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Dell VOSTRO 420

Dell VOSTRO 420
alaScore 81

34 reviews

Aug, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the value for money. The usability also gets good opinions.

usability, value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Dell VOSTRO 420 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 34 reviews)

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Consumer review by:

Nice computer well built - a little slow

 

I think this would be a good system if you are not super sensitive for speed. Runs office applications well as well as multimedia apps, does very well on multi tasking.

Nice build - case looks good

Not as fast as I had hoped even with a quad core processor and 4GB of ram computer feels a little slugish

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Fast and silent

 

I really like this 420. It is really fast yet runs so quiet. I have had no trouble with it so far and am well pleased

The only con is that IE sometimes locks up--so nothing new there

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Better than my old Dell Dimension 9600

 

I love Dell products, but do not like the rigid solution process used by the Dell support technicians. I am sure that I am not the only one that has had the network card problem, so Dell should have stepped up to the plate and offered to send out a...

Fast, quiet and mostly reliable

The integrated network card was a disaster. I have purchased 2 Vostro 420s in the last 4 months. The first network card worked fine for about 2 months and then died. The network card on my new Vostro worked for 2 days and then died. Dell's solution was...

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Vostro 420 not so business

 

It came with Vista basic which I allowed a few days to make work then decided to install XP which works very well for us. If you decide to go this way, make sure you slipstream your XP version with the latest Intel drivers and burn this into an ISO...

With a Q9550, 4G of RAM, 2 x 160G in datasafe (i.e RAID1) and the base ATI 3450 video card it run all our business application without a hitch... powerful, fast, very quiet and at around 140W power consumption

As noted elsewhere the enclosure is a departure from the hinged design. Now all parts are rivetted and more or less friendly for any upgrades. Any h/w using the 3.5" slots will have an overhang of approx 1/2 inch. The front plastic bezel is about one 1...

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Better than expected

 

You must use a 64bit OS to use more than 4GB ram. I am currently using Solaris 10 with all hardware operating. ZFS with two drives as parity so three drives need to fail before I lose any data. Great box for clustering with another Vostro 420 (since...

Specs say 4GB ram only and up to 4 HDD's, but I'm currently running with 6 HDD's (over 5 GB total storage) and 8GB ram. Great for virtual machines

only 4 HDD bays, needed to use 5.25" to 3.5" converter to mount additional HDD's. Other than that, nothing to report

Consumer review by:

Vostro 420

 

When I began unpacking the computer, I noticed that the lower right side of the faceplate was open (see photo). I began to question the quality control, and removed the cover on the left side and then opened the faceplate and snapped it into place. In...

PC design and expandibility, monitor flexibility with USB ports, overall value for the price, ease of setup and use

Initial quality control scare, no instrutions on when to use the VGA or PCI connector for the monitor

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If only it could take more memory!

 

I was pleased to see the eSATA port on the back - I've ordered an external disk to utilise this and see if I can spot the 6x performance increase over USB2.

Works with Windows 2008 Hyper-V really well

Once you start using virtual machines you quickly discover that 4GB isn't really enough

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Lack of different power supplies

 

I would think twice before buying this PC unless you are going to stick to one hardrive and the 350 watt power supply that comes with this PC. Sorry Dell..bad choice

This would have been a great PC to have for work HAD Dell had enought sense to offer a few different power supplies

How can Dell offer a PC that uses more then one hard drive-up to 4 hardrives if you need/want..and not offer an option to get something more substantional then a 350 watt power supply

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Vostro 420

 

Arrived on time- started right up. Normal Microsoft software issues....

Nice package at a very good price. Downloaded to XP

No parallel port- that would have been nice to know! And try to get a parallel card to work- good luck

Consumer review by:

Nice Machine - with Some Rough Spots

 

General impression: A quiet, fast, expandable computer. I'm happy with it now, but had to wrestle with hardware problems for a few days. And the BIOS might be a work in progress. Reasons for selecting: Hugely expandable - four drive bays, four PCI and...

Reasonably priced (with discounts). Roomy, highly expandable chassis. Fast and quiet

Silly drive doors. Dismal quality control. Not offered without video card

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Product Specifications

Dell Vostro desktop solutions are designed with features to simplify the technology challenges of small business. Vostro delivers reliable performance backed by exceptional Dell support - all at a great value. The small business power user demands big results. The features and extended capabilities can boost your productivity. Add advanced audio and video capabilities for the ultimate multi-media experience. It's a power user's dream. When your business demands time, your technology shouldn't. The powerful and expandable Vostro 420 Tower includes a comprehensive portfolio of small business support services and features.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:4MB/6MB
Per Processor Size:4MB/6MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:189.8in/19in
Height:16.3in
Weight:24lbs/30lbs
Width:7.2in/7.3in

Display (Projector)

Type:None.

Header

Compatibility:PC
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Dell
Model:420
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell Vostro

Mainboard

Chipset Type:Intel G45 Express
Data Bus Speed:1333MHz

Modem

Type: None

Networking

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

Optical Storage

Type:DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Business / XP Professional downgrade

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.33GHz/2.66GHz/3GHz
Installed Qty:1
Manufacturer:Intel
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core/Quad-Core
Processor Number:E8400/Q8300/Q9400
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad

RAM

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

Service & Support

On-Site Warranty:On-site
Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

RAID Level:RAID 0 / RAID 1/RAID 1 / RAID 0

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type:IDE/None

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:250GB/320GB/500GB
Recommended Use:Small business
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon HD 3450
Interface Type:PCI Express x16
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