Dell Inspiron Micro Desktop with Intel Celeron J1800 or Pentium J2900 Starts at $180

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We’ve already seen Chinese mini PCs based on Intel Bay Trail-D processors for less than $200, even with a 500 GB HDD as found in VX2 mini PC, but if you’d like to buy from a more established brand, Dell has launched two models of Inspiron 3050 Micro Desktop with Intel Celeron J1800 (dual core) and Pentium J2900 (quad core) selling respectively for $179.99 and $229.99 direct from Dell US, and they also have built-in Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac that you may not always find in the cheaper Chinese models.

Dell_Inspiron_3050_Micro_DesktopBeside the different processors, but models share the same specifications:

  • SoC
    • Intel Celeron J800 dual core processor @ up to 2.58GHz with Intel HD graphics
    • Intel Pentium J2900 quad core processor @ up to 2.67 with Intel HD graphics
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3L @ 1600MHz (SO-DIMM slot, up to 8GB supported)
  • Storage – 32GB SSD, SATA 3Gbps (up to 500GB),  3-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • Video Output – DisplayPort and HDMI
  • Audio I/O – Headset port (Combo Jack)
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0, Dual Band 2.4&5 GHz, 1×1
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 hot ports, 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Misc – Power button,  security cable slot
  • Power Supply – 19.50V/2.31A
  • Dimensions – 131 x 131 x 52.50 mm
  • Weight – ~ 590 grams

Dell_Inspiron_3050_Rear_PanelThe systems run “Windows 8.1 Bing 3.0 Desktop 64-Bit English”, and there’s no option for no OS or other operating systems. Based in the user’s manual, the mini PCs are not fanless, since it explains how to remove and/or replace the fan.

Dell also offers the mini PC with a keyboard, or a full system with a 23.8″ display on their product page.

Not directly related to the post above, but I’ve been informed than ECS LIVA mini PC (Intel N2807) with 2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC currently sells for just $100 on Newegg.

Thanks to Dirk and CSilie for the tip.

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Thanks but I still prefer the Chinese fanless versions of this. I really do think it’s ridiculous that they can’t build a fanless PC around these SOCs … maybe if they tried harder and made it $10-$20 more expensive but oh well.

Chinese stuff if easier to order anyway, unless Dell sells this in the EU.

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Btw is it me or is Dell really behind on this ? Cherry Trail is here and theirs has a Bay Trail ?

riaqn
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riaqn

well, with 700RMB(about $113), you can buy a j2900+2G DDR3+24G ssd + 300M wifi on TAOBAO…

Demetris
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Yeah good luck navigating your way in&out of that shop. next

Sander
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So this the black (so: more office-like) version of the HP Stream Mini Desktop?

Same specs, same price …

Jim
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Sander :
So this the black (so: more office-like) version of the HP Stream Mini Desktop?
Same specs, same price …

I dont think so.. HP Stream has Celeron 2955U? This is marginally better CPU but much slower graphics

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qwiqooq

Found this Windows mini PC while reading Gizmodo today. I’m waiting for a cheap clone. Anyone interests?

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/computing/pc/this-windows-10-pc-is-the-size-of-a-phone-charger-and-100-real-1295701

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Tony

Whats more powerful N2807 or the J1800 for Media decoding? Whats a good source for these kind of benchmarks?