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Dell XPS 420

Dell XPS 420
alaScore 85

1224 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1224 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the reliability and usability. The design and value for money are also mentioned favorably.

value for money, design, usability, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Dell XPS 420 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Dell XPS 420 Desktop Computer [Penryn QX9650 version]

 

A handsome PC with strong performance, the XPS 420 lacks the expandability that some high-end power desktops have.

Strong performance ; Front panel video transcoder

Only one free bay

The front of the XPS 420's midsize tower case is composed of a glossy black plastic that looks great when clean, but tends to highlight fingerprints. Our test unit included several nice options: front-mounted S-Video and RCA ports with the unique...

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Dell XPS 420

 

This XPS 420 multimedia computer we tested with Intel's upcoming mainstream 2.83-GHz Penryn Q9550 processor was identical to the XPS 420 with the overclockable QX9650 CPU in every other respect except in price. At $2729, this Q9550 model is exactly...

Low cost, high performance ; Blu-ray Disc and Bluetooth

Only one free bay

A solid performer that costs considerably less than Dell's QX9650-based XPS 420 configuration.

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Dell XPS 420

 

The MiniView is a Microsoft SideShow display, which means you can use it to view stuff like images from your pictures folder, feeds from webcams, or even play solitaire (how else would you get used to the interface?). There's a setting that lets you...

Quick quad-core performance. Blu-ray drive. SideShow display. DataSafe (local and online components). Xcelerator transcoding accelerator. 15-month antivirus subscription. MCE Gyration remote option. 802.11n wireless networking

Competition has HD DVD and Blu-ray for the same price. It's way big. SideShow apps are still limited. No multimedia hard drive bay

The XPS 420 has a few outstanding features that could put it on the short list if you're in the market for a technology-forward multimedia PC.

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Dell XPS 420 series desktop computer Review and Prices

 

Dell's XPS desktop computers were once cutting-edge gaming machines; in recent years, however, the company has introduced new XPS PCs that are not just for gaming, such as the XPS 420 series. These desktop computers feature quad-core processors, oodles...

Excellent core power, unique tower and options

Monitor not included

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Dell XPS 420 Desktop

 

Good performance and the addition of Adobe's killer Elements Studio software suite distinguish Dell's higher-end—and higher-priced—XPS 420 entertainment PC.

SideShow panel adds convenience to frequently used media features; built-in Bluetooth and 802.11n wireless; Adobe Elements Studio included; quad-core processor, good graphics card boost performance

Somewhat pricey; HD optical drive is Blu-ray only; no room for additional hard drives

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

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Dumber and Dell

 

prompt home repair

You Need extended warranty

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I want my money back

 

Speed

Poor service, breaks down, terrible

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Don't be leary of Vista

 

Windows Vista very easy to set up.

No Cons.

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Amazon review summary for Dell XPS 420

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 user reviews of Dell XPS 420 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com.

value for money, usability

53% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: DELL XPS 420 22-Inch Desktop and MonitorDELL XPS 420 DESKTOP - Intel® CoreTM2 Q6600 Quad-Core (8MB L2 cache,2.4GHz,1066FSB), 320 GB SATA HD,CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capDell XPS 420 Desktop

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nice pc

 

very fast.

video card crashes vista frequently. not a problem with the computer but with the os.

Product Specifications

Grab hold of a superstar: The XPS 420 offers cutting-edge performance and professional-grade features designed to help you achieve creative mastery. This high-style system features innovative options like an integrated LCD screen, an Adobe Elements Studio suite and an integrated media accelerator to help you slice, dice and manhandle media like a virtuoso. Display and access your songs, photos, video, system settings and more on the XPS 420's integrated LCD screen - all without using the keyboard, mouse or main display. Manage video conversion faster than ever with an integrated media accelerator. The optional Dell Xcelerator can convert video for your portable media player up to 25% faster than your processor alone. The feature also reduces the burden of video conversion by up to 86% helping to conserve your computing resources for other tasks. The XPS 420 boasts movie-star looks plus super-smart functionality. Dell's stylish and energy-efficient BTX chassis design helps the system run cool and quiet, and with self-tending optical drive doors, the 420 has a sleek, clean look that lives up to its premium performance. Another key design innovation is the unique deck-top device storage area, which helps manage the docking and cable routing of your portable devices to minimize cord clutter.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Mini tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Mini tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Mini tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Mini tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:8MB
Per Processor Size:8MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:17.8in/22.4in
Height:18in/20.2in
Weight:25.4lbs/41lbs
Width:7.4in/8.1in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:17in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Type:LCD display/None.
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Dell
Model:420
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell XPS

Mainboard

Chipset Type:Intel X38 Express
Data Bus Speed:1066MHz

Modem

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

Multimedia Functionality

Radio Tuner Type:FM radio
TV Tuner Type:Digital and analog TV

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.0 / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth/802.11b/g / Bluetooth 2.0

Optical Storage

Read Speed:48x (CD) / 16x (DVD)
Type:BD-RE/DVD

OS Provided

Edition:Windows Vista Home Premium
Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.4GHz
Installed Qty:1
Manufacturer:Intel
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Quad-Core
Processor Number:Q6600
Type:Core 2 Quad

RAM

Installed Size:2GB
Max Supported Size:4GB/8GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

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

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

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:320GB/400GB
Platform Technology:Intel VIIV Technology
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT/NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS
Interface Type:PCI Express x16
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