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      21.05.2011 19:57
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      A very capable, reliable machine

      I purchased this computer in 2008. At that time I was a computing student and up until then I had a Packard Bell Diamond which ran Windows XP Home Edition. Being a computing student I had a great need for a computer which had the ability to perform tasks quickly and also be capable of running numerous programs at the same time.

      After looking at reviews for this product I decided to purchase it. I loved the look of it due to its slim design and nice silver appearance. The operating system was Vista Home Premium.

      Setting it up was very straightforward. When I switched the computer on for the first time I was a bit surprised by the loudness of the fan. However, thankfully it only lasted a few seconds then went very quiet and remains this way during use. However it can get a bit noisy again when disks are inserted, just really the initial loading off them or when burning something to disk.

      The difference I saw with this compared to my previous computer was immense. The speed in which it performed was fantastic. Also the amount of space on this machine was phenomenal. At 320GB, this was a huge difference to me considering my old PC had just 35GB.

      There are 2 USB ports on the front of this computer. These are very useful and something I use frequently either for my mobile or USB flash drive. I think these are well positioned on this machine and are easily accessible. The card reader is great on this and again something I use a lot for transferring photos from my digital camera. Having the card reader is so much easier than having to connect my camera with a USB lead. The reader is neatly out of sight behind a little silver door that just has to be pushed at the top right corner to open and the same to close.

      I did notice what I would call a design flaw with the DVD drive button. It's not a problem to open it, this works very well. However, once opened it's very difficult to reach the button again to close it due to the tray being in the way. Although it's possible to just give the draw a gently push to close it, this is probably a bad idea as it could cause damage if pushed to hard or pushed at an angle. I found a solution to this though. I downloaded a sidebar gadget from the Microsoft gadget gallery which both opens and closes the tray with just a click of the mouse. This has been incredibly useful. You can find this here - http://gallery.live.com/results.aspx?bt=1&q=cd%20tray%20open.

      There have been times where I've tried to use disks and they wouldn't run. It was like the machine just did not recognise a disk had been put in. However, I fixed this after going on to the Dell Support site and finding that a BIOS update was needed. After doing this, disks worked fine.

      When the computer is in sleep mode, the blue power light flashes constantly. This could be a bit distracting for some people depending on where it's situated in the home. I did notice it at times out the corner of my eye when I was watching TV but I've now moved it across the other side of the living room so it's no longer a problem.

      I upgraded the operating system on this computer to Windows 7 Home Premium in 2009. This runs incredibly well.

      This has been an excellent computer so far and I hope it last many more years. I have recommended this product to others and a family member also bought it almost a year after I did. They too have been very pleased with it. I would've given this product 5 starts had it not been for the flawed design of the DVD Drive button. That's the only problem I've had with this computer.

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      15.03.2011 09:33

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      Good, but getting a little dated by todays standards.

      By todays standards, the inspiron 530s is a bit dated however, back when I bought it a few years ago, it had a reasonable spec for the money. The processor has been powerful enough to handle most games and applications I've thrown at it without too many problems. For the casual gamer and person after a basic system, this has plenty to offer. The PCI Express graphics card has 256mb memory, which, whilst it does struggle with some of the newer games, such as GTAIV, most seem to run ok with very little or no lag. The design of the tower is great, it is fairly slim so it takes up a lot less space than a regular sized pc. I've got mine on the floor beside a desk, but it is also possible to lay the system flat if desired. Whilst yes, it does have some limitations if you are looking for something to handle cpu intensive applications, but it is still a great little unit. If your looking into picking one of these up, they'll be fairly cheap now and you wont be disappointed.

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      06.08.2010 09:21
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      SDpwnage reviews his PC desktop, give it a look ^-^

      I bought this trusty dell back in 08 after our old computer was rendered useless after all the viruses and strains on the system. We went down to PC World to pick it up and i was left the duty of installing it, I was not too happy... But surprisingly with a bit of help from my uncle i was able to assemble the table and setup everything on the desktop.

      When we intially bought this, we thought it would only be used for surfing the web and typing the odd sentence into word. I was wrong. I play Counterstrike on my Dell and even the odd game of Call Of Duty, yes i have to downsize the graphics to be able to process faster, but at the same time a Dell is able to play Next Gen games.

