the last few years. Look at the Studio One 19 from 2009, and compare it to 2012’s XPS One 27, and you’ll see how much has changed.

Dell Inspiron One 2330: Design

Like the XPS One 27, the Dell Inspiron One 2330 has a design that’s very nearly as clean and modern as the Apple iMac that is the benchmark for the all-in-one category.

The 23-inch screen has a moderately-sized satin black bezel, which is thicker at the base to accomodate components and built-in stereo speakers. In the top bezel, there’s a 1.3-megapixel webcam, which can be tilted vertically independently of the Inspiron One 2330’s tilting hinge. The finish on the base is a more matte dark grey with subtle Inspiron branding.

The hinge connects to a simple stand, which does a good job of holding the screen steadily — like the rest of the PC, it’s reassuringly solid. We did notice that there’s no swivel in the monitor hinge, and no height adjustment, which makes the One 2330 less versatile than other all-in-ones or stand-alone computer monitors.

All variants of the Inspiron One 2330 are sold with the same 23-inch, 1920x1080pixel, touch-enabled LCD screen. Touch is a nearly-mandatory part of the new Windows 8 operating system which all units ship with, so it’s good to see touchscreen technology included at no extra price (even though Dell says it’s optional, oddly enough).

As with previous Inspiron and XPS all-in-ones, buttons are distributed along the PC’s left and right side bezels. Power, brightness and a basic on-screen menu can be accessed from the right-hand side, and these should be all you need. Further up on that side is the tray-loading DVD-RW drive (Blu-ray on the top two models). Most useful on the left-hand side are the two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, as well as an SD card slot and headphone/microphone jacks.

Around the back you’ll find four more USB ports, as well as Ethernet, video and audio outputs and inputs. You can connect an external monitor to the One 2330, although the 23-inch Full HD screen provides enough real-estate for the average user.

The bundled keyboard and mouse are standard Dell fare. It’s interesting to see that they use a USB RF dongle to connect to the PC, albeit a miniscule one — this means that you can strike one off the list of the Inspiron One 2330’s six integrated USB ports.

Dell Inspiron One 2330: Performance

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The Dell Inspiron One 2330 we tested, the middle-of-the-range model, had solid every-day performance credentials in the form of an Intel Core i5-3330S CPU clocked at 2.7GHz (3.2GHz after Turbo Boost 2.0), 6GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM (a 2GB and a 4GB stick working together; the system is expandable to a maximum of 16GB), Intel’s CPU-integrated HD 4000 graphics, and a 1TB 7200RPM 3.5-inch hard drive.

These components may not be the fastest available, nor the highest spec for the Inspiron One 2330, but in our testing we found that they were more than fast enough for any Web browsing, word processing, basic non-3D and older 3D gaming, as well as Full HD movie watching and limited photo processing.

We recorded a time of 35 seconds in our four-core Blender 3D rendering test, which tests outright CPU processing power — a promising result compared to the Medion P2010 D and Acer Aspire U Series with which the Inspiron One 2330 competes. An iTunes conversion result of 46 seconds, to convert 53min of music files from WAVE to MP3, is similarly adequate.

Where the Inspiron One 2330 stumbles slightly, in theory at least, is in its integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics and traditional spinning-disk 1TB hard drive. The Intel graphics chipset can handle Full HD video decoding, and most games from 2011 and before, but struggles when pitted against modern performance powerhouses like Far Cry 3 and Dishonored. This is evidenced in a merely-OK score of 5012 in 3DMark 06. The 1TB HDD is spacious and quick enough for a traditional disk, but falls down in instantaneous performance and boot speed when compared against a similar PC with a solid-state drive.

The touchscreen component of the One 2330 functioned exactly as we expected, allowing seamless access to Microsoft’s extensive library of touch-based commands, apps and features within Windows 8. If you want a desktop PC and want to run Windows 8, the always-there-even-if-you-don’t-need-it touchscreen is a useful extra.

All in all, the Inspiron One 2330 has more than enough power to handle every-day computing tasks, as well as a small range of more processor-intensive tasks like photo editing. Unless you’re aiming to play modern video games, it’s an adequate performer.

Dell Inspiron One 2330: Conclusion

The Dell Inspiron One 2330 is an uncomplicated, unpretentious all-in-one PC — it’s got a solid design, adequately powerful components, and features (like touch) that might come in handy in the future. It’s hard to see it as great value when the Medion P2010 D is $700, but it is cheaper than the 21.5-inch iMac many buyers will compare it against.

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craig

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It only has an HD2500 gpu (not HD4000).

