If there’s one thing we can take away from Computex 2017, it’s this — AMD is back. Relegated to budget PCs that went virtually unmarketed for years now, the chipmaker is bursting back onto the scene with their Ryzen processors. Dell is joining in on the fun with two new all-in-one PCs — the Inspiron 24 5000 and the Inspiron 27 7000.
You’ll notice something unusual about both — there’s no Intel to be found. Both all-in-one PCs come with only AMD processors and AMD GPUs. The 23.8″ Inspiron 24 5000 comes with either a 7th generation AMD A10 or A12 quad-core processor with either Radeon R7 graphics or a discrete Radeon RX560 GPU. The 27″ Inspiron 27 7000 has a little more oomph to it, boasting those high-powered Ryzen processors making the rounds at this year’s show. This AIO can be configured with either a quad-core 3.4 GHz Ryzen 5 1400 or an octa-core 3.7 GHz Ryzen 7 1700 and either the Radeon RX560 or RX580 GPU. Both AIOs can be purchased with up to 32 GB of RAM.
I don’t have any hands-on experience with the new Ryzen processors, but from what I’ve been hearing and reading, there’s reason to get excited. That’s not exactly because of performance, though — AMD Ryzen processors aren’t more powerful than their Intel counterparts. But, they’re close enough to make the much, much cheaper AMD chips terrific value buys. Same goes for their GPUs when stacked up against what Nvidia has to offer.
Aside from all the excitement about AMD, the Inspiron AIOs are pretty standard fare, although the razor-thin bezels on Dell’s InfinityEdge displays help set them apart. Both come standard with 1080p IPS displays (plus a touch option on the 24), with the Inspiron 27 7000 getting a 4K IPS option. That might be pushing it, though — we know the Radeon RX580 GPU is a slight step above the 400-series Polaris GPUs AMD announced this time last year, but we’re not sure if they run 4K well enough to marry the GPU to a 4K display in an all-in-one. I’d watch for reviews of that GPU before making the jump.
Storage options are almost the same for both. You can get a 1 TB HDD, or you can combine that HDD with a 128 GB SSD or a 256 GB PCIe NVMe SSD if you want games to load faster. If you don’t need that much storage, the Inspiron 24 5000 can be configured with a 500 GB HDD. On the back, ports include USB of all kinds, including one USB Type-C 3.1. There’s HDMI in and out, but no DisplayPorts or VGA ports. Expect ethernet ports and a 3-in-1 card reader, as well.
On the front, both have 720p webcams, IR cameras for facial recognition with Windows Hello, and quad mic arrays, so either should be a good option if you want to stream or have video chats without getting any external equipment. Just make sure to note that the webcams are located on the bottom of the display, set inside the speaker array. Speaking of which, both have stereo speakers with Waves Maxx Audio tuning, which has served well on a lot of other Dell AIOs we’ve seen over the years.
While both machines will be decent to great for traditional gaming, they’ll also make VR much more affordable. I’m not so sure that the RX560 GPU can power a great VR experience, but the RX580 ought to be up to the task, and it’s much cheaper than an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (even if, again, it’s not as powerful). Like we noted last year when AMD revealed their Polaris GPUs, a competitive AMD is going to be key in lowering the cost of VR over the next few years. These two Dell machines are a step in that direction.
And, here’s one more thing we love — with just a couple screws on the back, you can get into the 27 7000 and upgrade it! While we’ve been told that the GPU is soldered in place, the storage drive and RAM can both be upgraded later, in case you want more or you want to move from an HDD to a faster SSD. And, thanks to a bit of clever design, the back can’t be slid off if the Kensington lock on the back is being used.
Both AIOs should be available starting now, and the prices, as promised, are awesome. The Dell Inspiron 24 5000 starts at $700, while the Dell Inspiron 27 7000 starts at $1,000. Keep in mind, that’s combining the price of a desktop and a monitor, and we’re talking about some fairly powerful gaming and entertainment PCs here. If these two are any indication, PC shopping is about to get a lot cheaper.