Introduction, Design Features
Large desktop towers competence have been a corporate hallmark behind when Office Space hit theaters, yet these days, it’s all about maximizing workspace. No some-more squabbling over staplers; today’s bureau is open and minimalist.
With that has come a pierce to smaller desktops in a office; fewer folks need a hulk on their table to get work done. Most tide business desktops can be looped into one of 3 stretch classes: micro, small-form-factor (SFF), and tower, from smallest to largest. Micro desktops, such as a HP Z2 Mini G3 Workstation, are good if lots of memory and inner storage aren’t needed. If we wish to have assuage inner enlargement on tap, that’s where a SFF building comes in. And for wise all else, such as a prop of drives or a full-size video card, we can always step adult to a loyal tower.
Dell’s new OptiPlex 7050 desktop line is a loyal smorgasbord of sizes, as it is offering in all 3 flavors. We’re privately looking during a 7050 Small Form Factor (SFF) indication in this review, yet one peek during a photos ought to tell we that we’re not customarily doing a mechanism itself. Bundled in with a examination section was Dell’s OSS17 all-in-one (AIO) mountain and a relating 23.8-inch InfinityEdge monitor. The mountain acts as a guard stand, and it has a hilt niche for a 7050 SFF PC’s physique itself, holding a PC behind a monitor. Together, it’s effectively a DIY AIO computer, yet many of a stipulations that typically go with an AIO. Don’t like a screen, or wish a bigger one? That’s not a problem; simply detach a panel, and implement any VESA-compatible guard adult to 27 inches in size. Try to do that with a normal AIO.
If you’re selling on Dell’s Web site, we might notice that a OptiPlex 5050 SFF looks utterly matching to a OptiPlex 7050 SFF seen here. That’s since a extraneous designs and altogether underline sets of a twin units are tighten to identical. We mock-built an OptiPlex 5050 SFF with a matching turn of specifications as a 7050 SFF, and a disproportion in cost was customarily underneath $100.
So since offer twin models? The reason to spend a tiny additional for a 7050 SFF over a 5050 SFF is that a former offers a choice for Intel vPro remote-management support. Unless we need a toolset offering by that technology, saving a few bucks and removing a OptiPlex 5050 SFF is substantially a approach to go. Note that we pronounced “option”: You still have to compensate additional for vPro on a OptiPlex 7050, so you’re unequivocally customarily profitable for a ability to opt for it in a initial place.
Dell also offers an OptiPlex 3050 SFF. It shares a same altogether pattern of a 5050 and 7050 SFF models, yet it doesn’t have a expandability. Dell doesn’t offer it with a choice for a Core i7 quad-core processor, for example. Nor is it offering with a second storage drive, some-more than 16GB of RAM, or improved than an entry-level AMD video card. It’s arrange of like selling for a car; a models you’re looking during don’t differ all that much, yet we have to ante adult for a aloft trim turn if we wish a good stuff. The 7050 SFF is a tip trim.
The closest foe for a OptiPlex 7050 comes from a HP EliteDesk 800 G3 SFF. We couldn’t find a custom-configurable version, as we could for a Dell, yet a HP configurations we did find were labelled unequivocally closely to Dell’s pre-built models. Likewise, a Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 (the newer M910 wasn’t nonetheless accessible as we wrote this) was labelled tighten to a Dell and HP offerings. From a practical window-shopping spree, we can customarily interpretation that a preference to go with any of these machines won’t be formed off cost alone. What we’re going to do in this examination is see what sets a OptiPlex 7050 detached from a rest. (As we can substantially guess, being means to hang it behind a guard is one of a large things.)
