Dell Inspiron 2310 review

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We’ve seen a slew of innovative all-in-one systems arrive in the Labs recently, with the HP TouchSmart 610’s tilting chassis, the Sony VAIO L21’s gesture control and the Asus ET2400XVT’s 3D technology all drawing admiring glances, but Dell’s latest system is more interested in impressing with quality throughout rather than gimmicks.

Dell Inspiron 2310 review

It’s obviously not the most extravagant system we’ve seen, then, but its matte grey finish and black screen bezel look classier than most, and subtle touches such as the metallic feet and black speaker grille ensure that it won’t look out of place the most stylish of living rooms. We’re pleased to report that build quality is strong throughout, too.

The 23in screen also excels. Its colours look slightly oversaturated compared to the cool Sony, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially compared to the Asus, which is even more oversaturated. Bright whites and rich colours throughout ensure pictures are vivid without looking unpleasant.

The touchscreen is accurate and responsive, and Dell’s software offering is useful. Instead of a screen-swallowing front end like the ones offered by Sony or HP, there’s a range of media apps in a dock at the bottom of the screen. This works well, with preview windows and the ability to add your own shortcuts.

Dell Inspiron 2310

The specification ticks all the right boxes, too, although it doesn’t excel in any one area. The 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-450M in the model we reviewed scored 0.57 in our benchmarks, but Dell is replacing this with an i5-460M, so you can expect slightly improved performance. It’s unlikely to beat the Sony, though, which used a mobile Sandy Bridge part to score 0.74.

The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 graphics lack the power to challenge the best all-in-ones, scoring 43fps in our Low quality Crysis test, but the Dell handles HD video and content streaming without problems. It’s a shame it’s not matched with good speakers – they’re marred by weak bass and a muddy mid-range, with the Sony once again proving more accomplished.

The rest of the Dell is better, with 6GB of RAM, a Blu-ray reader and 1TB hard disk that uses the faster SATA 6Gbit/sec standard, plus a TV tuner, card reader and good selection of ports. That’s on a par with the hardware offered by Sony and inside HP’s TouchSmart 610.

Aside from the poor speakers, the Dell does little wrong, almost matching the Sony for screen quality and providing enough punch elsewhere. The VAIO and TouchSmart are still our favourites but, if those are too expensive, this is a solid alternative.


Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,000GB
RAM capacity 6.00GB
Screen size 24.0in


CPU family Intel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency 2.40GHz


Conventional PCI slots free 0
Conventional PCI slots total 0
PCI-E x16 slots free 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 0
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots free 0
PCI-E x1 slots total 0
Internal SATA connectors 2
Internal SAS connectors 0
Internal PATA connectors 0
Internal floppy connectors 0
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec


Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 3
Memory sockets total 0

Graphics card

Graphics card ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Low
Graphics chipset ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
Graphics card RAM 1.00GB
DVI-I outputs 0
HDMI outputs 1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
DisplayPort outputs 0
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Western Digital Caviar Black
Capacity 1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity 931GB
Internal disk interface SATA/600
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Cache size 64MB
Hard disk 2 make and model N/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speed N/A
Hard disk 2 cache size N/A
Hard disk 3 make and model N/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 4 make and model N/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacity N/A


Optical drive LG CT10N
Optical disc technology Blu-ray reader/DVD writer combo
Optical disk 2 make and model N/A
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A


Resolution screen horizontal 1,920
Resolution screen vertical 1,080
Resolution 1920 x 1080
DVI inputs 0
HDMI inputs 0
VGA inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 0

Additional Peripherals

Speaker type 2 x 4W
Peripherals Media Centre remote control


Case format All-in-one
Dimensions 567 x 165 x 420mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 6
PS/2 mouse port no
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 3

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel memory card reader yes

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard Dell wireless keyboard and mouse

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7
Recovery method Recovery partiion

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 85W
Peak power consumption 102W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 43fps
3D performance setting Low
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.57
Responsiveness score 0.62
Media score 0.62
Multitasking score 0.46

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