Dell Inspiron 580s desktop PC
Dell Inspiron 580s review: This Dell computer can easily handle word processing and Web browsing
- Good CPU and RAM for a basic machine, stylish and compact design
- Mediocre graphics card and hard drive speed, limited scope for upgrades
The Dell Inspiron 580s is a good desktop PC for anyone after a simple computer for basic home use. It's not suitable if you want to play 3D games or store a large amount of multimedia content, but it should handle other home computing tasks with ease.
Price$ 999.00 (AUD)
The Dell Inspiron 580s is a mid-range multipurpose desktop PC that's in direct competition with Apple's low-end Apple Mac Mini computer. The Inspiron 580s has the same price tag as the Mac Mini and comparable specifications. It's larger than the Mini, but it is bundled with a 20in LCD monitor for no extra cost. It runs Windows 7 Home Premium and is designed to be used for basic home computing tasks like Web browsing, word processing and viewing photos.
Check out more Dell PC reviews.
Dell Inspiron 580s: Design, connectivity and included software
Dell's Inspiron 580s is the top model in the Inspiron desktop PC line, and has better specifications than the Inspiron 560s. If you want a more powerful Dell computer you'll need to take a look at the Dell Studio XPS 8100 desktop PC or a similar model. The Inspiron 580s is a slimline version of the Inspiron 580 desktop tower PC, and can be set up either on its base or on its side. During our testing we opted to use it on its side with a 22in Dell UltraSharp U2211H LCD monitor on top; this didn't have any obvious adverse effects on cooling. The Dell Inspiron 580s ships with a 20in Dell IN2020M LCD monitor.
The slimline case of the Dell Inspiron 580s looks very similar to the HP Pro 3130 business PC we had it set up next to, with a glossy black front. The power button is joined by two USB 2.0 ports and headphone/microphone jacks.
On the back of the Dell Inspiron 580s desktop PC, there's not that much to see. Four USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 5.1 channel audio, DVI video and HDMI ports make for a standard connectivity setup. We would have liked to see more USB 2.0 ports to allow a wider range of devices like printers and portable storage devices to be connected simultaneously.
The 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium is preinstalled. Also installed is McAfee Security Centre with 15 months' support, Dell's Support Centre support software, Dell Remote Access and the Dell DataSafe Online remote storage and backup suite.
Dell Inspiron 580s: Specifications and performance
Despite having only a low-end Intel Core i3 processor (the Intel Core i3-550 clocked at 3.2GHz), the Dell Inspiron 580s has sufficient power to handle all basic home computing tasks with relative ease. Its 4GB of DDR3 RAM is enough to keep Windows 7 running happily with multiple programs open simultaneously. Our test unit recorded a result of 39sec when converting 53min of WAV files into 192Kbps MP3s — not especially fast, but not long enough to be tiresome.
We weren't as impressed with the 500GB, 5400rpm hard drive used by our test unit. You can opt for a 750GB drive, but this is only available with the premium model, which costs $200 more. The 500GB version, depending on your needs, might not be big enough to store a large multimedia collection. Given the low price of 1TB hard drives we would have liked to see one as an option.
The NVIDIA GeForce G310 512MB graphics card was also underwhelming. While it supports all Windows 7's visual features and was fine for desktop and 2D use, it struggled when we tried running intensive 3D games like Crysis on it. 3DMark06 returned a benchmark of 2154, which beats older competitors but can't compete with more powerful machines.
|Apple Mac Mini||$999||N/A||46|
|Dell Inspiron 545s||$1199||1780||N/A|
|Apple iMac 27in||$1599||N/A||33s|
When looking inside the Dell Inspiron 580s's case we found there was little room for upgrades — you won't be able to install a second hard drive, and it's a fiddly process to remove the system's RAM. If you think you'll want to upgrade your PC regularly, we'd steer clear of the Inspiron 580s.
Dell Inspiron 580s: Environmental policy and conclusion
Dell maintains an environmental policy on its Web site. It runs a range of programs to reduce its environmental impact including its Plant a Tree for Me option that allows customers to elect whether an additional fee is deducted to cover the cost of planting a tree when purchasing.
The Dell Inspiron 580s is a perfectly capable mid-range desktop computer. It won't be suitable for strenuous computing tasks like 3D work, but for the average home user it is a solid performer.
Become a fan of PC World Australia on Facebook
Follow PC World Australia on Twitter: @PCWorldAu
Stay up to date with the latest news, reviews and features. Sign up to PC World’s newsletters
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 HTC U11 phone: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Gigabyte Aero 15 corporate gaming laptop review
- 3 Huawei P10 smartphone review
- 4 Huawei P10 Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- 5 Motorola Moto G5 smartphone review
Latest News Articles
- HP Omen laptops include a first: Nvidia Max-Q graphics technology
- HP's Omen X Compact Desktop can morph into a backpack VR PC
- HP's Omen Accelerator can give your laptop some guts
- HP reboots Omen desktop with more of what gamers love
- Samsung to detail new Tizen OS for smart home appliances, IoT devices
PCW Evaluation Team
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
- MSI GL62M 7RDX gaming laptop review
- Alcatel A3 XL phone: Full, in-depth review
- Sony X9300E 2017 TV: Full, in-depth review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTICT Support OfficerNSW
- FTSenior Policy OfficerOther
- FTDevOps LeadNSW
- FTDevOps ConsultantOther
- FTSenior Application Support SpecialistQLD
- FTSenior React DeveloperNSW
- FTFull Stack DeveloperQLD
- CCSystems Specialist - Linux / Windows / Network l Port MacquarieNSW
- TPSenior Business AnalystQLD
- FTSenior Business Analyst - Siebel - Canberra / MelbourneOther
- CCBusiness Process Specialist - TelcoVIC
- FTDesktop EngineerOther
- TPSenior UX SpecialistVIC
- FTSenior Developer (C# .NET SharePoint)Other
- TPSenior .NET AWS DeveloperNSW
- FTMicrosoft Azure Cloud EngineerOther
- FTApplication Tester & Quality Assurance AnalystOther
- CCMultiple Front End Developers - BRISBANE | React.js | Angular.js | Node.js |VIC
- CCMultiple Front End Developers - BRISBANE | React.js | Angular.js | Node.js |WA
- FTProject Implementation ManagerOther
- FTICT System TrainersACT
- FTMobile Studio LeadOther
- FTSoftware EngineerOther
- FTAndroid Developer - PermanentWA
- FTSAP ETL DeveloperOther