The two latest Dell OptiPlex All-In-One (AIO) devices for PC Labs have won the Editors’ Choice Awards.
The latest Dell OptiPlex 7760 All-in-One (priced at $ 1,289; $ 1,983 under test) continues Dell’s dominant AIO desktop series. At roughly the same price as last year’s award-winning 24-inch model, the OptiPlex 7760 delivers a larger 27-inch display and better performance. The OptiPlex 7760, as we tested it, boasts an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and sufficient 16 GB of RAM, and the entry-level Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics card is equipped with a 4K display. A compact chassis, great display, and high performance are smart choices for Windows-based creative departments that have little space.
Thigh, Thigh … 4K!
The OptiPlex 7760 will not impress you with its balanced corporate appearance, but its functional design should allow you to have fun and comfortable work in front of it for many years. The system is trimmed with dark gray and black plastic; no aluminum or chrome highlights decorate the body. Instead of such attention-grabbing details, a clean utilitarian design is used: a simple stand on which a large 27-inch 4-inch system display is installed.
The stand may not stand out, but it offers a greater degree of flexibility, allowing types of creatives to position the panel in exactly the same way for detailed graphic work. The stand offers 4 inches of height adjustment, tilts 30 degrees back and 5 degrees forward and rotates 45 degrees in any direction. Most AIO stands provide only tilt adjustment. You can also rotate the display 90 degrees in portrait mode. The system measures 15.3 by 24.2 by 2.3 inches (HWD) without a stand, and the stand itself is 11.3 inches wide and 10 inches deep.
Without any flourishing design (apart from “flexibility” as flourishing), the show’s star is the large 27-inch 4K display. The panel with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels provides a four-times resolution of the panel Full HD (1080p); these added pixels provide a larger screen area, smoother text, and more detailed graphics. Photos and other graphic images looked like a razor and remained sharp even when zoomed in for detailed editing. However, if you need the maximum possible number of pixels to work, the 27-inch Apple iMac (5210 by 2880 pixels) and Microsoft Surface Studio for $ 2999.00 at Microsoft (4500 by 3000) have panels with a higher resolution.
Another difference that needs to be noted: touch or lack of touch. Dell offers touch support on some OptiPlex 7760 models with native 1080p panels, but models with 4K panels lack a touch screen. Anyone who works in a brightly lit office environment will appreciate the anti-glare screen and wide viewing angles on this IPS contactless panel. (Dell also offers a ton-1080p screen option.)
Reassigned Ports, One Target Storage
Ports and connections abound on the OptiPlex 7760 All-in-One. On the left edge are conveniently located an SD card slot, a headphone jack and two USB 3.1 ports of both types: the older Type-A and the newer, smaller Type-C, which supports USB 3.1 Gen 2.
Last year’s 24-inch OptiPlex all-in-one had ports on the rear panel that were hard to reach, hidden to the side and facing down. The rear ports on the OptiPlex 7760 are much easier to access. They are not directed down but pass horizontally through the rear panel. The array includes DisplayPort and HDMI ports, four USB 3.1 ports (all of Type A), an Ethernet connector, an audio output connector, and a power connector.
Unlike last year’s 24-inch OptiPlex All-in-One, the OptiPlex 7760 does not have an optical drive. Dell, however, allows you to add an external DVD burner for around $ 35 when setting up your system.
It is true that the system offers tool-less input, but the back panel is difficult to pry off. I discovered oysters that fought less. I managed to remove the back panel, but not without pain in my fingertips. I was just happy that I managed to do this without breaking any of the hard plastic latches that hold the back panel in place. [Later, Dell turned to us to explain that there is a way to make it easier to remove the back cover: remove the stand, then press the tab on the metal plate that allows you to slide the cover-up. – Ed.]
Dell offers several storage options for the OptiPlex 7760 All-in-One; In my review, there is a 256 GB PCI Express NVMe M.2 SSD that prefers speed overcapacity. Other options include traditional hard drives up to 2 TB in size and hybrid devices with up to 2 TB hard drive accelerated with 16 GB of M.2 Intel Optane Memory as a cache. Dell also offers dual-drive devices with a solid-state drive with a full boot disk in combination with a large-capacity discrete hard drive, although you will need to take care of navigation in the configurator to view them; First, select the M.2 drive as the primary drive, and you will see the option to add an additional hard drive. (You can also perform such an update yourself.)
The Dell test system sent 16 GB of memory, which helped it pass our tests and participate in multitasking without slowdown and with the rare inclusion of a cooling fan. Windows 10 Pro comes standard with a wireless keyboard and mouse. Dell provides a three-year on-site service guarantee after Dell has tried remote diagnostics.
(All-In) one powerful performer
The choice of components for the OptiPlex 7760 is a huge buffet expanding the choice of processors. Dell offers Core i3, i5 and i7 processors from the eighth generation of Intel processors. Our test system uses the Intel Core i7-8700, a six-core chip with a base frequency of 3.2 GHz and a turbo frequency of 4.6 GHz. Our tester also shows the updated Dell graphics for this model as a 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. This is an entry-level Nvidia GPU; gamers will not drool because of this, but this provides a significant increase in business graphics compared to Intel integrated graphics on the 4K panel.
Compared to other high-performance, business-oriented multifunction devices here, the OptiPlex 7760 All-in-One was the only one to complete our hand-brake video encoding test in less than a minute (and it was convenient, for 48 seconds). He also took first place – far ahead – in the Cinebench R15 CPU test, but he had to be content with second place in our Photoshop test after last year’s OptiPlex 7450 All-in-One for $ 1,560.00 at Amazon.