The left-hand edge provides access to the tray-loading DVD rewriter and a Kensington lock socket. A little cluster of additional ports is built into the rear in such a way that the cables can be threaded through a cutaway hole in the stand.
The system actually comes with USB keyboard and mouse: if you want wireless peripherals, go buy some.
It’s a curious collection of connectors, that’s for sure: legacy serial and parallel ports, a pair of PS/2 ports, an Ethernet port, three more USB ports and a 3.5mm digital audio-out socket. Who knows what Dell thinks you’re going to plug into those serial and parallel ports: a 1988 dot-matrix printer, perhaps?
Wireless n is not supported by the computer, which is a shame: instead, you make do with the more commonplace 802.11b/g.
Usefully, Dell has built the power supply unit into the case, so there’s no 'dead rat' to deal with. Less usefully, the thick plug at the end of the power cord protrudes horizontally out of the case, making it difficult to push the computer back against a wall or desk partition.
PCMark Vantage Results
Tests run in 64-bit mode
Longer bars are better
Nb. Review unit contained a 2.6GHz Pentium Dual Core E5300 CPU
Big iPad with a keyboard and reasonable OS, minus Jobsian control freakery..
It might just be me, but when I follow your links to RegHardware, and then the Dell site, I see "Hello Chris" in the top right corner....methinks your URL contains some login details (although clicking "My Account" does ask me to login....and my name isn't Chris, and I do have a Dell, hence why I noticed!)
I much prefer the wireless mouse I got for my laptop. The added weight makes the mouse more responsive. The batteries rarely run out, and then I have the track pad (or a spare set of AAs)
Re: Supply PS2 Peripherals?
"Wires in general are soooo last century for simple low bandwidth things like keyboards and mice..."
Rubbish. My laptop is entirely Bluetooth capable, but I still have a wired mouse. Why? No batteries. It's not like I'm ever going to take the mouse that far away from the laptop anyway, so why bother faffing around with batteries, chargers, batteries running out when you least expect it, etc.?
It's a Kitchen PC and the legacy ports exist to wire up a barcode scanner.
I'm just saying.