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The Dell Inspiron Micro Desktop is the size of a burger box, and contains an Intel Celeron processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage , has dual band 802.11ac Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI Socket, 3 USB (1 USB 3) sockets, ethernet socket, SD card reader and Windows 8.1! All in all, it's a pretty good package for most day to day usage and can be connected to any modern TV/ Monitor. Carry around a nice portable keypad and you've got mobile computing all for just £199.
Build It’s quite an attractive monitor. Clearly aimed at the business professional, it’s smart and unfussy. Some people may moan at the large black bezels around it, but it’s also svelte from the side, with an attractive curve, and on a minimalist metal stand. It is also wall mountable. Specification wise, it doesn’t match most of Dell’s other Ulrasharp IPS monitors. This has been built with price mind, and so offers a 1920x1080 Full HD picture, compared to the more expensive monitors which have a resolution of 2560x1440, but most business users probably won’t mind. It also has a 2MP webcam and stereo speakers discreetly hidden under the screen. There’s a good range of connectivity with two HDMI sockets which can also be connected to your mobile phone to watch films etc. There’s also a VGA port, two USB 3.0 sockets and a DisplayPort on the back. There is an additional headphone/microphone socket on the side of the monitor, which could be useful for dictations. There’s also a range of touch sensitive controls on the lower bezel which give you good controls for volume, inputs and adjusting picture etc. One gripe about the stand, although it keeps the screen very stable, it only tilts on the vertical axis, can not swivel horizontally, nor can not be height adjusted. Performance I’ll start at the top and work my way down. The built in 2 megapixel camera and mic are fine, although I should mention that the first review sample had problems with the microphone not working. The webcam's picture quality is adequate for Skype / video conferencing, and the mic does a decent job of suppressing background sound, although it can be a bit overenthusiastic at times and also cut out the user’s voice too. As mentioned previously, this has a 1920x1080 monitor, which seems a bit mean on such a large screen. As from it’s looks, you can see it’s not aimed at designers or gamers. It does offer excellent crisp text and detail though, and very good backlight uniformity, so it is easy on the eye, even in darkened rooms. Where it does fall down is on colour accuracy and also showing blacks. Only photographers, artists, film watchers and designers will mind the lack of colour accuracy, but the lack of depth of the blacks can be frustrating when trying to use this screen to watch films on. It’s more dark grey, than black. It does have a reasonable fast response time at about 13ms, but it’s not really aimed at shoot’em up gamers. For everything else, it is fine. The speakers are excellent. Whilst they don’t offer very loud volumes or bass, they’re clear and pleasing to the ear in most situations. Excellent for Skype conversations, watching YouTube videos and even a bit of music. Your eyes and ears won’t tire using this monitor. Summary The Dell UZ2715H retails for about £350 on Dell’s website, but can be bought for about £250 elsewhere online. It’s aimed primarily at business users, who’d also appreciate the smart, unfussy design, large, crisp screen, and it’s respectable webcam and speakers. It’s a tidy proposition, but would I buy one? At its retail price, certainly not. At its discounted price, I’d certainly consider it. In an ideal world, I’d like a higher resolution picture, smaller frame, better built in mic, and keep the speakers, but that would all mount up in price! I do like the screen despite its flaws. If it did have better colour accuracy for photo editing, and better contrast and blacks for watching films, I’d certainly buy it. If those things don’t worry you so much and you want an affordable large screen monitor for office work and video conferences, I’d certainly recommend finding one online.