The trim and neat extraneous of a OptiPlex 7050 SFF looks like it was conceived, born, and lifted in a corporate office…
It could also fit in good adequate in a home office, if a engineer looks of a consumer desktop like a Gigabyte Brix aren’t your thing. Note that a OptiPlex 7050 comes in several form factors; a one you’re looking during here is a SFF tower. As we mentioned, this indication is also sole in a Micro design, that is smaller than a SFF and matching in coming to a OptiPlex 9020 Micro that we reviewed some time back. The SFF measures 11.4×11.5×3.7 inches. By comparison, a OptiPlex 7050 Micro is customarily 7.2x7x1.4 inches, yet we scapegoat expandability and estimate power. The OptiPlex 7050 building is on a other finish of a scale, during 13.8×10.8×6.1 inches. The breadth is substantially a many poignant disproportion between a SFF and a tower. The SFF is customarily over half as wide.
You will have beheld by this indicate that a OptiPlex 7050 SFF is pulpy into an all-in-one (AIO) stand. Should we not opt for a stand, we can asian this desktop station upright, or prosaic on a side. If it’s on a side, we could put a guard on tip of it, and a footprint wouldn’t be all that opposite than it is in a stand.
The box construction of a OptiPlex 7050 SFF is steel, yet a front cover and atmosphere abrade is plastic. The pier pattern adult here will change according to how we configure it. A flash-memory-card reader wasn’t benefaction on a examination unit, yet Dell offers one as a $25 option. Our section did have Dell’s discretionary slim visual drive, a DVD burner that combined $35 to a unit’s price. The remaining ports adult here enclosed a headset jack, a span of USB Type-A 2.0 ports (one ancillary sleep-and-charge), a USB Type-A 3.1 port, and a USB Type-C 3.1 port...
On a behind quarrel of a 7050 SFF are a sum of 6 USB Type-A ports. The 4 with a blue insert on a tip quarrel are chronicle 3.1, while a reduce twin with black inserts are a bequest chronicle 2.0…
To their right is a Ethernet jack, and above a USB ports are twin PS/2 ports. Also on a motherboard is a sequence pier and a headset jack. The motherboard’s HDMI video-out, as good as twin DisplayPort connectors, were active, notwithstanding a fact a examination section had a dedicated AMD Radeon video card. The latter exists mostly to supplement another twin DisplayPort connectors.
Internal wireless is another discretionary underline on a OptiPlex 7050 SFF. The Intel 8265 label in a section assigned a PCI Express x1 slot. We were unhappy by this arrangement, since it requires a included, puck-like dual-antenna section to be connected to achieve serviceable wireless range…
The cord is copiousness long, yet we’d cite not to see a cord during all. Most of a desktops we exam that embody inner 802.11 wireless, even some of a smaller business ones like a HP Z2 Mini G3 Workstation, have integrated wireless antennas that discharge a need for an outmost antenna.
The enclosed cable-management cover adds 4 inches to a length of a OptiPlex 7050 SFF. It’s sincerely easy to fasten into a edges of a desktop, and a switch during a tip allows we to close it in place. You’ll need to devise forward with your wire management, as all needs to be routed by a hole on a one side. (That’s a side confronting a monitor, in a pictures.) It can be wily to jam all into a cover and still get it latched onto a behind of a unit.
A Dell InfinityEdge U2417HA 23.8-inch guard was bundled with a examination unit, adding $319 to a price. Only a quarrel itself was included, along with a VESA joint for general mounting. The joint wasn’t indispensable to snap onto a OptiPlex OSS17 all-in-one (AIO) stand, also enclosed with a examination unit. The mountain was a $119 extra, bringing a sum cost of transforming a OptiPlex 7050 SFF into an AIO mechanism to $438 over and above a cost of a desktop itself.
No collection are compulsory to mountain a guard to a stand; it simply clicks into place on a VESA bracket. Dell says that LCD panels adult to 27 inches are supported. Getting a OptiPlex 7050 SFF into a mountain is elementary and tool-free. Facing a front of a stand, a desktop slides in left to right, behind finish first. The cutouts in a mountain finished for a desktop’s rubber feet meant it can be extrinsic customarily a scold way.
