The Inspiron 531 was notable for being one of the first desktop PCs of the entry-level Inspiron line, which technology company Dell Inc. used to replace the Dimension family in 2007. Since there was already a laptop PC line branded Inspiron, the debut of machines like the Inspiron 531 eventually led to a merging of both models as the company's mid-level line-up by the end of the decade. The Inspiron 531 had a starting manufacturer's suggested retail price of $709, with an additional $180 for a 19-inch widescreen LCD monitor
Operating System, Processor And System Memory
Each Dell Inspiron 531 desktop PC came pre-installed with Microsoft's Windows Vista Home Premium operating system. This is a step up from the Home Basic edition, indicating that Dell wanted to give users a little more bang for their buck concerning the 531 as an entry-level computer. The processor was also rather impressive: a dual-core AMD Athlon 64 X2 with a processing speed of up to 2.9 gigahertz.
System memory was usually 512 megabytes, a gigabyte or 2 GB, although users could expand it to a maximum of 4 GB. The memory read access speed was 667 MHz or 800 MHz, and it used the second generation of synchronous dynamic random access memory (DDR2 SDRAM) architecture.
Dell Inc. usually configured the Inspiron 531 with a hard drive that contained storage space no larger than 500 GB. In addition to the large amount of disk space, the manufacturer had it spin at an industry-topping speed of 7,200 revolutions per minute. The optical drive was also highly advanced: a CD/DVD burner with dual-layer disc support, with some models adding Blu-ray compatibility.
Dell eschewed the option of a motherboard-integrated graphics controller on some models in favor of a dedicated, more powerful graphics card courtesy of Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices subsidiary ATI. All machines, however, received an integrated 7.1-audio channel-supporting Realtec ALC888 sound driver.
Networking And Connectors
Each Dell Inspiron 531 had a 56 kilobits per second fax/data modem, 10/100 megabits per second Ethernet card and Wi-Fi wireless connectivity. The desktop's connectors included the RJ-11 and RJ-45 for the modem and Ethernet; eight USB 2.0 ports; VGA port for the computer monitor; and audio jacks for headphones, microphones and recording devices.
Physical Characteristics And Power
The Dell Inspiron 531 was designed as a silver-and-black tower, with a weight of 28 lbs. Its physical dimensions were 14.2 inches in height, 6.7 inches in width and 17.1 inches in depth. The computer relied on a 300-watt DC power supply, which dissipates up to 162 W of heat.