Dell splashes color onto the Inspiron desktops


Behold! Dell's new Inspirons come in a range of colors, again reminding the world that its days of gray 'n' beige are slipping into history for good. But are they the right colors? To my eye, almost all of them are a shade too clever by far, reminding me of odd names seen on paint swatches at Home Depot. Dell at least gave them relatively plain names (Piano Black, Pure White, True Blue, Formula Red, Tangerine Orange, Spring Green, Plum Purple and Promise Pink), sparing us the likes of "cognac" and "palm frond."

I would have picked these for my summer correction:


Dell's press release, with specs, is after the jump.

· Dell’s new Inspiron desktop lets people express themselves through choices of color (eight options), size (slim or mini-tower) and configuration.

· Vivid color palette to express your personal style: Piano Black, Pure White, True Blue, Formula Red, Tangerine Orange, Spring Green, Plum Purple and Promise Pink.

· Dell becomes the only major consumer desktop manufacturer to offer color options for the entire front of the machine.

· Customizable options to meet individual’s budget, lifestyle and usage needs.

· Ideal for common tasks including email, Internet, blogging, entertainment (movies, music and casual gaming) and productivity.

· Features available on the new Inspiron desktops include:

o Intel® Celeron®, Intel Core™ 2 Duo and Intel Core 2 Quad options or AMD Sempron™, Athlon™ X2 and Phenom™ X4 processor options

o Integrated Intel or ATI Radeon™ graphics* on select systems with discrete graphics options available

o Up to 8GB* memory on select systems

o Up to 750GB* storage (slim tower) or up to 1TB* storage (mini-tower)

o Optional 19-in-1 media card reader and optional HDMI connectivity

o 6 USB ports (2 front, 4 back)

o Dual optical options (mini-tower only) including Blu-ray Disc™ drive

o Small form factor with its versatile horizontal or vertical placement is designed to easily fit into your home media center (slim tower only)

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  1. “Promise Pink” is Dell’s term for their pink models that are bundled with a donation to the Susan G Komen foundation. It is to cancer what the Product Red stuff was (is?) to AIDs.

    As for this lineup, it looks fairly promising to me. Not going to take the high end by storm, by any means; but they are generally solid for the money and look reasonably decent. Especially once you factor in their habit of bundling decent LCDs for very, very low prices, Dell makes a killer low end desktop.

  2. i wish to apologize, gloria. i am doing a research project for my computers and society class, in which we are discussing trolls. i recently read an article on boing boing and their ability to “disemvowel” their inappropriate comments

  3. I love your color correction Rob (they look like candy!), but if their target is designing them “to easily fit into your home media center” the wallpaper colors are a smart move.

  4. I’ve seen a Dodge Neon in approximately the same shade as their “Spring Green”. I stared at it for about ten minutes, wondering who wanted to own a car that looked about the same shade as my urine did after taking too many multivitamins.

  5. #9: No, no, the new yellow model he added still reflects as purple. Rob obviously gave that one some expensive color-changing paint.

  6. Actually, to me, their pink, blue, and purple are quite nice, and their red and orange are OK (although I prefer yours). However, I can’t forgive them that awful, pea soup green that seems to be the “it” thing right now… ugh.

  7. I have a laptop in spring green. It’s actually a quite nice shade of green in person, but it’s somewhat metalic and shiny so it photographs rather poorly. Just about matches my Swiss Army laptop bag (which they don’t seem to make anymore).

  8. …What this says to me is that the marketing goons who prevented Dell from doing cases other than charcoal or ivory back when the “Ferrari” cases were being introduced are no longer there. These were the same marketing bozos who kept Dell from producing a system that would have been a TiVo almost two years before TiVo became available.

    Granted, the colors are gaudy as hell, but if it means that a group of schmucks are no longer employed at Dell, then I’ll take three of them…

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