Theodor Rieber

2

has the inspiron One 2330, Microsoft Works / Word program in it's System

Sam

3

Just got my Inspiron 2330 with i-3 and 4Gb RAM specs, on special for $989 and touch screen one week ago. This is my first Windows 8 PC but not the first touch screen PC. I have touch screen PC and touch screen laptop (Fujitsu) and often use the touch functionality intuitively over the years. The problem is that most software are not touch based. Apple has changed all this. My impression so far is positive with gesture commands like scroll and zoom, task switching (swipe from left edge) but the Charm bar is not consistent, although pressing the windows key on keyboard brings on the Charm bar. Overall, I am happy with the PC because it feels very solidly built and fast enough for what I do. The downsides are already commented including the lack of swivel and height adjustment stand. I also think the optical drive will last longer than those slot drives used in iMac and HP touchsmart.

torre?

4

can i connect it to a tower?

Liviu Giuroiu

5

How to turn on the webcam for this 2330 Inspiron?

Neill

6

bd rom cannot play bluray movies

Chris

7

How do I connect my Panasonic video camera with a FireWire cable?

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Jay in Texas

4.5

1

Pros
Great size, Super Easy Set Up, Perfectly Adequate for the Average User
Cons
Speakers could be improved a bit for richer sound - but by no means awful.
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I just purchased this system - primarily because my old custom made XP motherboard went out.
MicroCenter had this particular model on sale for $ 499 !
I had done enough shopping around both in person and on the Internet to know this was a good deal.
I was looking at an HP Model, without TouchScreen, and with only 500MB memory vs. 1 TB, for the same price. The ease of set-up was astounding. I literally had this all in one unit out of the box -
turned on and I was online in under 5 minutes. The system automatically identified and accessed my home WiFi Router as well as my WiFi connected HP Printer !
Even setting up my e-mail was simply a matter of putting in my e-mail password -
no entering IMAP or POP3 server information !
For those who are apprehensive about making the move to the new Windows 8 Tiles Interface....
don't be. It's not nearly as difficult as you might think. AND the best part is that you can easily toggle between a more conventional XP/7 Desktop Screen View if you prefer to work that way !
Perfect for home office and personal use. Love it.

Jim Adcock, PhD

0.0

2

Pros
Dell Inspiron 2330 touch screen set up is easy
Cons
Screen has a haze all over it that is Not repairable
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I made the mistake of ordering the touch screen. I have had it for 5 months and am not able to return it as Dell will not accept it as a returned item. The problem has existed from the start and I just thought it was my old age eye sight not the screen or computer. But I kept straining to read things with the white background and finally asked my wife what she thought. She immediately responded that the screen is blurry.
I called dell and they replaced the LCD - no change. They then returned and replaced the mother board that also had the video card on it. The screen was better but still was blurry with a haze and still difficult for me to read.

I was told by a best buy geek that Dell has placed a covering over the touch screen, probably for its protection, and that that covering is why it is blurry, hazy and not crisp and clear like I would expect. Of course Dell techs deny that there is anything on it but I have seen the difference with other monitors both Dell and Sony and Apple. No comparison, the Dell I have is the worst of the worst.
No doubt there is a problem with this screen and I am too old to keep straining to look at a computer screen every day that I need for work. Dell will not exchange it for the non-touch screen so I guess I will have to throw it into the dumpster and go buy one that has a glass screen with no coverings.
To think I have bought and used many Dells over the years but will never do it again cause they will not take care of the problem.

Brian

4.5

3

Pros
Dell 2330 Smooth Setup - new touch interface works well
Cons
Looking forward to older software being aware for the touch experience
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This is my 5 DELL PC purchase and has been the smoothest machine to set up.
The jump to a touch screen when using Windows 8 was a smart choice. I also include both a wireless keyboard and mouse being a long time windows users. I find the tiles interface a great place to casually check email and FB a great experience. The only down side so far is that the Microsoft Office 2010 is desktop centric yet so wish it was a bit more touch aware. But basic functioning is solid with the touch for moving windows around, etc. I bought this unit as it was stated to drive external monitor as I have a recent 24 inch. I am able to connect to it easily with the VGA port only. Note: the HDMI connector is only inbound to the 2330. This was a point I had asked about but got some miss communication before my purchase.

On whole great unit so far, I have had it one week adding device has been smooth even recognizes my older HP printer better that win 7 did. This was a great way to transition from my prior desktop. Final observation spend some time with youtube on the tiles feature of WIN 8 before you purchase. It was easy enough but that upfront made this past week a breeze.

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