ARN recently had the opportunity to spend some time with Dell’s updated range of business PCs, which have been optimised to work with Microsoft’s upcoming release of Windows 8.
OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One
The XPS One 27 All-in-One may have been released only a few months ago, but Dell has already seen fit to upgrade it with the OptiPlex 9010.
Optiplex is Dell’s corporate and enterprise brand, so the 9010 has numerous business orientated features that the XPS One 27 does not have.
On the hardware level, the big addition to the OptiPlex 9010 is multi-touch capability in the screen for use with Windows 8.
The addition of the feature is not just for the new OS, but Dell expects it to future proof the product and add to product lifecycle.
The OptiPlex 9010 comes with numerous brackets that allow for different positioning of the screen.
A lot of the stylistic design choices for the OptiPlex 9010 come from the XPS One 27, so Dell has taken an “if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it” approach with it.
The XPS One 27 took a lot of its design cues from the iMac range, which is not a bad thing at all, and the OptiPlex 9010 looks just as nice as the XPS offering.
The draw for businesses is the Dell software and support included with the computer.
It comes with numerous security features, such as Dell data encryption software so that the computer’s data can be protected in case someone tries to access it.
Dell expects the OptiPlex 9010 to last eight months on the market with no change in the product by the vendor to reduce concerns of obsolesce at businesses.
The vendor’s support consists of three years next business day on-site service.
While targeted at the office, the OptiPlex 9010 is also positioned as a work PC for home for its secure setup.
Latitude 10 tablet
The Latitude brand is used by Dell for its corporate mobile computing, and the Latitude 10 tablet is squarely aimed at this market.
Running on Windows 8, the tablet feature’s Intel Atom processor for x86 computing, setting it apart from other proprietary tablets on the market.
The Latitude 10 is pitched towards those who are looking for a tablet that can easily integrate into enterprise space, as well as existing applications can be put on it.
Expandability is positioned as a draw for the tablet, with full USB and micro USB ports, mini HDMI, and a SD card slot.
To add to the lifecycle of the product, Dell has made the battery in the Latitude 10 removable.
Businesses worried about how recyclable a tablet will appreciate the ability to separate the battery from the computer at the end of its lifecycle.
With the removable battery, Dell expects the lifecycle of the Latitude 10 to be three or more years.
The manageability, security and support for the Latitude 10 is the same as other Dell business products, which expected to add to the appeal for business customers.
Latitude 6430u Ultrabook
Dell’s Ultrabook offering for the business space borrows a lot from its own XPS line that came out earlier this year.
The vendor’s first enterprise branded Ultrabook has been designed to be durable with a trimetal chassis, as was demonstrated with a drop to the floor from waist height.
A trackpad is included, but also comes with a tracking point on the keyboard, which is absent on the XPS line.
The Latitude 6430u Ultrabook comes with a wireless dock that Dell initially started pushing with another product almost two years ago.
Unlike the XPS line, this enterprise Ultrabook has a removable battery that is aimed at extending the life of the product.
Dell briefly showed off the XPS Duo 12, a notebook which turns into a tablet by simply flipping the screen.
While the vendor already experimented with this form factor with the Inspiron Duo, it was not launched in Australian market and the XPS Duo 12 will be the first product to feature the capability.
Despite the XPS branding, Dell expects the product to find a home with both consumers and business users.
Flipping the screen between notebook and tablet orientation was smooth, and Windows 8 was easy to use in either format.
Dell also briefly showed off its 23 inch monitor with full multi-touch capability, which can be connected to notebooks or PCS with a USB 3.0 port.
The screen is aimed as the main choice for desktop computers, as well as for notebooks that may lack touch capability and/or want more screen real estate.
The screen comes with a built-in web cam and speakers for added functionality, and the screen looked and performed similarly to the one used in the OptiPlex 9010.
Dell is also testing the market with a 29 inch super wide U2913WM monitor that is aimed at graphics professionals who need the wider view for work.
The monitor is also expected to appeal to businesses working with spreadsheets, such as the financial sector, though the screen will likely also find a home with video game and movie enthusiasts.
While the computers are set to be released soon, no launch dates for the screens have been set, though Dell expects to release them formally before the end of the year.