At Tech Day yesterday, we launched 4 Dimension systems. All four of these systems (Dimension E520, C521, E521, and XPS 210) are meant for customers who want to do more than send emails or surf the web. All are good options for consumer and small business customers interested in multimedia like digital music, photos, or videos, or watching and recording live TV via media center.
The C521 and E521 represent the first AMD-based consumer systems we’ve ever offered. If you want the details before watching the video, here’s how processor support breaks out:
What’s the difference between the two AMD systems? Mainly form factor—the C521 features a chassis that’s nearly half the size of it’s bigger brother, the E521.
What this boils down to is that we announced two AMD-based options for customers and two Intel-based options. Our consumer and small business customers now have a choice. All four of these systems will be available worldwide today.
In the vlog below, Ketan Pandya from the desktop team gives you an overview of all four of these.
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You know Dell...you could have done this right, but two key things are still wrong:
1) Still only 2 useable USB ports in the back since 2 of the four are required for the (and you are the only PC manufacturer to do it) USB mouse and USB keyboard. My brand new Compaq has more useable USB ports than you (since they intelligently include PS/2 for the mouse and keyboard) and it cost quite a bit less.
2) Still the same ugly white and silver design. Maybe if Dell read the online forums and actually listened to their customers that the glossy white sides are ugly. I have read where some people have returned computers because of the way it looks. Dell has to know how ugly it is because every advertisement shows the white sides in shadows to *appear* to look grey/silver. I have never seen one advertisement/picture yet of Dell showing the computer with its bright shiny white sides.
I don't know, between these problems and the rest on this website people have commented on, its like trying to beat a dead horse when it comes to giving suggestions to Dell.
I think you need to relax and I don't appreciate your flaming post.
I am simply stating that Dell needs to put more USB ports on the back. Yes, I understand we are moving forward, and I do like a universal connector, such as USB, but with only 2 on the back of these Dells, I would have to buy adaptors/hubs/etc. to connect all of my stuff. If Dell continues to use USB for mice and keyboards (and I don't have a problem with that) then there should be 6-8 USB ports on the back, not 4.
Regarding the side colors, that is personal preference of myself and many others. I don't think white sides matches the computer at all. It may look "cool", but wait to you see it in person. When you have a computer whose white sides look like a kitchen appliance, then pair it with a modern black/silver monitor, black/silver mouse, black/silver keyboard, it just doesn't look right. Lets hope Dell doesn't turn into Apple and have white mice, keyboards and monitors next. Then again, even Apple is moving away from glossy white and changing to brushed silver on some high end products.
PS - That Compaq that I got was defective, and I returned it. I will be buying a Dell OptiPlex instead. Has a lot of USB ports and is black/silver, and has the legacy ports I need for my business. In case you didn't know, many companies *do* need them. For example, I use a FedEx shipping program as I ship a lot of merchandise, well, you can only use a serial or parallel port for connecitng a thermal label printer for printing shipping labels. Their program doesn't support USB. I wouldn't be able to use the program if I had a Dimension computer since they did away with parallel and serial ports on it.
Sam Miller, have you even watched the video blog? The dude is more natural than the other ones on here and is actually quite animated. He really seems enthusiastic about it and does not look like he was given some sort of script to read with a bunch of blah blah blah. I don't think the professionalism of MR. P is the problem, its the pricing that does not seem to match what he is saying.
Based on what Dell is getting from AMD - the current X2 processors are a mix of wattage from 89 -65W.
Yes, memory is DDR2 533. Do you think we should bring the 667 and 800 out there too?
When do we get a Gaming box with AMD?
Even more interesting news.. according to Digitimes..
"The sources also pointed out that Intel's licensing agreement with ATI limits the front-side bus (FSB) clock speed to 1066MHz and slower, so when Intel unveils its new FSB specification at 1333MHz next year, ATI may not be allowed to roll out chipsets supporting the new specification. Because of these reasons, the sources claimed that ATI has revealed to motherboard makers that it will not invest further in Intel platforms."
AMD is hitting hard. Article link:
I wonder if this has any impact on Dells future game system plans?
"The World's Fastest Processor" is right - Core 2 Duo is the bomb! I wonder why Dell would announce these products now and not 2 years ago when AMD had the advantage.
In any case, the quad core CPUs from Intel will definitely put a nail in AMD's coffin when it comes to out right benchmark scores. I know Intel still suffers in the marketplace and hp is helping AMD iin a big way in retail, but I don't get why people would buy AMD CPUs when Intel is a better price performance stories.
Dell (and their spokesperson on the VLOG) might be excited about their new products, but I think its being late to the AMD party - that's ending.
Glad that so many of you have weighed in with positive feedback for Ketan in his vlog. Now I just hope it doesn't go to his head. :)
I have bought one of those DataSafe equipped machines that this guy was speaking about and he pretty much got it right on. I had a hardware failure and the HDD crashed. This little Intel window popped and said something to that effect, although, I'm sure no sane person speaks that way. I called Dell and they sent me out a replacement HDD (under warranty) and I was back in DataSafe land. I think this guy is onto something with this DataSafe thing, but I think the implementation could use some serious overhauling. Anyway, nice job by Ketan to try and explain something pretty complex in very simple terms.
Just bought a customized Dell C521 through my employer. I have an HP deskjet 842C (uses parallel port). Does the dell have a parallel printer port? If it doesn't, do places like officemax carry parallel to USB converters?