Dell Optiplex 9010 AIO Review
The Dell Optiplex 9010 All-in-One desktop brings Windows 8 and touch capability to offices large and small.
- Solid processing performance with Intel Core i7 CPU.
- The 23-inch touch screen has 1,920-by-1,080 resolution.
- Limited graphics capabilities.
- Small 128GB solid-state drive.
Though Windows 8 and new touch-enabled PCs have largely been seen in the consumer space, fewer equivalent business PCs have come out. Well, Dell is here to help fix the problem with the new Optiplex 9010 AIO, an all-in-one touch-screen desktop made for offices large and small. Compared with, say, graphics-oriented workstations it may not impress, but it’s still a powerful system. With a Core i7 processor and speedy solid-state drive, the Dell Optiplex 9010 is fast and offers solid performance at a price that even small businesses can afford, making it our Editors’ Choice for all-in-one business desktops.
Design and Features
The 9010’s design places an emphasis on the touch-capable monitor, which offers a 23-inch TN panel with a 1,920-by-1,080 resolution that looks good from most any angle. The touch-screen offers 10-digit input, and the entire display is covered with edge-to-edge glass. The OptiPlex 9010 features the same dual hinge stand seen on the mainstream consumer Dell XPS One 27 Touch($2,199.99 at Dell) (Opens in a new window) . The two-hinge design allows easy adjustment of both height and angle, letting you position the screen just so—an important feature for any system that has you reach out and touch the screen now and then.
The chassis is utilitarian in its looks, but not unpleasantly so, with rounded corners, a glossy black bezel around the display, and a chin below that contains the system’s Realtek HD Audio speakers. Above the display is a built-in webcam, but it comes with a twist—it swivels, letting you shutter the camera when not in use.
Dell XPS One 27 Touch
The OptiPlex 9010 also comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse. The two peripherals use a wireless USB receiver, slipped discreetly into one of the USB 2.0 ports on the back of the PC. While many typists will want to switch these out for their preferred mouse and mechanical keyboard, the bundled devices will do the trick just fine.
On the rear panel you’ll find the power connector, VGA out and HDMI out for connecting to a second monitor or HDTV, Gigabit Ethernet, six USB 2.0 ports, and two PS/2 ports for use with older keyboards and peripherals. The PS/2 ports are especially helpful in business settings, where important equipment may only be available with older connections.
Ports on the back are numerous but not necessarily convenient. The back connector panel is located directly behind the dual-hinge stand, which necessitates turning the entire PC around to access many of the ports, as well as requiring more complicated cord management. Ideally, these ports could be shifted to the sides, or placed on the base. Already found on the sides of the chassis are two USB 3.0 ports and a tray-loading DVD+-RW drive.
Inside, the OptiPlex 9010 AIO features Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 wireless networking, Bluetooth 4.0 + HS for all of your headset and phone pairing needs, and a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD). While the drive may offer zippy performance, the overall capacity if fairly small for a work machine, with only 77GB of free space available. This is despite the fact that aside from Windows 8 Pro, the only additional software installed on the OptiPlex is Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, CyberLink Media Suite, Dell’s Backup and Recovery tool, and a brief tutorial «Getting Started with Windows 8.» While offices that store things on a shared server won’t worry much about it, those who rely on the SSD for programs and file storage may feel the pinch sooner than expected. Dell covers the OptiPlex 9010 AIO with a three-year warranty and free on-site service.
The OptiPlex 9010 offers solid performance, thanks to a 3.1GHz Intel Core i7-3770S quad-core processor and 8GB of RAM. It’s the same processor found in the Lenovo ThinkCentre M92z($2,199.99 at Dell) (Opens in a new window) , and Dell’s mainstream XPS One 27 Touch. The resulting performance is superb, completing PCMark 7 with 4,306 points, putting it well ahead of most business AIO competitors, like the Lenovo M92z (3,872) and Lenovo Edge 91z (1,948), not to mention giving it a solid lead over the previous Editors’ Choice, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M71z($2,199.99 at Dell) (Opens in a new window) (2,134). Cinebench scores were equally impressive, with the hyper-thread quad-core processor producing a score of 6.98 points, nearly matching the top performers in the category, the HP Envy 23-d060qd TouchSmart($2,199.99 at Dell) (Opens in a new window) and the Lenovo ThinkCentre M92z (7.06 and 7.00, respectively).
The one area where the OptiPlex fell through was graphics. The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 provide a solid solution for professionals who don’t depend upon design or modeling programs, but our tests show that anyone needing to run CAD or a similar program will need to look for something with a discrete card. Despite the lack of graphics horsepower, the OptiPlex 9010 should still perform well in multimedia tasks, as it cranked through Handbrake in 33 seconds and Photoshop CS6 in 3 minutes 31 seconds.
Whether for a small business or a large corporation, the Dell Optiplex 9010 AIO offers the best of Windows 8, merging solid performance with intelligent design and full-featured touch capabilities. As such, it replaces the Lenovo ThinkCentre M71z as our latest Editors’ Choice for all-in-one business desktops.