Should you take advantage of the Dell's various AV inputs, you'll find a dedicated input-switching button on the left side of the system, just under a pair of brightness control buttons. A pair of hard volume controls sits on the opposite side of the screen, alongside two USB ports, a pair of analog audio jacks, and an SD Card reader. On the back of the Inspiron One 2305 you'll find both coaxial and optical digital audio ports, a TV tuner input accompanied by an IR blaster jack, four more USB ports, and an Ethernet adapter. It's a little tricky finding the buttons on the side of the system without looking, but if that's the trade-off for the clean out-facing design we'll live with it. You can also use the volume dial on the included wireless keyboard.
Although we said that we like the Dell's relatively understated approach to touch software, we wish it had applied that same thoughtfulness to its Dell DataSafe application. DataSafe started as Dell's superfluous but easy-to-ignore online backup service, but it has apparently morphed into a nagging system-monitoring tool. Unless you turn it off, which involves closing multiple applications in the Task Manager processes window, you'll need to endure nagging pop-ups demanding that you back up your local data and, oh yeah, reminding you that you can also pay extra to upgrade the service. Worse, the pop-ups come with no obvious button to shut them down.
Dell, shame on you. After leading mainstream vendors by offering "bloatware"-free PCs a few years ago, we thought you were one of the few companies that understood how irritating this kind of software can be. We know times are tough, and that you have to look for new revenue where you can find it, but this DataSafe garbage is a step backward.
|Dell Inspiron One 2305|
|Raw (annual kWh)||354.57414|
|Annual operating cost (@$0.1135/kWh)||$40.24|
The Inspiron's high power consumption comes from a confluence of factors. AMD's Phenom II X4 CPUs have shown themselves to be overly power hungry for the amount of performance they provide. Add in the discrete graphics card, and we're not surprised that this PC draws as much power as it does. Expect to pay about $3.50 per month in power bills to operate this computer, a comparatively high number considering its slow speed next to several other all-in-ones in its price range.
Dell's service and support compared well with that of its mainstream competition. You get 24-7 phone support, a yearlong parts-and-labor warranty, a variety of support resources online, and on the system itself via various diagnostic tools.
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