Dell introduces new compact desktop PC

Dell has updated its line of slim consumer Dimension desktop PCs with a multiformat expansion card reader, the first time such a...

Dell has updated its line of slim consumer Dimension desktop PCs with a multiformat expansion card reader, the first time such a feature has appeared in a Dell PC.

The Dimension 4700C is the first Dell PC to come with an optional media card reader that supports eight different expansion card formats. Other PC suppliers, such as Gateway and Hewlett-Packard, have offered such an option for some time.

Dell's 8-in-1 memory card reader allows users to move pictures stored on Compact Flash expansion cards in digital cameras or files on a personal digital assistant's Secure Digital cards to their PCs. This can be an easier way to swap files between devices without having to connect cables or set up wireless connections.

The 4700C is a small form factor PC that measures only 13in high by 4in wide by 14in deep. Dell's other Dimension PCs are a little taller and deeper, but are almost twice as wide. The 4700C replaces the 4600C, Dell's first small form factor desktop.

Small form factor PCs have generated interest among desktop buyers who want something smaller and quieter than the traditional heavy desktop chassis.

Apple Computer's latest iMac design integrates the PC chassis into the display for an extremely compact system, and other suppliers have released models that integrate the motherboard into the base of a system's display. Many suppliers have released systems similar to the phone-book sized specifications of the Dimension 4700C.

Dell's new system comes with Intel's Pentium 4 520 processor at 2.8GHz, 512M-bytes of DDR2 (double data rate 2) memory, a 40Gbyte hard drive, a DVD-Rom drive, and a 17in CRT (cathode ray tube) monitor for $999 (£553). The system costs $1,059 with the 8-in-1 media card reader feature.

Four of Dell's five Dimension PCs now come with Intel's latest chipsets, now that the 4700C is available. The 4700C uses the Intel 915G chipset, which includes integrated graphics along with support for the PCI Express interconnect technology as well as DDR2 memory and advanced audio capabilities.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service

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