Businesses that tend to upgrade their PCs on two-, three-, or four-year cycles have a bit of a conundrum when it comes to replacing their all-in-one desktops: The screen portion is likely perfectly fine when it comes time to replace the PC bits a few years after they bought it. With the new OptiPlex 7070 Ultra, unveiled this week, Dell aims to let them replace just the PC and keep the screen.
This tiny PC completely disappears into a slot in Dell’s custom monitor stand, unlike existing OptiPlex mini PCs, which clip on to the back of a monitor using a VESA mount. The OptiPlex 7070 Ultra pops in and out easily, and it includes a surprisingly robust amount of ports for such a tiny PC.
It’s hardly the first such solution to let businesses enjoy all-in-one style without the waste of replacing an entirely usable screen when it’s time to upgrade. HP introduced its modular EliteOne concept a few years ago, which lets IT departments separate the screen from the PC components in the base using tools. The OptiPlex 7070 Ultra solves the same general problem, but it has the potential to be even more flexible. Besides the fact that it’s easily concealed in the monitor stand, you can also pop off the cover in a few seconds to upgrade and service select components.
OptiPlex 7070 configurations will be available on Sept. 24 with a starting price of $749. Let’s take a visual tour of the concept.