      We plug in; Card readers, USB storage devices, Mp3 players, Phones, Camera, Multimedia speakers. So its about everything a Teen like me needs for social networking.

      Im not someone who goes around comparing specifications and what can do what, I judge by seeing what it can do for me and what is new and interesting. This came with windows vista and it did take a while to getting used to but it really is a change for the good. You can see all windows at once and select one to view and other really awesome additions to the update from XP to Vista.

      Overall this Dell is outstanding, i think for anyone that gets a PC you need to think about what it can do for you more than the price. I say this from experience as we bought a Acer before this, what was expensive but to be honest too hard for your average websurfer.

      I give it (5)*****out of (5)*****stars

      This was an SDpwnage review, I hope you enjoyed it...............PEACE

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      10.09.2009 01:03

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      If it's on the floor under your desk you may not hear it .. but mine's on the desk and it distracts!

      I bought 10 of these from the Dell Outlet, and sold them on to various clients - both home and business users.

      The specification back then (early 2008) was a Core 2 Duo CPU running at 2.2Ghz, and they came with 1GB of RAM and a 250GB Hard Disk. I immediately added an extra 1GB of RAM and it made a world of difference.

      I ended up keeping on for my self, for running the business from, and it's been fine.

      This is a slimline machine, so bear that in mind if you're a gamer and want to improve on the (adequate) onboard graphics. I've looked around for a half-decent, HALF-HEIGHT graphics card and ended up butchering a full height but quite small card. Doing that has freed up some of the RAM that the onboard graphics chip reserves for itself.

      I've run XP Pro on it, which obviously worked perfectly - very nippy and no speed issues. I then put Vista Ultimate on it, and even with the basic onboard graphics it was great and all the Vista "Aero" features worked really smoothly.

      More recently I've installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and that runs even better than Vista. I've upgraded mine to 4GB and I'm running 2 hard drives.

      Out of the box, it came with the power lead, the OS restore disk, a driver disk, and a couple of other software CD's and a manual. The keyboard and mouse are particularly nice - the keyboard being very compacy overall (although with full sized keys if you see what I mean!)

      Getting into the case to upgrade the RAM and add-on cards is easy - a couple of screws at the back, slide the lid off and remove the central support / strengthening bar if required.

      One thing I'm not so keen on is the noise levels from this PC. The BIOS is fine (I know there were some issues with the fan staying on full speed permanently - this isn't that issue!). Admittedly, my office is quite warm, but this PC does seem to run fairly hot. I put the air-con on full-blast one day and it did make a difference but not much.

      I have the PC on my desk, laid flat (not stood up as the usual mini-tower would be). The PC is designed to sit either way up but I wonder if the fan outlet being on the side is causing warm air to become trapped. If the PC is stood upright, that outlet is on the top - so the old 'hot air rises' rule applies!!

      Anyway, overall a great PC. The case is white on the main side (or top) panels and silver at the front. A bright blue LED is behind the power button but it looks fine.

      Recommended, but not ideal for hardcore gamers (at least not with the spec mine had when new!)

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      31.05.2009 20:03
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      Reliable and stylish computer for all the family

      I splash the cash last May on this desktop from Dell and I've been impressed with the reliablity since. Don't get me wrong that's not to say nothing has gone wrong but in reality every computer has a glitch sooner or later. My problem was I was unable to turn on the computer, no power, no lights. As it turns out the power supply buggered up on me. A call to Dell with my customer details ready I was put through to there support.

      It's vital you know Dell's support and technical centre is based in India so you'll will be greeted with an Indian support guy. I've never had any problems with this, they are just as professional and knowledgable as the next man, but the only set back is there accent; Which can be difficult to understand and your constantly saying "sorry," "can you say that again" or "pardon." Once talking me through the steps to sove the problem over the phone he then determind the power supply was gone. He then told me my PC would be picked up and taken away on the following Monday. Which they did and it come back good as new 3 days later. I was sorted and it's been working well ever since. My manufacturer's warrenty has ran out now so I hope to god nothing happens now.

