Dell Inspiron 22 3000 All-in-One

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

If you need a business desktop that has fast processing and is below $1,000, you’ll love Dell’s OptiPlex 22 3000 Series All-In-One (3240) (starting at $729, $1,014.81) . With plenty of ports, an optional adjustable stand, and easy repair and upgrade capabilities, the laptop is as good as the Editors’ Choice Dell OptiPlex 7440 AIO ($899.00 at PCMag Shop). There is less performance and less storage than the Apple iMac 22.5″ with 4K Retina Display ( at Amazon), which costs about $600 more. Nonetheless, it has the features and power to be an excellent office PC at this price.

Design and Features

With the 3240, you get no more than a stand-alone black monitor; all of the system’s internals are built into it. Despite the larger dimensions, it is much lighter than the 30-pound HP Sprout ($280.00 at eBay). A height-adjustable stand makes it easy to get just the right fit. By turning the back of the integrated monitor, your display can be pivoted into landscape or portrait mode. This is much better than the stands that come with all-in-one Apple computers, such as the 21.5-inch iMac, which only allows you to adjust the angle.

OptiPlex 3240 has a 21.5-inch 1,920-by-1080 non-touch panel that displays full HD video with great clarity, but it’s not as vivid as the 23.8-inch 4K panel on OptiPlex 7440. On the bottom left corner, you’ll see a small LED that displays whether the screen is on or asleep. You will also find on the back of the desktop several recessed ports: 2 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 Ethernet, 1 DisplayPort, 1 HDMI In (for connecting to another monitor), as well as the power supply. You’ll also find a headphone jack, a USB 3.0 port, and a smart card reader on the left side of the system. The ports of the system should be on the sides; ports on the back can be hard to reach. The OptiPlex 7440 has three buttons above the Power button on its right side that enable you to adjust the brightness and put the monitor to sleep. There is also a DVD/CD-RW drive on the right side, a little more toward the back. Considering it’s an all-in-one, there are quite a few ports available, and it should be more than enough for most business users.

Unlike the Apple iMac, it is relatively easy to upgrade or replace the system’s internals. Upon removing the monitor from the stand, you will find a small door through which you can access the hard drive and memory of the OptiPlex 3240. Due to the SSD’s 128GB capacity and 8GB of RAM, this test unit booted quickly. While configuring your system, you can choose between a variety of storage options so you can balance cost and speed. 128GB is actually quite a lot of storage, especially if you need to store lots of files for work.

In addition to the system, a wireless mouse and keyboard are included. With chiclet-style keys that respond quickly, the full-size keyboard is quick to type on. Logitech’s mouse is basic but functional. Windows 10 Pro is preinstalled on the OptiPlex 3240, as well as a few other programs. With the Ethernet port and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, this tablet has network connectivity. There is a three-year warranty available for the OptiPlex 3240 from Dell.

 

Performance

Dell OptiPlex 3240 came out well in our productivity tests thanks to its Intel Core i3-6100 processor and integrated Intel HD Graphics 530. Its remarkable performance of 3,387 on the PCMark 8 Work Conventional test beat the Lenovo ThinkCentre E93z (3,121) and even the OptiPlex 7440 (2,911) and was almost as good as the HP Sprout (3,381).

OptiPlex 3240’s multimedia performance was more average. Handbrake encoded a video in 2 minutes, 22 seconds, much slower than the Dell OptiPlex 9030 Touch (1:24), OptiPlex 7440 AIO (1:14), and HP Sprout (1:13). It took our OptiPlex 3240 3 minutes, 53 seconds to complete our Photoshop CS6 test, beating out our former top pick, the HP EliteOne 800 (3:05), and the HP Sprout (3:18).

The OptiPlex 3240 had a hard time handling graphics tests. OptiPlex 3240 achieved 14 frames per second (fps) on medium quality settings and 3.25 fps when setting the quality high, in the 3DMark Cloud Gate test, which evaluates a system’s 3D graphics capabilities. There were some better performance systems — the OptiPlex 9030 Touch received 17fps and 4fps, and the OptiPlex 7440 delivered 20fps and 5fps — but none generate a scintillating gaming experience. In a professional environment, that won’t matter so much; still, you shouldn’t expect to work as well as play on this machine.

Pros Cons
Easily upgradeable. Limited internal storage.
Solid 1080p screen.
Plenty of ports.

 

Conclusions

If you need simple computing power, such as spreadsheets and video conferencing, at a reasonable price under $1,000, then the Dell OptiPlex 22 3000 Series All-In-One (3240) is a good choice. A 1080p screen and port for connecting peripherals make this system ideal for your company’s IT team. The hard drive and memory can be accessed easily, it has easy access to memory, and it has easy access to RAM. However, if you need an all-in-one PC with the most enhanced multimedia performance and a larger screen, we recommend the Editors’ Choice Dell OptiPlex 24 Series 7440, which costs $600 more but is equipped with a larger 4K screen.