Introducing the Dell OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One System Performance Screen unique Build, Heat, and Power Consumption Conclusion: Curtailed by the Display

Introducing the Dell OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One

The all-in-one market is a tough nut lớn crack, both for the vendors và in many ways for the press as well. Táo bị cắn dở sidestepped the landmine entirely by simply making the iMac the only desktop they offer in those price brackets; if you want a comparatively inexpensive Mac you simply buy an iMac. Windows users have a lot more choices, though, & those choices are now growing with all-in-one entries into the enterprise market from HP, Dell, & Lenovo.

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On the bench today is Dell's just-launched OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One, targeted very specifically khổng lồ business và enterprise applications rather than consumer. Much lượt thích the very tiny Lenovo ThinkCentre we recently reviewed, the OptiPlex 9010 AiO is designed lớn serve chất lượng purposes beyond use as a garden variety computer terminal. The questions after that become: is it up to snuff with Dell's other commercial offerings, và are they trying to lớn create solutions to lớn non-existent problems?


Before getting into the OptiPlex 9010 AiO itself, it bears answering the question: what purpose does an all-in-one serve for business & enterprise applications that can't be served just as well by pre-existing solutions? Dell targets the OptiPlex 9010 specifically at kiosk use, at smart displays, but also at mass deployment in businesses & schools. While an all-in-one may not be ideal for home users who may have a little more space, real estate could very well be at a premium in a library or office. These use cases have to be kept in mind when evaluating the 9010's design, which I would argue is paramount even over its performance.

Dell OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One Specifications
ProcessorIntel chip core i7-3770S(4x3.1GHz, Hyper-Threading, 3.9GHz Turbo, 22nm, 8MB L3, 65W)
ChipsetIntel Q77
Memory2x4GB Samsung DDR3-1600 SODIMM (Max 2x8GB)
GraphicsIntel HD 4000 (16 EUs, up to lớn 1150MHz)
Display23" LED Matte 16:9 1920x1080 TN panel
Hard Drive(s)Samsung PM830 128GB SATA 6Gbps SSD
Optical DriveDVD+/-RW writer (TSSTCorp SN-208BB)
NetworkingIntel 82579LM Gigabit EthernetIntel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 802.11a/b/g/nBluetooth 4.0
AudioRealtek ALC269 HD AudioStereo speakersHeadphone & mic jacks
Front SideWebcam
Right SideOptical drivePower button
Left SideHeadphone và mic jacks2x USB 3.0SD/MMC/XD/MS Pro card reader
Back SidePowerVGAHDMIEthernet6x USB 2.02x PS/2
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
Dimensions15.2" x 22.6" x 2.7"38.6mm x 57.4mm x 6.8mm
Weight22.08 lbs (incl. Stand/16.8 lbs without)10 kilogam (incl. Stand/7.6 kg without)
ExtrasWebcamFlash reader (MMC, SD/Mini SD, MS/Duo/Pro/Pro Duo)USB 3.0Intel vPro
Warranty3-year parts and labor, on-site service

What you're looking at in the table is pretty basic. The OptiPlex 9010 AiO isn't itching for connectivity or performance; in fact the Ivy Bridge-based Intel bộ vi xử lý core i7-3770S & its accompanying HD 4000 graphics hardware might actually be on the side of overkill for a machine lượt thích this one. There's a nugget of truth to lớn the notion that we're at the point where CPU performance is far, far beyond what most users actually need, & I have to lớn admit I have a hard time imagining a situation where a user would need a CPU as powerful as the i7-3770S in an all-in-one. In terms of more flexible, more general use I wonder if an AMD Trinity-based processor wouldn't be a compelling option, although you chiến bại out on Intel's vPro among other things. It's food for thought và I certainly won't ding Dell for including such a powerful, efficient processor in the 9010 AiO, I just wonder if it's not at least a little excessive.

The 8GB of DDR3 is copious, but memory is so inexpensive that I'd be peeved if they cheaped out here (Apple...). I'm actually happy to lớn see they outfitted our nhận xét unit with a 128GB SSD courtesy of Samsung. SSD prices have fallen lượt thích rocks over the past year while the flooding in vương quốc của những nụ cười coupled with arguably anti-competitive mergers have made the value proposition of mechanical storage less compelling. For the purposes of a system lượt thích this, an SSD is pretty much ideal; serious đoạn clip and photo editors shouldn't be caught dead using TN panels in desktops, taking much of the need for capacity out of the equation.

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Unfortunately, that TN panel is a bit of a sore spot. It's not terrible (as you'll see later on), but viewing angles are pretty mediocre và it's definitely not as good as some of the TN-based discrete monitors that can be purchased in the marketplace. Dell also has a habit of obfuscating the sources/models of their displays, too, so I can't provide any information as to lớn where it came from.

System Performance Introducing the Dell OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One System Performance Screen unique Build, Heat, & Power Consumption Conclusion: Curtailed by the Display