      My desktop runs Vista Home Premium which I find such a great operating system despite hearing bad things about it beforehand. The only problem I've encountered with Vista is you need to upgrade your software if it's not compatible. The graphics card isn't the best though so playing games really isn't an option for me as I do enjoy my flight simulators. The processor is an intel dual core processor but it doesn't provide good speed for games. This computer is primarily for office and internet browsing but not so much for games. Your DVDs and music however are not effected they work fine.

      I brought the machine for £450 which I've never regretted. I've had a spare 20 quid so I upgraded to a 3GB memory which helps me out a lot as I open a lot of programmes at the same time. I was playing with the idea to either get a 22 or 19 each widescreen monitor but opted for the 19in. I'm so glad I did as it's a perfect size for me. The 22in would never have fitted inside my computer cabinet plus I can't imagine it's good for your eyes. Stick with the 19in or else it will look like you're sitting in front of a telly.

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      16.01.2009 02:04
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      Great internet PC for school

      Bought this PC for a friend. It is a little hard to use for people who do alot of burning with CD's or DVD's because of the two DVD trays being so close together as well as have to open the door to hook up an external memory stick or camera. But on the other hand it does protect the 6 in 1 adapters from dust. Another good part is the its internal makeup of putting the power supply away from the chip set and CPU, a flaw cheaper computers just can't get away from. Most of these come standard with 2GB of memory to run Vista and this particular machine runs smooth with Vista compaired to all others. Alsofor those who don't expect to add too many periphials this is a great buy. Of course if your a serious video game player then an upgrade to the video card is a must. But if you upgrade everything to play high end video games the internal cache is probably going to make you spend alot of money to get the same effect of a more powerful system. But then again for a basic PC this really does the job for the least money.

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        03.11.2008 13:41
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        powerful efficient PC

        This is one of the best desktop out in the store nowadays. The Dell Inspiron 530s is very stylish, powerful and very efficient. Embedded with the Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.66GHz, 1333MHz FSB) which could really loads programs and some games even faster. The large memory provided by this desktop PC is a Up to 4GB so you will be able to run several programs all at the same time. This desktop PC has also a 320GB4 Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) you will have enough space for your files and some programs to be installed. I recommend this PC to people who wants powerful one.

        For more powerful features, the video card is Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 which will let you display the best possible graphics. This desktop includes the Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio so that you will be more entertained with audio quality.

        You'll definitely gonna love this desktop PC. This PC is really intended for personal use.

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          30.10.2008 16:04
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          good budget machine for everyday use!

          Bought this from Tesco for a cheap price to replace old machine.Nice looking ,slim and quiet.Comes with vista premium which id had some experience with on my hubbys laptop.The novelty of it soon wears out and is no better than xp!The machine is fast enough for everyday use but not for gaming which we dont do anyway!The one thing i dont like about it is the cd drive opening,its fine to open but awkward to get your finger in to close it!Id read about this before buying so cant complain!Plays dvds ok but not something we do much!The keyboard and mouse supplied with it are basic but work ok,i kept my old one though as it was better.Im not that technically minded but it has all the connections i think you would need and is easy to set up,though helps if youve set one up before as no instructions!Worth buying though!

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            26.09.2008 18:52
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            Excellent major purchase for the average person though an avid gamer might look for higher spec

            It finally happened. The time had finally arrived when our trusty seven year old Compaq died and required resurrecting via yet another reformat. Though it worked well, it was woefully our of date, and money allowed it, so we decided to splurge on a shiny new PC for me and pass the dinosaur on to my son. We decided to go with Dell, as the prices looked good, financing was easy and on extremely reasonable terms, and we had heard good things about them for years from friends and family who owned them (including hubby, who snagged a free Dell lappy during the AOL promo). We looked over the various models the Dell web site had to offer, and decided to customise this particular one.

            I love to play games on my PC, so I was not willing to settle for the basic onboard graphics that came as standard, so opted to upgrade that bit to the optional ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT graphics card. With 256 of power, the graphics are clear, sharp, and utterly beautiful. When playing SimCity 4, my old PC ran a bit sluggishly when responding to my scrolling across the landscape, with the graphics slowly filling in from grid squares as I wandered across the vista. No such issues with this here. Clear images, and the buildings and trees flow seamlessly as I glide across my map. Of course, having a good graphics card meant that we needed a worthy monitor to view it on, but while I did not want something flashy, I knew I did not want something tidgy either. So, a compromise was reached and I chose the Dell 20 inch wide screen model. With its non glare screen and easy tilt to adjust stand features, it does the card justice. Its large enough view DVDs comfortably from seating several feet away, showing nice, clear images that make my TV seem as Flintstone vintage as it nearly is, but not so large that my desk looks overcrowded or that it shouts "Look at ME, I'm FLASH!".

