The Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra hides a PC inside its monitor stand

First Look: Dell's Tiny OptiPlex 7070 Ultra Fits Entirely Into a Monitor Stand

First Look: Dell's Tiny OptiPlex 7070 Ultra Fits Entirely Into a Monitor Stand

The AIO system not only puts the "system" component in a new place - the arm of a monitor stand - but Dell has made the system component modular, allowng system modules to be swapped in and out as needed, and has further done the same for the display panel as well. While Dell has not specified exact pricing for the various configurations of the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra, a Dell spokesperson has told us that average price for the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra will be $749, though some configurations will cost more or less, depending upon the exact mix of components. The OptiPlex 7070 Ultra solves the same general problem, but it has the potential to be even more flexible. Meet the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra, which manages to house a fully functioning PC within its display stand in a zero-footprint design. As more organizations move to open floor plans, they're looking for technology that maximizes desk space, employee productivity and IT investments.

Multiple publications were able to get some hands-on time with the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra and more than one described the mechanism as finicky or quirky although once you get the hang of it, it does work reliably.

While the stylishly integrated design of the stand won't be available on other monitors, Dell has a simple stand that mounts the unit to one side of the display's universal VESA mount. Up to 64GB of DDR4-2400 memory is supported (2x32GB), while 2.5-inch HDD (up to 2TB) and M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs (up to 1TB) are supported. A single cable can be used to transmit power, data, video, and audio with compatible monitors. Furthermore, every component inside the module except the CPU can be upgraded, which may not be that important for OptiPlex's target audience that buys directly from Dell, but which provides some additional flexibility for value-added resellers. The OptiPlex 7070 Ultra pops in and out easily, and it includes a surprisingly robust amount of ports for such a tiny PC. The entire compute module sits inside a housing in the monitor stand and can be removed for replacement or upgrading purposes.

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The "ultra" in the name of the desktop could be seen as standing for "ultra compact".

What follows are five key things to know about Dell's OptiPlex 7070 Ultra. Meanwhile, corporate customers will certainly take advantage of modularity of the platform.

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