Dell Dimension 2400 System Review
took some time to take a look at one of Dell's latest PC offerings, the
home/small business targeted Dell Dimension 2400 PC system. As this computer
package is one of the cheapest full systems (including monitor and operating
system) available right now, we were curious to see what kind of value and
performance Dell offers its customers for the Dimension 2400's minimal price. Dell
currently offers the Dimension 2400 for
$499 CDN and up. Our package clocked in at around $600 CDN with a 19-inch monitor.
We examined this budget system
inside and out, and ran it through a full spectrum of benchmarks and subjective
tests before we were satisfied. But were we satisfied? Read on...
The Dimension 2400 is a budget
home/office system based on Intel's i845GV chipset, and houses a Celeron 2.4Ghz processor
(in the model we tested) or a Pentium 4 up to 2.8 GHz. Depending on the
processor, the system uses either 266MHz or 333MHz DDR memory, up to 1GB worth.
Graphics and sound are provided by Intel's 'Extreme' integrated graphics chipset and Soundmax
integrated audio respectively. Nothing to write home about
here, but adequate for the PC's intended role as an office machine.
A 40GB hard disk provides storage, and a 48X CD-ROM drive is present for
software and music. No floppy drive was included in the system we reviewed, though
a slot for one is built into the custom Dell case.
The system and peripherals
come with a one-year warranty, including next-day on site service, and the Intel
Celeron processor carries an independent three-year warranty.
||Dell Dimension 2400 PC
Manual, recovery discs, bundled software, plug, phone
cable, microphone, speaker, keyboard, mouse, and 19"
| Detailed Spec Sheet:|
Intel Celeron 2.4 GHz processor, 400Mhz FSB (100MHzx4)
||Intel 845GV chipset|
Integrated Intel Extreme
Integrated Soundmax Sound
256MB PC-2700 DDR memory (one module)
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
||Seagate Barracuda 40GB ATA/100
7200RPM hard drive|
||Hitachi 48X CD-ROM drive|
||19" Dell brand M992 monitor (max 1600x1200 @ 75Hz, .24 Dot
Logitech MX500 optical scroll mouse
Lansing 2 speaker system
Dell PS/2 keyboard
Besides the PC itself, the
Dimension 2400 bundle includes a 19-inch Dell branded monitor, optical mouse
(the excellent Logitech MX500 model) a plain black keyboard, two Altec
Lansing satellite speakers and a small microphone. All the necessary cables and
cords were included, as was a rather nice mouse pad.
operating system, the PC comes with Windows XP Home installed, and on a set
of recovery CD-ROMs. Obviously, Windows XP Pro's additional security features would be a preference
for office environments, and it is available from Dell for a few
hundred dollars more. WordPerfect Office Suite 11, which includes the Word
Processor as well as Quattro Pro and a few other productivity apps, provides
basic office functionality to get you started. The software is not
pre-installed, which is convenient if you would prefer to use Microsoft Office
2003. A copy of Microsoft's Money 2004 is also included with the
of pre-installed software on the Dimension 2400's is
sparse, as you might expect, and includes MacAfee Virushield and a trial version
of Jasc's Paintshop Pro 8, which provides Photoshop-like functionality.
Musicmatch Jukebox provides MP3 playback and recording. QuickTime and Real
Media's RealOne player are also installed for video playback.