this Dell Inspiron 3000 USFF i3050-2999BLK review, we’re going to take a look at a new desktop from Dell that is targeted at the light users. This desktop is priced so cheap that anyone could get their hands on it (just above $200).
If you are looking for a simple, compact computer that can help you with your everyday tasks, then read this review and find out if this Dell product worth your time and hard-earned money. Let’s do this.
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This is a compact desktop. The form factor is small and you can take this along with you anywhere. Think of it as the MacMini of Dell. ASUS has tried something similar and had some success with it. It is now Dell’s turn and they have started on the right foot.
The desktop is very clean. There is a power button in the front. There are a couple of USB ports in the back and an SD card reader in the left side. The ventilation can be found at the bottom. With dimensions of 5.16 x 5.16 x 2.07 inches, it weighs just around 1.3 pounds which is very light for a desktop.
Overall, it is a good design but the number of ports can be less for the people of this age.
Dell Inspiron 3000 USFF i3050-2999BLK Specs
There is no monitor associated with this desktop. You’ll have to get that separately.
The desktop, on the other hand, is powered by an Intel Celeron J1800 processor that clocks at 2.41GHz. With the help of turbo boost, you can get clock speeds up to 2.58GHz. This is an entry-level processor that is suited for simple tasks like checking email, browsing the web, casual games and other day to day activities.
There are only 2 gigs of DDR3 RAM that comes with the Dell Inspiron 3000 USFF i3050-2999BLK desktop. This is a minimum RAM you need these days. People might even question if it is possible to run a PC with this kind of RAM. The answer is you can.
Though your multitasking abilities are greatly limited by this RAM, you can do your everyday tasks without any problem. You can run a couple of programs side by side without any issues. But if you open more than a few windows, then you should see some lag in the performance.
If you want, you can upgrade the memory to 4GB which is a lot better and offers you more options to play with.
There is no traditional hard drive here. There is a 32GB flash drive which is fast. It can cold boot the operating system very fast and it can open and close apps faster than before. But the fact there are only 32GB for storage is a little depressing.
They could have included some more space in the form of a SATA drive. The only way to expand the memory here is by using an external hard drive which isn’t that costly to get.
The operating system is Windows 8.1. You can upgrade to Windows 10 once it releases. The desktop specs do meet the minimum requirements for the new OS so you don’t have to worry about that.
Intel HD graphics card is the GPU here. This integrated graphics card is good for casual gaming and nothing more. Graphics rendering is pretty decent and you can run even two monitors with this GPU.
There is no optical drive, thanks to the super compact design. There is a single USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 port which should be good enough for your data transferring needs. There is also a media card reader which can come in very handy.
Dell Inspiron 3000 USFF i3050-2999BLK Review: Verdict
This new desktop from Dell is very cheap. But it comes with a lot of compromises. The specs it boasts are the bare minimums in most cases and will only help in everyday tasks like browsing, checking emails, social media, streaming videos, etc. If those are you needs, then this is the cheapest option for you.