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Dell Inspiron 530

Dell Inspiron 530
alaScore 85

2617 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2617 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size and reliability. The design and usability also get good feedback.

value for money, usability, design, reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Dell Inspiron 530 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Dell Inspiron 530 Value Desktop PC


Impressive performance aided by dedicated graphics makes this model the best value in our test group of low-cost desktops.

Strong performance in all benchmarks ; Discrete graphics card

FireWire ports not standard ; Requires tools for upgrades

If you want a value desktop with an excellent price-to-performance ratio and some room to grow, Dell's Inspiron 530 is arguably the best deal among the budget PCs we've tested recently

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Dell Inspiron 530


The Dell Inspiron 530 was powerful enough to earn superior scores (for a value PC) in both its productivity and graphics performance tests, yet it's quite inexpensive at $689 (as of 2/7/08).

Strong performance in all benchmarks ; Discrete graphics card

FireWire ports not standard ; Requires tools for upgrades

Impressive application and graphics performance aided by dedicated graphics make this the best value in our test group.

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Dell Inspiron 530


Dell's latest budget offering, the Inspiron 530 ($499 direct), is a competent system for everyday home use (e-mailing, DVD burning, office productivity), and it even handles more-processor-intensive tasks, like editing photos in Photoshop, with ease....

Good performance. Decent expansion options. Bloatware-free configuration

Lacks Media Center functionality. Smallish hard drive. Only 30 days of McAfee virus protection

While the Dell Inspiron 530 is a capable system for tackling home tasks (as well as some multimedia apps), there are better value systems that offer more.


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Dell Inspiron 530 & Vista 64-bit Home Premium


My first steps in looking for a replacement centered around the pretty and new iMacs with 24″ monitors.  Man, they're pretty.  The price tags, however, are not so pretty.  I wanted enough horse power to run Lightroom 2 and Photoshop simultaneously, in...

Otherwise, I totally love the machine!

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Dell Inspiron 530 Desktop


Dell's Inspiron 530 budget configuration is weak in terms of performance, but offers a strong selection of service and support options.

Above-average performance for the price

No FireWire ports standard; limited expandability

Double your display real estate by adding a second monitor. It's a snap: Here's how

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Dell Inspiron 530 Review and Prices


Dell's new Inspiron 530 desktop computers start out at an excellent budget price, although the components you get for the $400 original sticker price aren't exactly cutting edge.

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Amazon review summary for Dell Inspiron 530


alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 user reviews of Dell Inspiron 530 from The average user rating for this product is 2.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on

design, value for money

44% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Desktop Inspiron 530 DesktopDell desktop and monitor -Inspiron 530-Intel® CoreTM2 Duo Processor E4600 (2MB L2 Cache,2.4GHz,800 FSB), Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic Service ,

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Great Product


This computer is a great product at a great price I bought it for my wife and she uses it daily and is VERY happy with it. It plays her games and lets her go online with no problems.

Connecting with Friends, Gaming

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nice looks; impossible to use as barebone


Pros: - really nice looks, silver front and top, white sides - motherboard can really take 4 x 2 GB Cons: - motherboard is Foxconn G33m02 mATX but the BIOS is DELL's proprietary so forget about overclocking - the BIOS chip can't be replaced with your...

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White cable


The system runs very good. However, the CPU does not have a port to connect the white cable that was meant to give a clearer monitor performance.

School, Presentation, education and personal use

Product Specifications

Do more with dual-core power. To meet your PC needs, the Dell Inspiron 530s built with the Intel Pentium processor. Dual core processors are designed to help reduce lag time while running multiple applications at the same time. This makes them ideal for today's multi-tasked environments. Whether you are creating DVDs while streaming the latest music from the Internet or playing a game while running an anti-virus scan, a dual-core processor can be a powerful asset. Save desk space and enjoy high definition viewing with one of Dell's generation flat panel monitors. Enjoy terrific depth, bright, rich colors, and dark blacks, plus high resolution images.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Mini tower/Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Mini tower/Slim tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Mini tower/Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Mini tower/Slim tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB/3MB/512KB/6MB/8MB
Per Processor Size:1MB/2MB/3MB/512KB/6MB/8MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:17in/19in/22in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm/48.3cm/55.9cm
Max Resolution:1440 x 900/1680 x 1050
Type:LCD display/None.
Widescreen Display: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell Inspiron


Chipset Type:Intel G33 Express
Data Bus Speed:1066MHz/1333MHz/800MHz


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem/None


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

Optical Storage


OS Provided

Edition:Windows Vista Home Premium
Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.8GHz/2.2GHz/2.4GHz/2.53GHz/2.5GHz/2GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core/Quad-Core
Processor Number:440/E2160/E2180/E2200/E4500/E4600/E7200/Q6600/Q9300
Type:Celeron/Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad/Pentium/Pentium Dual Core


Installed Size:1GB/2GB/3GB/4GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Hard Drive Features:DataSafe
Interface Type:Serial ATA-300

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:250GB/320GB/500GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 3100/Intel GMA X3100