Dell has launched a new mini-desktop computer called the Inspiron Micro. It’s about the same size and price as a Dell Chromebox, but the Inspiron Micro runs Windows instead of Chrome OS.

Prices start at around $180.

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Dell offers several different models with a choice of Intel Celeron J1800, J1900, or Pentium J2900 Bay Trail processors.

Each model features 2GB of RAM, 32GB of solid state storage, dual-band 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0. The computers have Ethernet jacks, HDMI and DisplayPort, one USB 3.0 ports, three USB 2.0 ports, and an SD card reader.

The computers ship with Windows 8.1 with Bing 64-bit software, but they should all be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 when the update is available this summer.

I found the Dell Inspiron Micro at a few different pages on the Dell website, so it looks like there are a few different places to check to find the best price on the model of your dreams. Note that some of these prices include discounts from the normal list prices, so the total cost could change:

There’s also a page showing higher list prices, but lower sale prices running between $176 and $353.

The Dell Inspiron Micro looks like it’s targeting the same segment of the market as the recently-launched $180 HP Stream Mini, which has an Intel Celeron 2957U Haswell processor. HP also offers a higher-powered Pavilion Mini with a choice of Intel Pentium or Core i3 Haswell processors for $320 and $450, respectively.

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10 replies on “Dell launches Inspiron Micro Windows mini-desktop for $180 and up”

  1. The big question is: are these models truly fansless? Or are they -just like those NUC and Brix models- including a shameless fan?

  2. as abig fan of the Inspiron Zino boxes back in the day, im happy Dell is movin back into the space

  3. That Celeron 2957U in the HP unit (and also the base chip in all current Chromeboxes) is a good size step up from those J parts. Would be maybe interesting at $125 but not at these prices.
    Not even sure I’d be into it that cheap since Asrock just announced they have a similar unit coming with next gen chip and better connectivity in about a month. No prices out yet but I’d certainly wait to see.

      1. The J1900 (1885) and J2900 (2046) seem to be better than the Celeron 2957U (1498) in benchmarks, but the 2957U (1498) is better than the J1800 (1054) . Of course benchmarks don’t always translate to difference in real work performance… yada yada yada
        (Passmark benchmark in parenthesis)

        1. The Jx900 are quad core while the Celeron is dual core so Passmark rates them higher. In the real world, unless you have a heavily optimized multithreaded application, the 2957U would feel slightly snappier, I’d say. All of them are adequate for what they are intended for…

          1. thanks for that info. I have my eyes on the HP Stream Mini.. I was going to wait until a good quad core android stick to come out to buy as a computer for my parents, but I think the HP Stream Mini is a better option.

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