A few months ago, Dell announced the Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra. Then, we saw it in person a little later. And now, we finally have it in our hands – or at least, on the table. The new Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra is an interesting take on an existing category of devices. And I think this is so special, that we need to talk about it.
However, this is going to be a different form of our typical review – since the form factor and the idea is different.
I think the Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra is a unique device as it takes a completely reimages the form factor of “all-in-one” desktop PCs, or AiO for short. Over the years since the first AiO was released, it pretty much looks the same. Everything is integrated into the display.
Conventional AiO computers come with one problem – upgradability, or the lack – perhaps the difficulty of it. It’s not easy to handle a fragile large display to do some upgrades. It’s time-consuming and quite risky. If the hardware is outdated, then there is no way to upgrade its internals. If their display doesn’t support external input from other devices, then sorry – it’s obsolete.
The Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra reimagines the concept of how an AiO computer should be. They smartly integrated the Intel NUC form factor into a monitor stand. With that in mind, the hardware can be swapped out easily – or even upgraded if you want to.
You can easily slide off the cover and reveal the SO-DIMM slots, or swap in another M.2 2230 SSD. It’s quite a difficult form factor of an M.2 SSD to find – but hey, at least the option is there.
Since it is a Dell product anyway, you can opt in to get a Dell monitor and snaps right into the monitor stand. We have the P2419HC monitor here, but we can actually swap in my personal Dell U2913WM monitor, or just about any other Dell monitors.
But you can also use other monitors with a VESA mount as Dell also included all the necessary mounting hardware with the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra. Thank you for that, Dell.
This Dell monitor stand also comes packed full of features like any other Dell monitors – height adjustment, tilt, and swivel. You can even rotate the monitor by 90° if you want to use it that way.
With that said, the Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra is meant to be used in offices. It doesn’t have the best in class performance – because that is not the intended demographic. On the brains of the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra itself we have:
- Intel Core i5-8365U
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB PCIe Gen 3 x4 NVMe SSD
And that’s all we need for our office use when we get the news out to you guys, anyway. It can run Chrome, some lightweight Photoshop, play music, and some YouTube into the mix while we’re working. I mean – this whole review is typed out using the Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra!
Just for giggles, here are some benchmarks. Once again, this is not meant to be a performer.
The Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra also comes with a bunch of high-speed I/O ports, as shown in the video:
- Security screw
- K-Lock slot
- Combo audio jack
- Activity LED
- USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C with DisplayPort alt mode
- USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A Port
- USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Port with DisplayPort alt mode and USB-PD
- Power jack
- USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A Port with Smart Power On
- USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A Port with Smart Power On
And the inclusion of USB Type-A ports with Smart Power On is important so we can wake the device up with our keyboard or mouse. Then, the USB Type-C ports have DisplayPort alt mode so that it can save space, output to a display, and use the monitor’s USB ports at the same time!
One of the Type-C port also comes with a USB-PD – which we couldn’t get to work because the monitor that we got only outputs 60W whereby the Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra requires 65W. If we have a monitor that can output at least 65W, then we don’t even need to use the power brick for the Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra.
And that brings us to the conclusion of this “review”. It’s rare for us to see a company going out of their usual way and develop something completely different. Dell deserves a lot of praise for its reimagination of the AiO form factor of PCs as it is now modular, easily upgradable, and the parts are easily swappable. It reduces cable clutter and saves space, too.
I don’t think the price matters much since the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra is meant to be used in offices of enterprises and there is nothing else like this device for now. For those who are curious, the Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra starts at RM3,049.