ONLY A WEEK AFTER DELL announced a slew of devices at Computex in Taipei, the firm has announced a line of all-in-one (AIO) desktop machines for businesses, the Optiplex 3030 and Optiplex 9030.
With a name that sounds like it should be a toothbrush, the Dell Optiplex 3030 is touted as "clutter free", as it features an all-in-one chassis and is powered by a fourth generation Intel Haswell processor. Boasting a high resolution 23in capacitive touchscreen, the Optiplex 3030 can be preloaded with either the Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Ubuntu Linux operating system.
Unlike most all-in-one designs these days that feature an oversized tablet design on a stand, both the Dell Optiplex 3030 and Optiplex 9030 look like standard computers. The Optiplex 9030 features the same design but with a slightly better set of specifications featuring a fourth generation quad-core Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, multi-touch features and integrated HD graphics.
The design also includes a rotating screen and dual monitor capability, making it not only Dell's thinnest Optiplex all-in-one, but flexible enough to be used in cramped office spaces.
It will ship with a Microsoft Lync certification for collaboration, optional discrete graphics providing what Dell claims will be "double the power of the previous generation" and Dell Prosupport software to provide 24 hour support to IT departments.
Dell said, "More than 200,000 new malware variations are being developed daily and many of these are being created to target midmarket and small businesses. This means that enterprise level security is no longer solely the domain of Fortune 500 companies, but needs to be a vital consideration for every organisation, business and institution." The firm added that it has built in a range of security features into the Optiplex line to fight such threats.
Heightened security features include a lockable port cover, lock slot support, as well as access to Dell Data Protection services including the firm's Protected Workspace scheme, which provides malware protection.
"And it is the first device to receive third party certification from UL Environment for using closed loop recycled plastics," the firm added.
The Optiplex all-in-one launch comes just a week after Dell denied the recurring claim that we are in a post-PC era, saying that the personal computer is "alive and vibrant" despite everyone else in the industry thinking the opposite.
During a press announcement at Computex in Taiwan, Dell VP of the personal computing product group Sam Burd said on stage that "the PC era is still alive" and blamed industry pundits for getting carried away with the idea that technology now relies on being mobile. µ