updated 09:20 am EDT, Tue June 26, 2007
Dell Inspiron 530
In addition to revamping its notebooks, Dell on Tuesday launched an even greater change to its desktop line. Bringing over the Inspiron name from its portables, the company's new mid-tower Inspiron 530 and slim-line Inspiron 530s represent both a radical change to the company's look and a functional upgrade: the design helps cooling and expansion, with the 530s in particular sporting dual USB and audio jacks on the front.
Each design focuses differently on features, Dell notes. The larger 530 is the economy offering where Intel chips form the baseline: an entry-level $349 model ships with a 1.6GHz Celeron based on the Core architecture (with the similarly-based Pentium dual-core an option), 512MB of memory, a 160GB hard drive, and a DVD/CD-RW combo drive; higher-end, AMD-based 531 models bring in Athlon 64X2 chips.
The 530s and 531s reverse positions with the least expensive model being the 531s. It ships with a single-core Sempron CPU as well as identical specs as the larger model. The 530s commands the premium, according to the company, with a minimum 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo in addition to extra storage.
All models have the option of dedicated AMD (X1300 Pro) or NVIDIA (GeForce 7300) graphics, DVD burners, and added memory as well as disk space.