Dell intros Optiplex 780 USFF, mini-PC with desktop parts

By Matthew ยท 14 replies
Dec 10, 2009
  1. Dell has announced the "world's first fully functional" mini-PC. The Optiplex 780 USFF (Ultra Small Form Factor) measures just 24 x 24 x 6.5cm. While that's larger than other small systems like Apple's Mac mini, the Optiplex 780 USFF takes an unconventional design approach: it primarily uses desktop parts.

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  2. I'm guessing it also uses those tiny proprietary power supplies that seem to drop like flies and cost a fortune to replace. Had to scrap two older mini HP systems because a new power supply would cost more than the whole computer was worth, if you could even find one to replace it with.
  3. pomonasi

    pomonasi TS Rookie Posts: 32

    in addition, i think the power supply would be external given that the case doesnt seem big enough to fit a standard psu.
  4. pkww2

    pkww2 TS Rookie

    All the new USFF systems are using the A/C adapter just like the one on notebook & netbooks (Aopen mini PC, etc), so replacement will be much easier. Not sure if this new Dell will do the same, if not, I will pass.. for sure.
  5. guyver1

    guyver1 TS Booster Posts: 110

    if you look at the picture you'll see the power socket is sticking out the bottom of the monitor stand, meaning the PSU is in the monitor stand base by the looks of it. This would explain why the bottom half of the monitor stand is so big and square.
  6. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    Wow Dell! You just put the U back in UhhhGLY!
  7. yuck.

    27" Apple iMac for Christmas for me please.

    A similarily configured 780 (if even possible) would probably cost more for twice the ugliness and 2/3 the OS (Win7 vs OSX Snow Leopard).
  8. saintbodhisatva

    saintbodhisatva TS Rookie Posts: 59

    not very pretty. something so bulky should have better configurable internal specs.
  9. BrownPaper

    BrownPaper TS Rookie Posts: 407

    Any person who buys an all-in-one unit like a Mac or this Dell is a *****.

    Build a real computer. Not these pansy Mac trash PCs.
  10. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    Not such a fan of the all in one machines like this either. Maybe for a computer lab at school or something. But for me, i like to be able to replace my monitor and not my whole computer at the same time :)
  11. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    Always gotta laugh when the Apple fans have to throw their hat into a topic that has nothing to do with their precious Macs... And when comments like @brownpaper's pop in. Sometimes people should actually read and think before they post.

    Seriously, only a "*****" (as you put it) would think that these are targeted at general consumers. Dell doesn't care if you want one for Christmas, or if you would rather buy a Mac - in fact, if you want a Mac, they don't want anything to do with you. What Dell DOES care about with this product is the corporate accounts - particularly the ones with deep pockets that are going to snap up hundreds (or thousands) of these units. They are tailor made for an office environment where you have a monitor taking up real estate anyhow, but don't want to have to deal with the tower and cable routing fun. Optiplex has always been a brand aimed more at enterprise customer bases than general consumers (like the Dimension, Inspiron, or XPS lines are). Just peeking at the basic specs would sort of hint that it's not exactly geared towards gaming or multimedia. And, @brownpaper, the whole point of THIS all-in-one is that it uses standard components, not custom crap you can't upgrade or fix yourself (as in a Mac or most other all-in-one PCs).
  12. The PSU is inside the system, not in the stand.
  13. I'd like to point out that it's technically not an all-in-one. It's an ultra small form factor. The monitor and computer can work independently of each other. The monitor stand is just designed to seat that particular USFF.
  14. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,332   +101

    Hence the name Optiplex 780 USFF :).
  15. Vrmithrax is so right. These are not for home users. It's like the fleet of cars that your local utility company likely owns and operates. They're not Audi S4s, are they? Probably some crappy chrysler product. Would that be YOUR dream car?
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