- Editor's Rating
- Affordable - good value
- Fair performance
- Expansive port selection
- Reasonable upgradeability
- System emits annoying high-pitched noises
- Larger form factor
Quick TakeAt the end of the day, the Dell Vostro 260 Mini is a good business desktop to have; despite its conservative exterior, it has no problem powering through most office productivity software.
The Dell Vostro 260 Mini is a good business desktop at an extremely affordable price, starting at $299 at the time of the review. The desktop is 14.7×6.89×17.18-inches and weighs 18.08 pounds, which DesktopReview doesn’t consider “mini”, as it’s the same size as some desktops released 10 years ago. The Vostro 260 Mini is encased in a hard aluminum and has, as DR noted, a “decent built quality.” The aluminum cover bends somewhat easily, but not enough for it to become a problem. The outside is covered in black matte finish, which DR noted looks professional. Included with the desktop is a full-sized wire keyboard, a wired USB mouse, a power cord and product manuals. Monitor and speakers are sold separately.
DR noted the Vostro 260 Mini has a “ton of ports, inputs and connectors” and said that is a selling point for the device. The front of the desktop has four memory card slots, which are compatible with 19 different card types. Also on the front are two USB 2.0 ports, separate microphone and headphone jacks and an optical drive. On the back are six additional USB 2.0 ports, a power plug connector, lock slot, VGA, two HDMI outputs, Ethernet connector, RJ-45 10/100/1000 connector, line-in, line-out and microphone-in jacks. DR also noted that the Vostro 260 Mini “can be expanded and upgraded considerably,” with slots for upgraded graphics, storage and RAM.
The unit DR reviewed had an Intel-Core i3-2100 processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive and AMD Radeon HD 6450 Graphics. DR found the “overall system performance is about average” but noted the desktop can multi-task fairly quickly and efficiently and can run the majority of the office productivity suites. DR noted the hard drive “should be fine for business users” but that the storage capacity may become a problem after a few years, however, there is room for a secondary drive to be installed. DR found the only major flaw of the Vostro 260 Mini to be a high-pitched buzzing noise the desktop emitted whenever it was being worked. DR called the noise a “deal-breaker.”
Overall, DR found the Vostro 260 Mini to be an “extremely affordable desktop for small businesses” and noted “good performance at a lower cost.” DR was impressed with the expansive port selection and upgradability and combined with fair performance and slim $299 price tag, found the desktop to be a good value. The Vostro 260 Mini is a good computer for anyone looking for an affordable desktop for their small business.