Dell In­sp­iron 24 7000 AIO PC

£949 | $1,149.99 www.dell.com A solid all-in-one PC for your home or work­place with some sur­pris­ing plus points

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Dell forged its name (and rep­u­ta­tion) in the world of tra­di­tional desk­top PCs, but with more of us look­ing for more cre­ative ways to work, the US com­pany is now look­ing to of­fer a num­ber of other form fac­tors and op­tions for those look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent.

With the com­pany slip­ping re­cently in terms of global PC sales, Dell is look­ing for the grow­ing all-in-one PC mar­ket to boost its num­bers. The Dell In­sp­iron 24 7000, reiewed here, is the com­pany’s at­tempt to chal­lenge the likes of the Mi­crosoft Sur­face Stu­dio and Ap­ple’s pre­mium iMacs in the grow­ing all-in-one PC mar­ket, which com­bines ev­ery­thing you’d want in a PC into a sin­gle model.

De­sign

Make no mis­take, the In­sp­iron 24 7000 is strik­ing. The 23.8-inch Full HD dis­play catches the eye from the minute you open the box, of­fer­ing a true widescreen experience – although there are some se­ri­ously large bezels present.

The PC is also su­per thin, at just 27mm across, and thanks to its mov­able hinge, the dis­play can be tilted to a num­ber of an­gles, right down to ly­ing flat on its back.

This flex­i­bil­ity means that the dis­play isn’t able to rise up too high, mean­ing you might need to in­vest in a separate screen stand un­less you want to get a cricked neck.

All the main com­po­nents are con­tained within the base of the dis­play, which packs in the de­vice’s hard­ware, as well as a sur­pris­ingly pow­er­ful speaker. With its metal and black plas­tic de­sign, it’s hardly the most at­trac­tive unit, but the an­gle of the screen means that you won’t re­ally no­tice it when the ma­chine is in use.

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions

The base model, on test here, of­fers a de­cent set of spec­i­fi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing a quad-core In­tel Core i5-6300HQ (Sky­lake) pro­ces­sor with 6MB cache, in­te­grated In­tel HD graph­ics and 12GB of 2133MHz DDR4 RAM. Other good­ies in­clude a 1TB 5400rpm hard drive, plus 80211ac Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth 4.0 wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity.

As far as wired con­nec­tions go, the Dell In­sp­iron 24 7000 has you cov­ered, com­ing equipped with four USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, plus Eth­er­net and HDMI, as well as a mem­ory card reader.

In­side, there’s Win­dows 10 Home, mean­ing that all your favourite Mi­crosoft Of­fice pro­grams are present and cor­rect, mak­ing it ideal for home and of­fice work­ing.

These specs put the In­sp­iron 24 7000 a lit­tle be­hind the low­est­priced iMac of­fer­ings, although the equiv­a­lent Ap­ple de­vice – the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K dis­play – will set you back £1,749, far more than the £949 ($1,149.99) that Dell asks for its all-in-one PC.

As for Mi­crosoft’s Sur­face Stu­dio, the equiv­a­lent model – equipped with sim­i­lar hard­ware to the Dell – costs $2,999 (around £2,326 – it’s cur­rently not avail­able in the UK) mean­ing that if you’re strapped for cash, Dell’s de­vice could be ev­ery­thing you’re look­ing for.

In use

The In­sp­iron 24 7000 of­fers fairly de­cent power, given its price range, and was able to take on some of its more pow­er­ful com­peti­tors, outscor­ing the Mi­crosoft Sur­face Stu­dio in our Geek­Bench tests. Here, the Dell scored 3,809 on the sin­gle core test; 10,649 on the Multi Core test and a de­cent 16,588 on the Com­pute OpenCL test.

The Dell all-in-one also out­per­forms the 2016 ver­sion of the equiv­a­lent-sized Ap­ple iMac, which scored lower on Nov­abench’s tests, with the In­sp­iron 24 7000 com­ing in 70 per cent faster thanks to its in­te­grated In­tel HD GPU (NB: Ap­ple re­leased up­dated ver­sions of the iMac as we went to press).

The ver­sion we used came with an In­tel Core i5-6300HQ pro­ces­sor, but the de­vice is also avail­able with a more pow­er­ful In­tel Core i7.

This boosted ver­sion also comes with em­bed­ded Nvidia graph­ics, in­stead of In­tel hard­ware, 16GB of RAM, plus a 32GB SSD as well as HDD stor­age. You’ll have to pay more for the priv­i­lege of course, with the higher specced model cost­ing £1,099 in the UK; or be­tween $1,399 or $1,567.99 in the US, depend­ing on con­fig­u­ra­tion.

Over­all, though, the stan­dard edi­tion is more than enough to han­dle the vast ma­jor­ity of

“Given its at­trac­tive de­sign, it’s a re­lief to find the In­sp­iron 24 7000 is easy to set up and use”

ev­ery­day work tasks, and also means the PC boots quickly, with that 12GB of RAM do­ing won­ders for speed and per­for­mance.

Given its at­trac­tive de­sign, it’s a re­lief to also know that the In­sp­iron 24 7000 is easy to set up and use – just un­pack the PC out of the box and plug it in to get started.

Dell is ob­vi­ously tar­get­ing the cre­ative in­dus­tries, with the flex­i­ble dis­play use­ful if you work in me­dia or graphic de­sign, how­ever this is by no means a por­ta­ble de­vice, with the unit weigh­ing 9.46kg.

The su­per-wide screen is also ideal for those who need mul­ti­ple win­dows or pro­grams open at the same time, al­low­ing for a much less crowded dis­play that lets you stay on top of ev­ery­thing.

Over­all, the In­sp­iron 24 7000 is an at­trac­tive propo­si­tion if you need a Win­dows-pow­ered all-in-one.

Sum­mary

With its 24-inch dis­play, the Dell In­sp­iron 24 7000 is a valu­able ad­di­tion to any home or of­fice, pro­vided you have the room for it.

Although it lacks the high street appeal of Mi­crosoft’s Sur­face Stu­dio, or the so­phis­ti­ca­tion and build qual­ity of Ap­ple’s iMac, for the price on of­fer, the Dell In­sp­iron 24 7000 is a good all-rounder.

Fea­tur­ing a great blend of value, power and us­abil­ity, Dell has made solid progress with its all-in-one PCs. Now it’s time for the com­pany to take this idea for­ward, and make the next gen­er­a­tion even bet­ter.

The Dell In­sp­iron 24 7000 of­fers both flex­i­ble de­sign and solid hard­ware. A good bud­get buy.

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