Limited expansion room
One thing that is immediately
noticed upon opening up the Dimension 2400 is that it lacks much future
expansion room. Specifically, there is no place to add an extra hard disk,
unless you were to jury-rig one onto the spare 5.25" drive bay. The present
hard disk is locked into a vertical bracket screwed to the side of the case. The
only other expansion space is provided by a single free DDR memory slot
(for modules up to 512MB) and three PCI slots.
No AGP port is available,
meaning that users will have to settle for the built-in Intel Extreme graphics,
which are fine for normal usage, but cannot handle 3D games or multiple monitor
applications. It is possible to buy low-end 3D gaming cards in a PCI format,
though they can be hard to find.
A 19" Dell branded M992
CRT monitor, also cased in black provides the display, and is accompanied
by a pair of nice black Logitech speakers, a plain black keyboard and (wait
for it) a, well..... ok it's gray.... a gray optical mouse. Close enough to
the all-black theme. Anyway, the mouse deserves more comment, since it happens
to be Logitech's excellent MX500 Optical mouse. This is a positive bonus in a
budget PC package. More on this in a moment.