Dell's first big foray into Retail partnerships has been announced and the lucky bride to be is Wal-Mart. The offspring is the Dell Dimension E521 and early reports are not favorable to the firstborn.
A note in the PCWorld review says about the machine "The system simply isn't up to running games: In Doom 3, it managed a skimpy (and unplayable) 6 frames per second at a resolution of 1280 by 1024 pixels. It also choked when we tried to play a DVD movie and convert an MP3 file simultaneously; the video became jerky and unwatchable." and yet on the Dell website we have an anonymous reviewer telling us the following... "This system screams - as a gaming computer it has totally changed my gaming experience - as a computer for projects and papers it has drastically improved my productivity." Well, this guy is playing pacman or somebody is pulling our leg on this one, and I don't think it is PCWorld!
I will say Bravo though, to Michael Dell for trying to bring computing to the great unwashed.