Dell Inspiron 660s Review


Like so many budget Dell PCs we've seen in the past, the Inspiron 660s is a solid journeyman system. It's a bit on the slow side, but is a very good value, especially at its starting price. The cheapest configuration includes 500GB of memory and an Intel Celeron CPU.

Many computer users have long relied on Dell to deliver good, low-cost PCs. The Inspiron 660s (starting at $300, Amazon) is the latest budget model, and users' reviews say it hits all the right notes. Dell Inspiron 660s reviews at Best Buy indicate that buyers like the tower's streamlined size and consider it well-suited for basic PC tasks like word processing, search, email, and social media. Reviewers also report that it's reliable and easy to set up, and say the wireless support is a welcome feature and the low price is a big draw. Although most Dell Inspiron 660s reviewers at Amazon express satisfaction with its performance, a minority cite operational snafus, from lagged response to system crashes. A pricier configuration with a speedier processor generally garners positive appraisals. What doesn't is the Windows 8 operating system, which is the butt of complaints in many Dell Inspiron 660s reviews.

The cheapest configuration of the Inspiron 660s runs on an Intel Celeron CPU, although versions with a higher grade CPU are available with higher price tags. It runs Windows 8 and comes with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive; a 1TB drive in combination with an Intel Core i3 CPU is also offered. The Inspiron 660s features integrated graphics and audio, support for wireless and Ethernet connections, an HDMI port, two USB 3.0 and six USB 2.0 ports.

Dell is a tried-and-true maker of budget PCs. For the most part, the Inspiron 660s is true to type despite a few reported hiccups. It is modestly priced and modestly fitted out, although the wireless support is unusual at this price point. In all, this system is one of the better values around, especially for routine (i.e., not graphics-intense) needs.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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