"Nice Unit but....."on by ScotNM
Pros Size, Price
Cons Noise Level
Summary I was swayed by the photos in the Dell catalog. Really like the design. Setting up and configuring the machine was simple; the USB wireless that I purchased took about a minute to set up. Only real work was taking all the “extras” that Dell loads on the system off.
Two draw backs, one minor, one significant and one bone to pick. The bone: The machine was not wrapped in plastic for shipping and I had to open and clean the dust out of the system before using. Minor draw back: The sliding drive cover is extremely flimsy and difficult to close. Major draw back: The noise level. I took the CNET review to heart expecting to be able to run the machine on the desktop next to the monitor. This is not a “quiet” machine regardless of the “BTX chassis, which provides a more efficient (read: quiet)” comment in the review.
The unit runs as anticipated and the price, with the free 19” FP upgrade was good.
Pros Small, sleek, look-
Cons Flimsy front panel, noisy at times..
Summary Overall, I'm very happy with this machine. I just got and use it for surfing the web, downloading music and doing some work at home. I manage to do all these things at the same time with no slow down. I did get the 1GB Ram though. Have no problems hooking up all my USB devices. The machine does make a lot of noise though when you insert a cd/dvd into the drive. So much so that I thought my system was broken. I quickly realized it wasn't. Overall I am happy but am dissapointed with the noise level, especially since it is advertised as not being noisy.
Pros Compact design, power
Cons Very noisy, a distraction
Summary When I purchased this computer for work, I expected a powerful machine that could easily handle multiple applications. I also expected, as Dell is expressly advertising, a "quiet" machine taking advantage of the BTX-chasis. The reality is starkly different. This machine is the noise champion, emitting more noise than any ATX-based desktop I have ever used. And, in my case, that goes back many years. Quite simply, the noise is a distraction unless counter-acted with more noise (loud music, fan, etc.) The noise modulates between a low hum, kind of like an airplane at cruising altitude, and a high hum, similar to the pitch of a leaf-blower. And it is constant. Maybe Dell's rush to upgrade its image and sell more "high-end" products compromised design in the XPS-200 model: there are many components stuffed into this small chasis-but the unfortunate result is that a feature that Dell advertises as a benefit, lower noise level, is actually a huge negative. Bottom line: I would only recommend this computer to those who already work in a noisy environment. If you do any work requiring concentration in a quiet environment, the XPS-200 is not for you and you should avoid it.
Pros Love the compact tower, and 19" flat screen, speedy
Cons It IS a bit noisy
Summary I've had my XPS 200 for about 2 months now, and am very happy overall. My old computer had was still OK, but I have a need for speed. I was on a budget, and got a MB of Ram, and upgraded to the digital moniter, as well as a few other upgrades. I am regretting not getting the Media center card, but just checked out buying it seperatly. It's not that expensive, but.... The specs say amoung minimum requirments are a 250 hard drive. I've only got 80. Anyone know if this is so? Couldn't I still use the Media center, if I don't go crazy with the TV stuff? Or would that be a waste of money? It would really cost more money than I want to spend to put in that large a hard drive.
Pros Very compact; nicely designed for space saving on a work station or desktop. It is a most attractive looking unit, along with great color coordination. Dell did an excellent job with this design.
Cons A bit to noisy to have setting right next to your monitor while working and trying to concentrate. I am a little disappointed that Dell couldn't have designed a quieter fan assembly within the BTX .
Summary Overall, I really really like this computer. I loaded mine up with all 4 GB of RAM. Not sure u need to do that, but I wanted to see if it increased performance at all. I can't say yes or no to that. However, I do think in certain applications, it does help things run more efficient.
If u can deal with a little noise and get used to it; this is a great buy and excellent computer for the money. Dell has done a great job packaging this CPU!