Plenty of USB Ports

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-03-31 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

The front of the computer offers four USB ports and one USB 3.0 port, as well as a DVD drive. On the back, users will find another four USB ports and another USB 3.0 port. The computer comes with Gigabit Ethernet, an eSATA port, and an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connector, among other options.

Although many of those features are run-of-the-mill among business-focused computers, it was an absolute treat to find so many USB ports on the device. As companies know all too well, there are simply too many devices to connect to a computer; the more USB ports available, the better. Dell proves that it understands the plight of today's corporate customers by including all those ports.

However, it should be kept in mind that two of those ports will be taken by the wired keyboard and mouse that comes with the Vostro 460. It's another good reason Dell should consider offering wireless options in the future.

Performance

When it comes to actual performance, the Vostro 460 is a bit of a mixed bag.

When compared with high-powered alternatives, like some of Dell's or HP's higher-end models as well as the Mac Pro, the Vostro 460 comes up short. Trying to play more sophisticated video games on the platform was somewhat difficult due to the integrated graphics chip. In addition, the relatively meager 4GB of RAM wasn't enough to handle all the tabs running on Firefox 4 in addition to Word, music playback and other tasks I tried to perform at the same time. As those processes were running, there was a noticeable slowdown in performance as time went on.

However, when running a few applications at the same time, the Vostro 460 held its own quite well. Only after video editing or other resource-intensive programs came into play did the performance start to degrade.

But that doesn't mean that the Vostro 460 is a computer that users should ignore. As mentioned, Dell's desktop isn't meant to be compared on the same level as some high-end consumer-focused computers; the Dell Vostro 460 is designed for basic day-to-day business applications, and that's the market it caters to.

When evaluating the desktop under those conditions, it's hard to find any complaints with the Vostro 460. The average company's employee is surfing the Web, using office-productivity solutions, checking email and performing other work-related tasks. In my testing of those tasks, the Vostro 460 performed exceptionally well. I witnessed no noticeable slowdown at any point as I performed some of the duties the average employee would do on the desktop.



 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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