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Dell Dimension C521

Dell Dimension C521
alaScore 83

47 reviews

May, 2018

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 reviews of Dell Dimension C521. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People really like the price, whereas reviews are divided on the design.


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Dell Dimension C521 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Richard Baguley (

Dell Dimension C521


The Dell Dimension C521 sacrifices some expansion room to keep its case skinnier than a typical midsize tower PC. Even so, the $729 (as of November 6, 2006) C521 is a good choice if you seek a space-conscious, low-cost system that retains some...

Case mounts horizontally or vertically ; Reasonable performance for the price

Limited internal expansion room

The inexpensive C521 is a solid performer; its compact design makes it a great fit for tight spaces.

Nov, 2006

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (

Dell Dimension C521


Dell's first Athlon-equipped system, the Dimension C521, marks the company's long-awaited passage into the realm of AMD.

Compact form factor. AMD processor. Humongous 320GB hard drive. Desktop components. Single TV tuner. Good USB multimedia keyboard/mouse combo. Quiet, thanks to BTX design and slow-turning fans.

Compact form factor necessitates half-height cards. Slower than Intel Core 2 Duo systems. TV tuner isn't HDTV/ATSC-compatible. Ugly external IR receiver for MCE remote. Short, 90-day security subscription.

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Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Sean Portnoy (

Dell Dimension C521 Review and Ratings


While this svelte PC offers few expansion options, it comes with extra memory and a large monitor.

Slim case ; 2GB RAM ; 20-inch wide-screen LCD

Smallish hard drive ; One-year warranty ; Not much room for expansion

Apr, 2007

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Dell Review


Dell offers a variety of budget desktop PCs, we looked at the Dell Dimension C521, which starts out at less than $400 and includes nVidia and AMD Sempron technologies

If you are looking for a basic system and already have a good monitor, this Dell may be a good choice for you. With this computer you can surf the Internet, check you email, post to your blog and pay bills easily. It would also be perfect for student use.

Expert review by : Jayesh Mansukhani (

Dell Dimension C521 Desktop


Last year, Dell, in a rather surprising announcement and much to the delight of AMD fans indicated that it would be using AMD processors as part of their budget desktop ranges. This was a real shot in the arm for both AMD and the end-user market as it...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : PC Plus (

Dell Dimension C521 review


As expectation moves on, so does Dell

Decent core specification ; Generous hard drive

Limited graphics capability

Should ensure Dell remain the business machine of choice

Mar, 2007

Expert review by : Orestis Bastounis (

PC Plus review: Dell Dimension C521


Dell's business machine gets updated innards with the Dimension C521

Feb, 2007

Expert review by : Jesse Sutton (

Dell Dimension C521


For under $1000 the Dell C521 comes with a 17in LCD screen, keyboard and a mouse, making it a complete package that's ready to go from the moment it's...

Slim design, media card reader, quiet operation

Single hard drive bay, limited expansion options

The Dell C521 is a reasonable performer for the price. On top of the 17in LCD, keyboard and mouse, the inclusion of a media card reader accommodates the growing use of digital cameras with home computers. Test results indicate it will work well for...

Jan, 2007

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Dell Dimension C521


This system marks the end of Dell's Intel-only approach to CPUs with its first-ever use of an AMD processor in a consumer PC. You're only getting an Athlon 64 3800, but it does signal Dell's intention to give the end user more choice

Decent graphics, Near-silent running

Miserly hard drive

Looks, graphics speed and near-silent running mean this is still a capable home budget PC despite its limitations

Mar, 2007

PC&TECH AUTHORITY - Recommended!

Expert review by : Dave Stephenson (

Dell Dimension C521


Dell's first foray into using AMD processors is a modest performer, but fair value.

Feb, 2007

Product Specifications

Dimension C521- Slim PC -AMD AthlonTM 64 X2 Dual-Core 3600+ Memory 512MB Single Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz - 1DIMM Keyboard and Mouse Bundles Dell USB Keyboard Monitor 19" E197FP Flat Panel Display Video Card NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE Integrated Graphics GPU Hard Drive 80GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst CacheTM Floppy Drive and Additional Storage Devices No Floppy Drive Included Operating System Genuine Windows VistaTM Home Basic Mouse Dell USB 2-button mouse Network Interface Integrated 10/100 Ethernet Modem No modem requested for Dell Dimension - will provide upon request Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 6.0 CD or DVD Drive 16X DVD-ROM Drive Sound Card Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio