Dell launches business desktop with Sandy Bridge

By Matthew ยท 12 replies
Jan 12, 2011
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  1. Dell has launched a new desktop for small and medium businesses looking to adopt Intel's new Sandy Bridge platform. Despite its starting price of $599, the lowest-specced Vostro 460 Mini Tower packs the new 3.1GHz Core i5-2400, which e-tails for $195 alone. Another $110 or $210 gets you an upgraded 3.3GHz i5-2500 or 3.4GHz i7-2600.

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  2. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    I like how their chassis is starting to look like common components instead of odd-shaped power supplies and 2 DIMM slot motherboards. It gives a tech-savvy owner some breathing room for the future. But it's a real shame that it only comes with 1 GB of RAM. That's pretty crippling for most computer users under Windows 7.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    Yeah, in order to make that a viable PC - even with Sandy Bridge - you're going to have to invest a few hundred bucks in upgrades.
  4. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Nobody is going to buy it with 1 GB RAM. Just include 4 and charge $699.

    If I was a small business looking to get a bunch of these, and right off the bat I found out that the I need to add bunch x $100 to the final cost, I'd be annoyed.
  5. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,333   +101

    I don't know what businesses buy, but I think it makes plenty of sense to offer the system with 1GB of RAM. I've run a diluted version of Windows 7 with a gig of RAM and it's fine for basic use. Plus, I imagine some businesses might want to save cash by bulk ordering RAM elsewhere and have it installed by in-house IT staff.
  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    My imaginary business was far less successful than you imagined Matthew, I only have 5 imaginary employees, and no IT department.
  7. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,333   +101

    You do realize the system can be ordered with 2GB ($35), 4GB ($95), 8GB ($260), or 16GB ($500) of RAM, right? Having 1GB as the baseline option offers more flexibility. Not sure what you guys are griping about, really.
  8. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    Yeah true, but in this day and age, speaking realistically even for someone in an office environment, a good 2 GB is needed. I work in an office and mostly use the web and I easily hit over 1 GB of RAM. Include the OLD and inefficient programs that I sometimes have to use and you can add a an extra 512 MB or RAM to that. I'd figure that DELL would offer that thing with 2 GB of RAM by default. In fact, the Dell Vostro 200's we order, I THINK might come with 2 by default.

    Then again, I'm sure DELL has their reasons and knows better than I do.
  9. jimmyfal

    jimmyfal TS Rookie

    I wish all these reviews would include the experience index #'s. That is actually a REALLY good way to compare all these pc's.

    As for Dell, they are the Apple of the PC world. Always more expensive and never that much better.
  10. peperonikiller

    peperonikiller TS Member Posts: 75

    Working for an IT company I know that even HP's basic towers we order for customers only come with 1Gb of ram. We have to order upgrade kits to get them more ram if they need it. In most cases they just use Office and Outlook so the 1Gb is just fine. I find this to be a bit too powerful of a PC for the normal business so if any place does order one of these then they should expect to be buying more ram. The upgrade price for ram is reasonable anyway. I don't see what the big deal is here
  11. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    I agree with Matthew - flexibility is the way to go.
  12. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 308

    1GB is not good for today's computers...nothing should come with less than 2GB unless it's running XP. If you run Windows 7 ..2GB is the Min. Can you run with less sure...But with the price of another GB costing them less than $10 I'm sure....why even sell a restricted system?
  13. As a comparison, i work for a large company (top 150 in the Fortune 500) and I checked our laptop configs page. Our old school (which people still have, but isn't given out anymore) Dell D620 comes with 2gb of RAM and a dual core 667 Mhz processor. That's for Win XP. These aren't computers for software developing, they're for outlook, office, and PDF viewing. Basic office stuff. (All new laptops for basic office tasks, but are setup for Win 7 and have 3 GB of RAM)

    If you're getting a new, fancy Sandy Bridge processor you're probably expecting your computer to be able to perform at a respectable level. Especially a desktop. With how cheap RAM is I think Dell probably makes a good margin on this guaranteed upgrade. This sorta thing is why I got into building computers.

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