Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS Review
With the rise of desktops for every need, finding a winning machine for your specific need might be a tedious and confusing task. You need all the help you can find to help you make up your mind, especially if you’ve got no built-it-yourself experience. At this point, we expect every DIY-er to suggest the virtues of building your own PC. But hey, not everyone out there can whip out their screwdriver, rummage through an overwhelming number of components and come up with a neatly put together PC. And then there’s that whole other thing about the complexity of parts and anatomy of a system that newbies might find confusing! So, to be fair, let’s consider this system we’re reviewing today a great value system for users who can’t build one on their own. Today, we nitpick the Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS, a refresh of our all-time favorite Dell Inspiron 5675 from 2017. Dell refreshed the Inspiron 5675 that was AMD powered with updated Intel and Nvidia components including Coffee lake processor, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. Let have a look at it on the Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS review.
- Decent price
- Impressive design and aesthetics
- Powerful components
- Plenty of ports
- Smooth Full HD gaming performance
- Strong Intel i5-8400 (Coffee Lake) processor
- Ample storage (HDD and SSD)
- Highly configurable.
- Messy interior
There are a couple of decent components in the Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS including a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card and strong Coffee lake processor. These above all make this Dell Inspiron 5680 a prized possession for Full HD gaming and handling general tasks. While many DIY builders might vouch for building their own rigs, the configurable Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS should be a run-to-choice for shoppers looking for a plug and play machine.
Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS Specs
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Design and Features
A single glance of the Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS reveals just how identical this unit is to its predecessor Dell Inspiron 5675. And that’s a great thing because we loved the Inspiron 5675’s design and aesthetics. The whole system is made of a metallic case shrouded in a not so flashy silver shell. The bottom half has angled vents graced with deep Recon blue RGB lighting.
Measuring 17.23 x 8.5 x 18.07 inches (30.27 lbs) the Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS is a tower built to dominate your office desk space. You will have to get used to the large size so get ready to clear some more desk space for this beast.
Speaking of side panels, to get to the internal components, you will have to go through the side. To pop out the panel, you will have to go through a few screws meaning owning a Phillips screwdriver an advantage. A thorough visit to the inside reveals space for expansion. The cables are a strongly held back but the overall vibe is a bit cramped up with the cabling obscuring the components. Still, you can upgrade whichever part, cooling fan or graphics card, especially if you’re looking to boost performance. There are 2 x 3.5″ + 1 x 2.5″ bays for adding storage whenever you’re ready.
There’s a good blend of ports in this Dell Inspiron 5680 PC. You get a future-proof USB 3.1 ports and Superspeed USB Type-C ports. To be a bit more precise, the front section comes with SuperSpeed USB-C port, a SuperSpeed USB 3.1 port, two USB 2.0-A ports, and an audio jack (In total, there are four USB 3.1-A ports). Meanwhile, the rear side is home to a majority of ports. Around the back, you get four (4) additional SuperSpeed USB 3.1 ports, two extra USB 2.0 ports, a motherboard-video DisplayPort (different from the three DisplayPort connections and the HDMI port on the graphics card), an Ethernet jack, and audio lines.
It would have been great to have a front-facing HDMI port for VR, but its lack is still no deal breaker. Perhaps that’s something manufacturers should think of introducing.
Speaking of the graphics card, it also provides three Display ports, a single HDMI port which comes in handy for connecting to your desire external display/monitor of choice. The USB 2.0 ports are remarkable for connecting to your keyboard and mouse. For this PC, you get a Dell KB216 Wired English Black keyboard and Black Dell MS116 Wired Mouse.
Other connectivity options you can expect include a dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1.
As for warranty, the Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS and other Dell Inspiron 5680 configurations are supported by a one year warranty.