            Now, my old PC was not the most memory heavy and I had not managed to fill it up despite filling it full of my writings, downloads, and game files. We decided though that since the family was growing up, and all in it would be using it, that it would be wise to upgrade the memory that was offered as well, preventing unnecessary opening of the case later to add it in ourselves. We added the maximum amount of memory that was offered, and I have to say that what was there quite stunned me. It is, to put it non technically, GI-NORMOUS. Likewise the size of the new hard drive, 640 GB to our previous 80 GB made me stare. I have no idea what we shall do to use up all that space, but hey, previous experience tells me that if it is out there, programmers write to take advantage of it, so we took the bite to save us hassle later.

            The basic version of the 530s comes with Windows Vista Basic. Ha, hubby got fooled by his wallet into not upgrading with his free lappy the first time, and regretted it, paying to upgrade the Vista afterwards. Basic lacks a lot of functionality one takes for granted with Windows, like being able to watch pod casts. This in mind, we elected to get Windows Vista Ultimate, and it is pretty good, though I am still getting the feel of the OS, having been used to XP all this time. The basic 530s also comes with a free trial of McAfee Security centre, and you can upgrade to a paid subscription or opt for Norton. We did neither, and as soon as this baby was set up, removed the MacAfee and installed the Comodo Pro and AVG we have been happy to use for the past several years.They work fine with this version of Vista, just be aware that if you opt for Zone Alarm you must specifically download the Vista version of Zone Alarm though for Vista or you will find the installation aborts. Also, Vista Ultimate is 64 bit ZA is a no go for that version (hence the Comodo Pro, another free, high quality firewall).

            One of the things that I am not entirely complacent with though is the DVD drive. It works great, but I find it a bit niggly installing a DVD or cd rom in sideways. The disc sits looking slightly proud of the indentation it is supposed to sit in, put seems to go in alright without any problems. The sideways installation of the drive is necessary because of the slim line case, which is so overall sleek and petite that I can overlook this foible and no doubt will become quite used to it. It runs quietly though, and the optical drive has had no issues reading older DVDs that are lightly scratched. The other drive is the 19 in 1 media card reader, with no other open bays, so you cannot easily place a second DVD drive in. This is no big deal though as the old PC has two DVD drives, so one can easily be pulled out and placed in an external case for those rare occasions when we have need of it. It is not that big a deal, and quite honestly, looking back I can count on three fingers the last time I required two drives at once.

            The Dell keyboard and mouse we opted for are the wired ordinary sort. You can upgrade to various others, including wireless optical gaming type, but I have a personal pet peeve with the wireless gadgets going kaput on me in mid use and running about finding who put the batteries where after they last got the pack out.We do use rechargeables, but can anyone remember to put things back in the drawer I have allocated for the charger, the uncharged, and the container for recharged ones ready to go...NO. I have to hold my hand up and confess I am also one of those guilty parties.

            Now, this PC does not have a TV tuner card and not wishing to put one in, and only using this for the occasional DVD viewing, it was decided to go with the basic Dell A225 speakers. I have to give them kudos here as I was a trifle worried about making that choice. In the past, basic speakers have either been tinny or just fine. Luckily, Dell went for quality and these little speakers produce quality sound.It's not surround sound, or HD sound but it has utter clarity and doesn't squeal, squelch, hiss, crackle, or pop. The lack of buzzing is much appreciated, I can tell you! The speakers did not let down the 7.1 channel high def sound card as far as my untrained ear could tell, so I can only imagine what the upgraded entertainment centre speakers would provide.

