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5 Things To Know About Dell's New OptiPlex 7070 Ultra

Dell is debuting a new ‘zero-footprint’ form factor in the OptiPlex desktop line with the launch of the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra.

Dell Technologies Tuesday unveiled a new breed of all-in-one PC for the workplace with the launch of the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra.

The PC takes the compact desktop concept to a new level by offering a form factor that is small enough to fit entirely inside the back of a monitor, offering a "zero-footprint" desktop PC design.

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"Thirty-five years ago, Dell disrupted the way PCs were made and delivered to the world," said Dave Lincoln, vice president of fixed computing at Dell, in a news release. "With the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra, we are changing the category again, with an innovative desktop solution that’s hidden in plain sight.”

What follows are five key things to know about Dell's OptiPlex 7070 Ultra.

Modularity 

Dell said that the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra is a "first-of-its-kind" PC that enables the aesthetics of an all-in-one PC, but with an upgradeable, modular approach. The Ultra can be paired with Dell P Series USB-C Monitors and Dell's Height Adjustable Stand, the company said.

Because the Ultra can be easily removed, it can be swapped out, upgraded or serviced as needs arise for the user.

Monitor stands that integrate the Ultra can also offer enhanced physical security to thwart attempts at tampering, Dell said.

Size

The "ultra" in the name of the desktop could be seen as standing for "ultra compact." The OptiPlex 7070 Ultra is just 0.78 of an inch thick with a width of 3.8 inches and a height of 10 inches—for a total volume of only 26.6 cubic inches.

That small size enables the desktop to essentially disappear into the back of a display stand. The PC also weighs just 1.4 pounds.

Performance

Even with its small size, the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra does not sacrifice on performance.

Processor options consist of eighth-gen Intel Whiskey Lake processors, topping out at the Core i7-8665U (quad-core, clock speed of up to 4.8GHz). The Core i7-8665U and one other available processor for the Ultra, the Core i5-8365U, also include Intel vPro.

For memory, the Ultra offers a range of options, starting at 4 GB of RAM and reaching up to a massive 64 GB of RAM.

On storage, up to 1 TB of NVMe SSD and 2 TB HDD are available in the Ultra, Dell said.

Display Options And Ports

The Ultra can support up to three displays, ranging from 19 inches to 27 inches in size, Dell said.

Ports include Ethernet; two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports with DisplayPort; two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports with PowerShare; and USB 3.1 Gen 1 with SmartPower.

Price And Availability

On pricing, Dell disclosed that the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra will have an average price of $749. The company did not disclose further specifics on pricing.

The OptiPlex 7070 Ultra will be available Sept. 24, Dell said.

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