Dell Inspiron 546 makes waves at Dell, Walmart
The OEM's vehicle of choice for delivering that experience is the Inspiron 546. We don't normally cover the launch of a mainstream desktop line, but Walmart is currently running a fabulous deal that's worth a mention. Last week, we discussed how Wal-Mart was moving forward with a $298 laptop, and today it's the desktop's turn. For $798, you can buy an Inspiron 546 powered by an AMD Phenom X3 8450 with 8GB of RAM, a 640GB HDD, and a 24" Dell S2409W LCD. The LCD itself doesn't come with a lot of built-on extras, but its 1920x1080 resolution is solid and the online reviews are positive.
Hopefully Dell's comments on multimedia performance reflect more than a momentary tryst with the other CPU manufacturer. Intel's integrated graphics are second-rate citizens compared to what both AMD and NVIDIA offer, and it's high time a major OEM noticed. The upcoming line of Core i7 / i5 processors could make new trouble for AMD, but Intel still has plenty of Core 2 parts left to sell, and it's unlikely that the OEM will move swiftly to push Core i5 into the budget-oriented market.