            If ordering this from Dell so that you can customise it; the option is there to have a modem, no modem, a router, or a wireless network card. Already having a wireless network set up via a modem router, we opted for the internal PCI wireless network card. This came ready to go, and after following the super easy instructions plugging the few wires between the monitor, PC tower case with colour coded ports to match the plugs that went into them, the power outlets, was ready to go with just the little antenna needing to be screwed onto the rear. Switching on the PC, it booted up ready to use, and informed me a network was available to connect to. Giving it the network pass code to log on to our home network, all that was then necessary was the installation of our Internet provider's software and the printer drivers for our pre-existing printer.Well, that and uninstalling the MacAffee trail and dl the replacements. Other software included Microsoft Works 9.0, though you can opt to upgrade to MS Office. I did not wish to do this as Open Office works just as well, is free, and compatible with existing Office documents. Dell considerately included discs for all the software and drivers that are installed, with the Vista product key in an unobtrusive sticker on the top rear of the tower, should we ever have to reformat. Hopefully that will not be for quite some time.


            The PC runs quietly and shows a quick response to requested commands thanks to the Intel dual processor inside (Intel core 2 Duo E8400 to be precise). It's slim profile and the lack of bulk with the flat panel monitor means my desk not only looks less crowded, but I have more actual space. That's really nice, as my desk is a vintage 1950's oak desk, so having more of it to look at adds to the pleasure. Adding to the unobtrusiveness of the tech is the two drive doors, which conceal the DVD drive and the 19 in 1 media thingmabob. Stylishly silver faced with glossy white sides, black mouse, keyboard, and black with silver monitor, stand, and speakers means it matches the rest of my desktop gear, those being the current "in" colours seemingly for office ware. My stapler, Skype phone and Canon all in one printer therefore match, giving a harmonious overall effect that pleases without dominating the room it is placed in.

            You can pick up the bog standard of one of these from Tesco and other places who have bulk purchased for reselling, but to take advantages of the upgrade options and whatnot, you have to order directly from Dell. This doesn't mean you pay more. In fact, this PC was £70 off, and spec for spec, was better value that other models we saw elsewhere, Dell or not.When purchasing, you can request financing and get an instant answer, or pay in full just as you would with Tesco. Dell famously build their PCs one order at a time, and despite ordering on a Sunday evening, come the Friday morning my PC was not only built, but delivered to my front door.Each step of the way I was able to track the status of my order, so I knew the moment a worker began putting the PC together, to when it was packed, then placed on a lorry, arrived at the distribution centre, and picked up by the courier, who then rang me to arrange for delivery.he entire process was as simple as could be, from ordering, to set up, to use. My seven year old finds it simple to use and navigate as I do, so I am sure this is going to be one item that was well worth the investment. For the upgraded specs we put in, expect to pay about £719.99 including VAT and delivery. That may sound like a lot, but really it is amazing how much cheaper electronics have gotten in price, as seven years ago we grabbed a great deal on our PC, and it's price tag was double that. Good value, and high quality.

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              06.09.2008 14:18
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              If you need something for work, this is for you

              The slim case is pretty nice.and it takes up less space on a desk than some mahcines . Runs fine , right out of the box . And although some may say 'Vista is just M$'s bid for fortune' they'd be wrong and feel ashamed after whizzing around on this. However there are some possible issues with this computer as with all Dells ...

              DVDs are almost impossible to watch because the loudness of the DVD Optical Drive can out scream any sound system, alot of 'free' software expires - pity dell only give trials, and thus I recommend scrapping most of the softwate on this machine.


              This is a good PC for the money, especially for every day home use. (Internet, music, office applications, and so on). However this machine probably wouldnt last long against others for the latest and future game releases - which is why I soon sold mine.

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                23.06.2008 12:14
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                a great little machine

                The new Dell slim is a lovely looking unit - I was looking for a small quiet PC for the bedroom and this one fitted the bill nicely. And it is quiet, virtually silent on times and even when running flat out the noise is minimal.

                The operating system was Windows Vista Premium and although the system I bought came with onboard graphics it had no problem with the flashy aero interface. I was also able to install Vista service pack 1 straight from Microsoft with no problem at all.

                To sum up then it is a perfectly capable machine for most uses though some of the more intensive games could do with a stand alone graphic card to soup things up even more.

                The main point is the slim tower which is a brilliant design with all of the drive bays hidden away behind silver doors. The side panels are a glossy white and the machine really does look great.

                I, for one, am totally satisfied with my machine.

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