The InfinityEdge U2417HA guard measures 23.8 inches diagonally. This guard has a razor-thin 8.3mm arrangement bezel, lending it an roughly borderless appearance. The Dell trademark during a bottom of a arrangement is roughly comically tiny to fit in a accessible space. So as not to boost a stretch of a bezel, a monitor’s energy and control buttons are underneath a monitor, during a reduce right.
The quarrel has a 1080p (1,920×1,080-pixel) resolution, and a 60Hz modernise rate, both customary for a quarrel of this size. We’d design no reduce or higher. Reflections off a aspect were minimal, interjection to a anti-glare coating. The monitor’s design peculiarity looked good to us. This guard isn’t designed for color-sensitive work, yet Dell specifies it covers 99 percent of a sRGB gamut. The “UltraSharp” underline on a guard means it has far-reaching observation angles, pleasantness of IPS quarrel technology. It’s a good underline to have, generally if you’re in a conditions where mixed people are looking during a arrangement from opposite perspectives.
As we can see from a array of photos here, a AIO mountain allows for a decent operation of lean adjustment…
That operation of composition is built into a AIO stand, not a quarrel itself, so you’d have that capability with any guard quarrel we insert to it. The mountain technically has a pivot adjustment, too, as we can pierce a whole section from side to side yet a whole lot of effort.
On a OSS17 mountain are energy and Ethernet pass-throughs on a back. This prevents we from carrying to lizard cables to a behind of a desktop. Just to a right of this, there’s a clinch loop for security.
One other engaging underline of this mountain that we roughly didn’t notice is a slide-out lift handle. (That is, detached from a “OSS17” name; we consternation either someone in a Dell hierarchy had a bit of view caprice in mind?) The hoop is located during a tip of a stand, customarily behind a monitor. It does work, yet carrying a whole appliance around is not an superb affair. If we make a robe of transporting it, a 27.8-pound sum weight of a setup means you’ll be on a quick lane for Arnold-sized biceps.
The AIO mountain works well, overall. It’s a some-more stretchable choice than a customary AIO computer, where you’re stranded with a guard it comes with, and a expandability is customarily limited. The concede with a AIO mountain and a OptiPlex 7050 SFF is a depth. Taking into comment a energy cord adhering out a behind of a stand, a smallest abyss we totalled with this section on a table was 12 inches. (That’s a stretch from a wall to a front of a monitor.) It physically can’t be any reduction than that. To see if this would work for you, examination by holding your guard and putting it 12 inches divided from your wall. By comparison, Dell’s OptiPlex 7450, a loyal 24-inch AIO, has a abyss of customarily 2.5 inches.
No rodent or keyboard comes customary with a OptiPlex 7050 SFF, yet Dell’s KM636 wireless keyboard and rodent set, a $35 add-on, was enclosed in a cost of a examination unit. Both inclination are unremarkable, yet that they are wireless is important. With an AIO setup, you’ll wish to minimize a wires that need to go into it. The KM636 setup has a advantage of requiring customarily a singular USB receiver, tiny and easy to keep out of sight.
The keyboard is a slim model, with low-profile, island-style keys. The lightweight construction is all plastic. Small rubber pads on a underside keep it from relocating around too much. It has no tractable feet, so this keyboard always sits pointed a few degrees off a surface.
The keys have a satisfactory, if generic, movement and make minimal volume of sound when pressed. The one good thing about a blueprint is that we get dedicated volume controls to a left of a series pad. LED indicators for Num, Caps, and Scroll Lock lay to a right. The indicators seem like an considerate fact yet aren’t always benefaction on a battery-powered keyboard. The keyboard takes twin AAA batteries, that are included.
The wireless laser rodent is powered by twin AA batteries. It has a decent volume of heft, as a result. The left- and right-click buttons operated as we approaching they would. The corkscrew circle has a grippy finish, and we can feel pointed notches as we scroll.
