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Dell Reveals Atom-Powered OptiPlex 160


Dell Reveals Atom-Powered OptiPlex 160

Its name rather betrays what the Dell OptiPlex 160 Tiny Desktop Computer is. You guessed it, it's a desktop computer that is, as it happens, pretty small. Think of it as a business-orientated Eee Box. As such Dell oddly enough suggests the OptiPlex 160 is "designed for space-constrained offices."

That Eee Box similarity extends inside the OptiPlex 160, too. Just take a look at the specs:

  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom 230 (dual-core Atom options from next year)

  • Up to 4GB DDR2 667MHz RAM

  • 80GB, 160GB hard drive, 20GB or 64GB SSD

  • Optional external DVD drive

  • 87 per cent efficient PSU

  • Windows Vista and XP options.

As well as offering a pretty decent set of upgrade options - enough to make the OptiPlex 160 into a pretty capable machine once dual-core Atom chips arrive - Dell also touts the system's power and, thus, cost saving abilities. An 87 per cent efficient power supply is certainly a step in the right direction while SSD options and that low-power Atom chip make two more.

With its tiny 2.09kg weight and equally small 47mm x 229mm x 225mm (WxHxD) dimensions the OptiPlex 160 is, Dell reckons, equally and ideally suited to being laid flat on a desk, stood vertically or even mounted behind a monitor that has a VESA-mount.

Prices start from £329 ex. VAT and spiral upwards as more options are added (£250-odd for a 64GB SSD anyone?).

Press release.

Dell OptiPlex 160 product page.


December 11, 2008, 10:11 pm

I understand the need for lower power general computing at work 'terminals' (email,word processing, company server stuff in IE) but people who might want to use these as home machines, i think the atom is below acceptable performance, the netbook i tried with the atom could not properly manage a youtube video, when it wasnt running anything else. Reminded me of my old PIII which is gathering dust, near to it's burial now.


December 11, 2008, 10:21 pm

Considering an Eee box costs ~&#163195 inc. VAT, seems a tad overpriced to me.


December 11, 2008, 10:45 pm

Judging by the picture that's the price for two ;)


December 12, 2008, 5:08 am

I bought an atom 330 based tranquilpc with 2GB for my daughter and am very impressed - Vista with Aero, Office 2007, FF3, no problem. As soon as I can get reasonable graphics subsystem my ancient big box is going.


July 10, 2014, 5:58 pm

I think you should check your bandwidth before blaming the computer

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