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Dell XPS 420

Dell XPS 420
alaScore 86

566 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 566 reviews of Dell XPS 420. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People are impressed by the reliability. The design also gets good feedback, whereas there are some critical opinions about the size and price.

usability, design, reliability

price, size

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 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Dell XPS 420 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers really like the price and reliability. The design and usability also get good feedback.

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70% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell XPS 420 DesktopDell XPS 420 Desktop

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (

Dell XPS 420


The Dell XPS 420 is a multimedia desktop that integrates a SideShow display on top of the front panel.

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.

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Feb, 2008

Expert review by (

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...

Jan, 2008

Expert review by : Jon L. Jacobi (

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.

Jan, 2008

Expert review by : Rich Brown (

Dell XPS 420


SideShow screen extends Vista Gadgets to the top of the system; nearly complete line of digital-media options lets you make this system the hub of your networked home; strong support.

Not quite the best bang for the buck as far as pure processing power; no HD DVD/Blu-ray combo option; needs better software to expose the benefits of the hardware MPEG-2 transcoder.

Dell's new XPS 420 offers almost all of the latest in PC-based digital-video capability, as well as a few unique features you won't find elsewhere. The default configuration fares poorly against the other new PCs, but if you're willing to spend money...

Oct, 2007

Expert review by : Consumer Guide (

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

May, 2008

Expert review by : (

Dell XPS 420 Review


Priced at Rs 69,169, we feel the XPS 420 is overpriced considering the weak graphics subsystem. However, it is very difficult to recreate the overall look and feel that the XPS 420 has--the beautiful case, neatly packed interiors, stupendous hardware...

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Matthew Murray (

Dell XPS 420 Desktop Review and Ratings


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

Oct, 2007

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


For its price this machine isn't as strong a performer as we'd hoped, but it is still going to please gamers and editors of video or photos plus the Blu-ray drive is a big bonus.

BDR-R drive, SoundBlaster X-Fi Extreme card, SideShow device

Price, limited upgrade space

Feb, 2008

Expert review by : Edward Chester (

Dell XPS 420


Dell's XPS range has seen varied success over the years. We loved the M1330 XPS notebook but its bigger brother, the M1730, was much less well received. Moreover, its desktops have always had trouble hitting the mark, being generally a bit overpriced...

Jan, 2008

Expert review by : Craig Simms (

Dell XPS 420


Dell widens the target market for the XPS, scoring a few hits and misses.

Excellent price/performance. Thoughtful software bundle. Priority 24/7 phone/Web/e-mail support.

Sideshow module is pointless in current form. No hand holds make the case difficult to carry. Second rate keyboard/mouse combo. Could be quieter.

The XPS 420 is priced right for the performance and the market it's aimed at, and includes a few nifty touches to boot.

Oct, 2010

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


Chassis type:Mini Tower

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

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

Energy Management

Power supply:375

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 3650 / AMD Radeon HD 3870
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256 / 0.5


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell XPS


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


Internal memory:2 / 3
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Memory clock speed:800
Memory layout:2 x 1
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 1


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

Multimedia Functionality

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


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 Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD±RW

Optical Storage

Read Speed:48x (CD) / 16x (DVD)

OS Provided

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

Other Features

Built-in camera: Yes
Display:LCD / LCD, E207WFP
Drive device, buffer size:16
Expansion Slots:- 3 x PCI\n- 1 x PCIe x1\n- 1 x PCIe x16\n- 1 x PCIe x8
External drive bays:2 x 5.25", 2 x 3.5"
Internal drive bays:2 x 3.5"
Keyboard Special Features:USB
Model availability:DK

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Microsoft Works 9.0 - Danish / Microsoft Works 9.0 - Danish,\nMcAfee Security Centre 9.0
Contrast ratio (typical):800:1
Display brightness:300
Display Diagonal:20 / 22
Display included:No / Yes
Display Resolution:1680 x 1050
Mouse included: Yes


Audio output channels:7.1
Audio system:HD Audio / Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music
Product type:PC

Ports & interfaces

eSATA ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:2
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: Yes
Line-out: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
PS/2 ports quantity:2
S/PDIF out port: Yes
TV out:Y
TV out port:S-Video
USB 2.0 ports quantity:8
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:2


Power supply:375


64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:FSB
Clock Speed:2.4GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10 / 8 / 9
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Quad-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:167 / 410 / 582
Processing die size:107 / 111 / 286
Processor:E4400 / E8300 / Q6600
Processor cache:2 / 6 / 8
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Conroe / Kentsfield / Wolfdale
Processor core voltage (AC):0.85 – 1.5
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:Intel® Core™2 Duo / Intel® Core™2 Quad
Processor frequency:2 / 2.4 / 2.83
Processor front side bus:1066 / 1333 / 800
Processor lithography:45 / 65
Processor model:E4400 / E8300 / Q6600
Processor Number:Q6600
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core 2 Duo E4000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo E8000 series / Intel Core 2 Quad Q6000 series
Processor socket:Socket T (LGA 775)
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:C0 / G0
Tcase:61.4 / 72.4 / B3=62.2; G0=71
Thermal Design Power (TDP):65 / 95, 105
Type:Core 2 Quad

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:29753 / 29765 / 35070
Processor code:E4400 / SLAPJ
Processor package size:37.5
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


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

Service & Support

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


Bundled software:Microsoft Works 9.0 - Danish,\nMcAfee Security Centre 9.0
Operating system installed:Windows Vista Home Premium


Card reader integrated: Yes
Drive device, buffer size:16
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:SATA
Total Storage Capacity:320 / 500 / 640

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: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

Weight & Dimensions