A small but functional computer that suffices even for demanding users
Dec 24, 2009
I consider myself a fairly hardcore computer user -- I develop software for a living. I spend at least 8 hours a day in front of the computer. If I can get a faster, more efficient system, I will.
So why would I buy what many would consider a toy computer for use at home? The Dell Vostro 220 mini tower is actually a great little computer system, more than up to the most demanding tasks, but easy to move around.
I have a full tower system at work, and the Vostro 220 is more capable than that system by a margin. It simply runs all the applications I use to develop more smoothly, much faster, and much more quietly, than its noisy big brother that I have at work. It isn't clear to me how it pulls this off - possibly a better hard drive, even though it has the same amount of memory and fairly equivalent processors. The dell systems just seem to be well integrated, with the sum better than the parts.
Other upsides: The system is so small I can easily bring it to and from work. If I need an extra computer at work to test clustering or Hadoop, I can bring it in. I can also easily move it to my girlfriend's apartment if I need to work there.
Other downsides: The baseline graphics card doesn't support dual monitors, which can be a bit of an issue if you are doing a prolonged working session with multiple windows.
I highly recommend this package for an occassional use, portable system.
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Ari Miller (ari1974)
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