- Product Dimensions: 55.7 x 48.9 x 37.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 12 Kg
- Item model number: i660-3036BK
- ASIN: B009JGTVOM
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Oct. 19 2012
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #355,589 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Dell Inspiron 660 Desktop, Windows 8, Intel Core i5-3330, 8GB, 1TB (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Intel Core i5-3330
- 8GB DDR3
- 1TB 7200 RPM
- Windows 8 Home
- Intel HD Graphics
The Inspiron 660 delivers a powerful entertainment experience with high-performance processing and massive storage.
From the Manufacturer
Dell Inspiron 660 Desktop: A powerful performance.
The Inspiron™ 660 delivers a powerful entertainment experience with high-performance processing, massive storage and Dell Stage software.
- Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-3330 (3.0GHz)
- Memory (RAM): 8GB DDR3
- Storage (hard drive): 1TB SATA (7200 RPM)
- Optical drive: 16x DVD+RW
- Color: Black
- Dell P/N: i660-3036BK
Power your projects.From term papers to social networking, your priorities are easier to tackle with 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ processors, Windows® 8 operating system and 8GB of memory.
Get connected.Make the Inspiron 660 your entertainment hub. With four USB 3.0 ports, an 8-in-1 media card reader and HDMI capabilities, connecting to cameras, mp3 players, printers and other peripherals and accessories is quick and easy.
Simple to share.The Inspiron 660 includes all the software you need to quickly access your photos, videos and more, and then share them via email or social media.
Dominate the Internet.The Inspiron 660 puts you in the fast lane to the web with integrated 802.11b/g/n WiFi. Email, your social networks and everything else is just a few quick clicks away.
Max out your media.With room for even the most impressive digital media collection, the Inspiron 660 has impressive hard drive capacity options to store your music, movies, photos, videos and more.
Complete your Inspiron 660 experience.Your Inspiron 660 comes pre-loaded with Skype™ for video chatting, McAfee Anti-Virus and lots more.
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This is a typical consumer minitower with Windows 8 installed (a regular version, not a pro version but you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $70). IMHO Windows 8 is OK for regular users, but can be problematic for power users and enthusiasts. So try any Windows 8 PC without touch screen in store, before you buy this model. A similar model can be bought with Windows 7 instead of Windows 8 (see model Dell Inspiron i660-6029BK). For long time Windows users Windows 7 is a safer bet. My feeling is that Windows 8 does not provide return on investment in learning a new interface for those who do not have a touch screen.
This model uses built-in Intel video. There is also a similar model with NVIDIA GT 620 (i660-4032BK). The latter is better for gamers. Does not matter for anybody else.
The tower has one free bay for an additional harddrive, but just two memory slots on the motherboard (both used by 4 GB RAM sticks). It has two USB 3.0 ports which is very important for photo-enthusiasts and for backups of your data. Large drive guarantee that you will not run out of space for a long time (although photo-enthusiasts would be better off by buying additional mirrored USB 3.0 drive or installing the second drive into computer).
Like other consumer oriented Dell machines it is very well built and piano-black looks very attractive on the table (I would say not worse then more expensive OptiPlex 9010 which would be competing Dell offering).
It has regular analog VGA port and HDMI port. So it can support two monitors configuration (you need a cable to convert HDMI to DVI for older monitors to connect the second monitor).
The PC also has a slot for SD cards, for which you often pay extra on other Dell models.
Due to Windows 8 installed booting is very fast (actually instead of full boot Windows 8 simply wakes up from hybernation to cut time). Please note that it has secure boot enabled so to create dual boot environment (I did not tried this myself) you need to disable it first. You might need the second harddrive too. Speed of browsing is limited by speed of your Internet connection. As it has i5 CPU it can perform multiple tasks simultaneously without sweating.
Windows 8 installation makes it more like consumer-oriented appliance that a traditional multi-purpose Windows machine to which line of Microsoft OSes from Windows 3.1 to Windows 7 used to belong. Now there is distinct flavor of Apple-style closed ecosystem. Which many entry-level users might like and enjoy, but which annoy power users and Pc enthusiasts. Tiles that are automatically updated on a new "full-screen" start up screen are actually pretty cute and default installation is populated with Amazon, Ebay, Weather, Finance and other tiles.
If you are a computer science student or just a hobbyist which like to tinker with OS and hardware you might be better served by a similar model with Windows 7(i660-4032BK) which actually is priced lower, or by OptiPlex 9010 which also can be bought with Windows 7 and recovery disks. The latter (OptiPlex 9010) allows hardware mirrowing of hard drives.
But for a regular consumer this is a perfect desktop which will serve 3-5 years without problems. Please note the Windows 8 provide good built-in free virus protection (Windows Defender). I would delete McAfee trial that Dell preinstall as IMHO it's useless and represents Windows insecurity tax which security companies try to force you to pay, but your mileage may vary. In any case do not pay for extension when the trial expire, as built-in protection (Windows Defender) is adequate for most consumers and for those it is inadequate Mcafee will be inadequate too. In view of complexity of modern malware you are better off using a second PC dedicated to financial and other important trasactions instead of paying AV companies for illusionary protection.
Another important thing for consumer is that recovery from virus infections can be much easier due to built in ability of Windows 8 to restore the default configuration. This is a feature of all PCs with Windows 8 installed not only this one.
Note: Keyboard supplied with the machine looks very nice and is adequate for occasional typing. If you spend long hours typing you better change it to more professional keyboard like Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000. The same is true about the mouse provided with the tower.
The upside is the computer is fast. Right away you'll notice a boot up speed which is impressive if you are not yet familiar with Win8.
Another issue for the tower is the build is not very expandable. Meaning there is only one port for an additional internal harddrive. There are several Dell towers which are much easier to upgrade the hardware for.
If my review were simply of Windows 8 I would tell the average user to hold off. Microsoft is doing some exciting stuff with the interface splash screen and their new metro screen and cloud logons, but for a desktop windows 7 would be the application of choice. I would, rather, suggest that if you are interested in exploring windows 8 then you should include a touch monitor or better - check out the tablets and phones that Win8 it truly designed for.
Additionally - the last upgrade from Microsoft for Win8 has been causing issues when restarting the computer. The system will not go through the restart process, but it will startup if shut down. I assume they will have a fix out shortly.
The only reason I have this PC 4 out of 5 stars is because of the Operating System. I have grown to really hate Windows 8. It may be great for tablets or smart phones, but stinks as a desktop OS. I ended up adding the third party apps to make this PC act like a Windows 7 PC. I've thought about purchasing and installing Windows 7, but I've been told about problems obtaining Windows 7 drivers. I think I'm going to keep it as is and just use the simulated Windows 7 OS.
If you can find this PC with Windows 7 and you're not a gamer, I would recommend getting it.