- Affordable - good value
- Fair performance
- Expansive port selection
- Reasonable upgradeability
- System emits annoying high-pitched noises
- Larger form factor
At 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 is an extremely affordable desktop for small businesses. Dell states that the Vostro 260 is an “essential” machine, meaning it provides just the right amount of power to get the job done. Read our full review to find out if this could be the next desktop that can handle your every day computing needs while at work.
Build and Design
The Dell Vostro 260 is not a small desktop, even though Dell calls it the “mini tower” model (there is a “slim” model as well that is actually quite slim). When compared to desktops that came out 10 years ago, though, not much has changed in terms of how large it is. It measures in at 14.17 (height) x 6.89 (width) x 17.18 (depth) inches and weighs a little over 18 pounds. So, I wouldn’t exactly call that mini.
Structurally, the entire desktop is encased in a hard aluminum. Overall, the build quality is decent. The material will help the tower stay nice and cool. The aluminum cover bends somewhat easily, but not easily enough to be a problem. The entire outside is covered in a professional-looking black matte finish.
What’s in our box:
- Dell Vostro 260 Mini desktop
- Wired full-sized keyboard
- Wired USB mouse
- Power cord
- Product manuals
Inputs and Expansion:
Simply said, the Vostro 260 has a ton of inputs, ports, and connectors; which is slightly surprising considering its price tag. On the front of the desktop there lies four memory card slots, compatible with a total of 19 card types (SM, xD, CF/MD, SD/Mini, MMC/RS, MS/Pro/Duo); users will find that no matter what card type they need to pull photos and files off of, the Vostro 260 will be able to handle it. The desktop also has more than enough USB slots for flash memory and the like, for eight in total (two USB 2.0 on the front and six on the back). Also on the front are separate mic and headphone jacks, and near the top is a DVD-Multi optical drive with CD-RW functionality.
Most of the inputs, though, are on the back, as is the standard. There are three fans/exhaust vents, a connector for the power plug, a lock slot, six USB 2.0 ports, VGA for hooking it up to an external monitor, two HDMI for hooking it up to an HDTV, Gigabit Ethernet connector, RJ-45 10/100/1000 connector, line-in, line-out, and microphone-in. Optionally, users can add PS/2 for the keyboard and mouse.
The Vostro 260 is can be expanded and upgraded considerably for a business desktop at this price point. To get inside, remove two screws and slide the cover down (it was as simple as it sounds). There are three slots for PCIe x1, one slot for PCIe x16 (graphics), one empty 3.5-inch internal bay, and two empty 5.25-inch bays (for additional storage). Two drive bays are already taken by the 320GB hard drive and the DVD-Multi optical drive. There are also two slots for RAM, both of which are taken on our system, for a total of 4GB. It’s recommended that you read the product manual before installing hardware or working on the computer.