The OptiPlex 7050 Micro from Dell is nothing like any other desktop you have seen before. Chances are, if you are not looking closely enough, you might be staring right at the 7050 and still not see it. Dell has done to desktops what Elon Musk has done to rockets, made them completely different from what we are used to seeing.
In the case of the Optiplex Micro, Dell has taken the nomenclature seriously. The small CPU case can be tucked away behind the monitor or under the table. Leaving you with a clear workstation that you can rearrange anyway you deem fit. That doesn’t mean the Optiplex 7050 compromises on performance. On the contrary it comes loaded with top of the line specs and security. So without further ado let’s dig Dell’s newest desktop avatar.
Dell has designed the Optiplex to suit the needs of even the most power hungry users. The machine is powered by the latest Intel Octa-core 6th and 7th Gen processors. Dell recommends the Windows 10 Pro OS, but you can choose from a variety of Windows and Linux flavors as per your requirement. You can scale memory up to 32GB of DDR. Hard drives include a 2.5” SATA disk with up to 2000 GB capacity, a SATA solid state drive with capacity up to 512 GB and a PCIe solid state drive that can go up to 512 GB.
The machine comes with a host of ports including six external USB 3.1, one each of RJ-45, DisplayPort, HDMI, Universal Audio Jack, Line out and optional VGA and serial ports. It also includes an M.2 connector slot for a Wi-Fi card and another for a storage component.
Despite packing such a solid performance punch the machine is boxed in a tiny 18.2cm x 3.6cm x 17.8 cm chassis and weighs a lightweight 1.17kg.
The Optiplex has literally been designed to be invisible. It comes with a Micro All-in-One Stand and enclosure that lets you secure your PC directly on a wall or under a desk. The chassis also features a tool-less design and a removable side panel provides access components such as drives and memory. The case construction of the OptiPlex 7050 is steel, though the front cover and air grate is plastic. The port configuration varies based on your requirements. On the back panel are a total of six USB Type-A ports. To their right is the Ethernet jack, and above the USB ports are dual PS/2 ports. Also on the motherboard are a serial port and a headset jack. Internal wireless is an optional feature on the OptiPlex.
Dell has paid special attention to the security features of the Optiplex range of machines. It bundles both hardware and software security into its machines. The Optiplex range includes Trusted Platform Module6 TPM 1.2 or 2.0, Dell Data Protection| Encryption, Microsoft Windows Bitlocker, Local HDD data wipe via BIOS (“Secure Erase”), Encryption – SED HDD (Opal FIPS), Chassis lock slot support, Lockable Port Cover, Chassis Intrusion Switch, D-Pedigree, Setup/BIOS Password, Optional Smart Card keyboards, Intel Trusted Execution Technology, Intel Identity Protection Technology, Dell Secure Works, BIOS support optional Computrace7 and Intel Software Guard eXtensions.
With the Optiplex Micro, Dell has dragged the desktop into the 21st century. The machine allows the end-user to optimize their workspace, customize their machine and work in an environment that is built to be secure against malicious attacks.