No Optical Drive
Our reviewed configuration doesn’t come with an optical drive which might not be such a bad tradeoff for many. However, if it is and you’re prone to using DVDs and CDs it’s a nice option to have. In fact, Dell included a separate configuration with an optical drive for users who might want that included. Also, Dell included two port options for each of the configurations. The optical drive version tower has a perk to it; a front facing USB Type-C for an extra $50 and bonus clear side panel to go with the case…a great deal if you asked me! The second comes without the Optical drive. Our unit, Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS is the best example of it.
Great Performance Owing to a Decent assembly of Components
If you’re one to fancy fast PCs with the latest in technology components, then you’ll love the Dell Inspiron 5680. It is fitted with the most recent 8th Generation processor with exceptional performance. Compared to its predecessor, the Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS gets its real prowess from its six cores (12 threads) processor making it a great fit for multithreaded tasks such as video editing. It’s no sloth in single core performance either.
As a result of the Intel Core i5-8400 processor success, the Coffee Lake series is widely being used as a bedrock for gaming machines for 2018. Our unit came with the 2.8GHz Intel Core i5-8400 processor, but with the option of higher Core i7 configuration. Intel intended this CPU as a rival to AMD’s mainstream processor, the Ryzen 7. It packs a base clock speed of 2.8GHz and 4.0 GHz turbo clock speed. On benchmark tests, it scored handsomely against its AMD arch nemesis with a CPU Average Benchmark score of 11,745 compared to AMD’s Ryzen 7 1700X score of 14,619.
Thankfully, its versatility doesn’t end there. It purrs through multitasking tasks thanks to the multi-core processor and the 8GB DDR4 memory. 8GB is good, however, we feel Dell should have gone the extra mile by providing this configuration with more memory capacity – at least 16GB. Fortunately, that’s a trade-off you can live with, and if not upgrade to 16GB in the future.
Dell managed to push in a healthy dose of both solid state drive and hard disk drive storage here. With the promise of 1TB mechanical drive and 128GB Solid State Drive, data hogs get plenty of storage to cover their data, movie and games collection and multimedia. Running software and apps is faster and the booting process reliably shorter.
With a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, the Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS is capable of running modern titles. Considering this GPU is made to handle 1080p it plays most AAA titles on Full HD without choking. The one caveat, however, is with the Nvidia 1060 graphics card. Because it does not support multiple graphics cards setup (SLI support). That means you can’t run multiple monitors playing high settings or for that matter 4K video. In this case, you would have to look for a Nvidia GeForce 1070 or 1080 GPU if your interest is assembling an excellent cockpit simulator. But that’s for an extreme case. For most cases, 1060 is a perfect GPU for most gamers. That’s because it hits both worlds of performance and budget price.
On gaming benchmark tests, this low powered graphics card delivered the great results for Full HD settings:
|CAll of Duty WWII||92.2 fps on high settings|
|Kingdom Come: Deliverance||74.6 fps on medium-high settings|
|Fortnite 2018||91.5 fps on high settings|
|Need For Speed Payback 2017||69.1 fps on high settings|
So, Is this Budget-friendly Gaming Desktop Worthy?
Thanks to the Coffee Lake processor, the whole Dell Inspiron 5680 has seen remarkable improvements in speed and performance compared to its predecessor Dell Inspiron 5675. Our reviewed unit, the Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS shines most especially in multi-core-dependent tasks. For instance, media projects and Full HD gaming (thanks to six cores, 12 threads).
Bottomline, the Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS is a beautifully designed PC that offers solid gaming performance with little compromises. You can expect impressive gameplay on Full HD (1080p settings), decent VR handling and an altogether remarkable blue background lighting. While the interior might need a bit of tidying up, plenty of storage and ports only sweeten the deal. If you have a little extra money on you, the Dell XPS 8930 offers better performance and components (Nvidia 1070), but for a bit more change.
Otherwise, if your main concern is budget, amidst the frenzy of cheap budget desktops in the market, the Dell Inspiron i5680-5842BLU-PUS is a great choice. It should satisfy your gaming needs for a good price.