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Dell Dimension E521

Dell Dimension E521
alaScore 83

112 reviews

Dec, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 112 reviews of Dell Dimension E521. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Comments about the design and reliability are overall positive. The size and usability are also mentioned favorably.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Dell Dimension E521 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Dell Dimension E521 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers are impressed by the price. The usability is also mentioned favorably.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Dell Dimension E521 AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 3600+ (1.9 GHz), 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM , 250 GB EIDE SATA HD, 16X DVD +/- RW ,Windows Vista Home

Dec, 2015

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (

Dell Dimension E521 (Vista)


The Dell Dimension E521 is a solid, mainstream dual-core Vista machine that's a couple steps up in performance and price from a bargain-basement desktop.

2GB of system memory for a smooth Vista transition.Vista Aero/Premium.Multimedia keyboard.Easy-to-service chassis.Quiet.

No Blu-Ray or HD-DVD.Discrete graphics unsuitable for high-end gaming.Only 30-day security software subscription.

Our first mainstream Vista desktop, the Dell Dimension E521 shows the quintessential entry point for Windows Vista Home Premium.Dual-core CPU, discrete graphics, 2GB of memory and a large, fast hard drive equal a good Vista experience. Anything less,...

Jan, 2007

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (

Dell Dimension E521


Dell's Dimension E521 doesn't set the field afire with its performance or looks. However, at $489 (as of November 6, 2006), including a 17-inch LCD monitor, this system is powerful enough to handle basic computing tasks.

Good feature set for a sub-$500 system ; Includes 17-inch LCD screen

Performance is limited ; Processor does poorly with multitasking

Cheap PC came bundled with a good 17-inch LCD monitor, but its low performance matches its low price.

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: (

Dell Dimension E521


The Dimension E521 comes in Dell's standard mid-tower BTX case, with room for a couple of hard drives, a couple of optical drives, expansion cards, and memory. It's got the standard Dell level of tool-less upgradeability: you don't need to turn a...

2GB of system memory for a smooth Vista transition. Vista Aero/Premium. Multimedia keyboard. Easy-to-service chassis. Quiet

No Blu-Ray or HD-DVD. Discrete graphics unsuitable for high-end gaming. Only 30-day security software subscription

Our first mainstream Vista desktop, the Dell Dimension E521 shows the quintessential entry point for Windows Vista Home Premium. Dual-core CPU, discrete graphics, 2GB of memory and a large, fast hard drive equal a good Vista experience. Anything less,...

Expert review by: staff (

Dell Dimension E521 review


AMD based media PC

Good looks ; Quiet

Average monitor ; Middle-of-the-road graphics

Quiet, stylish all-rounder

Jan, 2007

Expert review by: Rich Brown (

Dell Dimension E521


The E521 is a highly versatile system that can be configured to suit the needs of budget, mid-range and high-end multimedia users.

Fast dual-core AMD CPU lends bang for the buck ; Vista runs with no hitches ; Roomy 320GB hard drive will please digital media archivists

Weak graphics card is fast enough for Vista, but that's about it ; No faster graphics option available

Dell's one year of parts-and-labor coverage of the Dimension E521 is about average for systems in this class. Toll-free phone service is available 24/7, and included onsite repairs improve the outlook. As usual, Dell's Web site is valuable for its FAQs...

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: Rich Brown (

Dell Dimension E521


It doesn't have many bells and whistles, but a powerful dual-core AMD processor lends the Dell Dimension E521 unexpected performance and strong bang for the buck.

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: (

Dell Dimension E521


Dell has recently cast aside its tradition of using Intel processors and built a series of PCs sporting the chips of rival manufacturer AMD. This machine is one of the first AMDbased systems to adopt the BTX form factor.

Good looks, Quiet

Average monitor, Middle-of-the-road graphics

Quiet, stylish all-rounder

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: RedEyeGlasses (

Dell Dimension E521


It sucks

It's cheap and it can run Windows fairly well

It can't run Linux or BSD. There are issues with the sound and the keyboard and mouse stop working after a few minutes of use. I don't think they tested Linux at all before they released this computer

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: Katybel (

Inspiron 570 Minitower - Awesome ”


We upgraded the basic Inspiron 570 Mini tower to include 6GB. This system is fast, has great memory and has the capabilities we were looking for in a long term computer. As a residential - non-office computer we wanted to be able to do a "little"...

Jun, 2011

Consumer review by: cookingmama (

my dell ”


I know that I have had my computer for awhile but it is the there is. It came with everything and also had AOL.In the begining I had some problems with adding certain things and I just called DELL and they were so happy to help me.. everytime I found...

Mar, 2011

Product Specifications

Perform everyday PC tasks with a PC that's far from ordinary. E-mail, Web surfing, documents, spreadsheets, multimedia and more, the Dimension E521 offers a range of options and upgrades and can be built to meet your specific PC needs. Discover your inner shutterbug and film director. Add a digital camera or camcorder and a Dell photo printer to your Dimension E521 and turn your PC into a home photo and movie studio. Capture your life in digital and use the power of your E521 to create albums, edit images or movies, print high-quality photos and share it all with the world. The Dimension E521 can put you in control of all your music. Buy and download new music online, or convert your old CDs to MP3 and put your entire music library at your fingertips.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:20.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):51.1cm
Max Resolution:1600 x 1050
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell Dimension


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter

Optical Storage


OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.6GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:5000+
Type:Athlon 64 X2


Installed Size:2GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Storage Controller (2nd)


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-300

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:320GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon X1300 Pro
Interface Type:PCI Express x16