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Dell Reveals Atom-Powered OptiPlex 160

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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.

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