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Dell Dimension E521

Dell Dimension E521
alaScore 83

507 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 507 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and size. The design and usability also get good opinions.

price, usability, design, size, reliability

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.

Review analysis

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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,...

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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.

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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,...

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Dell Dimension E521 500GB

 

For the money, the Dimension E521 certainly delivers.

Good looks, Quiet

Average monitor, Middle-of-the-road graphics

For graphics we have the middle-of-the-road 256MB ATI Radeon X1300 Pro, which is fine for media play back and more than adequate for games. This card gives you VGA, DVI and S-Video connectors. The dual-core Athlon has plenty of horsepower; it's capable...

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Dell Dimension E521 review

 

AMD based media PC

p>Good looks Quiet</p

p>Average monitor Middle-of-the-road graphics</p

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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...

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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.

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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

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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

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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"...

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

Depth:17.2in
Height:16.1in
Width:7.4in

Display (Projector)

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

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Dell
Model:E521
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell Dimension

Networking

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

Optical Storage

Type:DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium

Processor

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

RAM

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

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type:IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-300

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

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
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