Dell Reveals Atom-Powered OptiPlex 160

No prizes for guessing what it is. It's even called the "Tiny Desktop Computer" for goodness sake.

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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