The KM636 wireless keyboard and rodent set is typical in each clarity of a word yet delivers a essentials for removing genuine work done. At $35, it’s not accurately inexpensive, when we cruise that Dell offers a USB connected keyboard and rodent with a OptiPlex 7050 SFF for collectively underneath $10. As we stated, though, carrying a wireless setup with an AIO pattern is value a additional expense.
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The OptiPlex 7050 SFF is entirely configurable from a factory. The middle-tier pattern that Dell loaned to us for examination was $1,246 for a building and a keyboard/mouse combo, up-configured from a bottom cost of $759. With a AIO mountain and monitor, a sum cost of a section was $1,706.
Center theatre on a inside of this SFF is an Intel Core i5-7600 “Kaby Lake” CPU. It’s a second-fastest Core i5 quad-core sole as of this writing, and it enclosed Intel’s vPro remote-management support in a config. Unlike a accessible Core i7-7700 quad-core CPU, however, it doesn’t support Hyper-Threading technology. The Core i7-7700 does, permitting it to routine adult to 8 threads simultaneously, compared to 4 with a Core i5-7600. This would customarily unequivocally come into play in digest and encoding scenarios; for many tasks, a Core i5-7600 is unequivocally potent. It has a 3.5GHz bottom clock, and it can strech a galloping 4.1GHz in a Turbo Boost mode.
The bottom OptiPlex 7050 SFF has integrated Intel HD 630 Graphics, yet a examination section enclosed an AMD Radeon R7 450 4GB graphics card. This $126 ascent doesn’t yield many in a approach of 3D horsepower, yet it does get we another span of DisplayPort connectors, if you’re looking to use a 7050 SFF in a multimonitor scenario.
Memory enlargement is one of a strengths for a OptiPlex 7050 SFF. Despite not being a full tower, a motherboard supports adult to 64GB of RAM around 4 DIMM slots. Two of them were populated by 4GB DDR4-2400 sticks in a model, for a sum of 8GB of RAM using in dual-channel mode.
Storage enlargement is a categorical scapegoat you’ll make with a OptiPlex 7050 SFF contra a building version. The SFF indication has yet a singular M.2 Type-2280 (80mm) slot, and a normal 3.5-inch brook for SATA drives. Our examination section had a 256GB 2.5-inch SSD commissioned in a caddy in a 3.5-inch bay, withdrawal a M.2 container empty.
Getting to a internals of a OptiPlex 7050 SFF is a tool-less exercise. After unlocking a fasten during a behind of a unit, a cover slides off in that direction. The inside is pretty good organized…
The slim energy supply during a bottom of a section was a 180-watt 80 Plus Bronze approved model. Just above it is a half-height AMD Radeon R7 450 video card. You’ll be singular to video cards of a stretch (they are few and medium in power), should we wish to ascent down a road. On tip of a video label is a Intel 8265 wireless label in a PCI Express x1 slot.
The notebook-style centrifugal fan is for a CPU. The 3.5-inch expostulate enclosure is to a right, housing a 2.5-inch SSD, as we noted. Getting a caddy out of there involves pulling a blue shave on a left side, afterwards hinging it to a right.
The 4 DIMM slots for memory are underneath a 3.5-inch cage. Access is a somewhat drawn-out process. The front bezel of a desktop, a essence of a 3.5-inch expostulate bay, and a visual expostulate all need to come out first. The whole enclosure afterwards hinges towards a tip of a unit. It’s still a tool-free process.
A solid tide of comfortable atmosphere radiates out a behind of a OptiPlex 7050 SFF. The cables pulpy inside a wire government cover seemed not to block a airflow. We had difficulty conference anything inside this desktop in anything detached from sum overpower in a room. The low-profile fan on a AMD Radeon R7 450 video label in a examination section indeed finished adult many of a sound footprint, yet it customarily came on when we were using complete 3D applications. Even then, we had to be listening for it.