Honey, Dell shrunk the business laptops! Dell is expanding its OptiPlex 3020 and 9020 lines of business desktops with new “Micro” models that measures just 7.25″ x 7″ x 1.3″ and weigh about 3 pounds.

You can easily attach these little desktops to the back of a monitor, hide them under a desk, or even stuff them in a desk drawer, I suppose.

The Dell OptiPlex 3020 Micro PC is available for $499 and up as part of a launch promotion. The starting price could go up by 35 percent at the end of September. OptiPlex 9020 Micro prices start at $729 during the same promotion.

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An entry-level OptiPlex 3020 Micro features an Intel Pentium G3240T processor, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB of storage. But models with Core i3 and Core i5 Haswell chips are also available.

The OptiPlex 9020 Micro is available with an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 Haswell processor, up to 8GB of RAM, and a choice of a 500Gb hard drive or 128GB solid state drive.

All models feature Intel HD graphics, 2.5 inch drive bays, DisplayPort and VGA ports, 6 USB ports, Ethernet, and 3 year basic warranties.

Dell’s new mini-desktops aren’t exactly the first small form-factor desktop computers on the market. But they’re the smallest Dell has offered to date.

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9 replies on “Dell launches OptiPlex Micro mini-desktops for enterprise”

  1. One minor annoyance with the 3020M/9020M models. The (only) audio-out jack appears to be on the front panel. I suppose digital audio-out is provided over the DisplayPort but that presumes you have a monitor with speakers.

    1. This is probably because the newer Dell speakers are all USB+audio over a single USB cable.

  2. Dell’s version of the NUC… looks very bad-ass looking. 65W AC/DC adapter is external (not included in the case). I really liked how the newer ultrasharp monitors have the power supply built into the monitor… just use any 3 prong cable. No innovation here.

      1. You know what’s interesting? By default, Dell puts Windows 7 Pro on all these little guys and not Windows 8.1 (though it is an available customization).

        1. And they’re lucky they do. I wouldn’t buy Windows 8 for my company, ever.
          Many OEMs offer Win7 to businesses still, and it doesn’t look like that’s going away soon.

          1. That’s how I feel too. I’ve had plenty of tiffs with Win 8 and 8.1 fans who tell me Enterprise IT loves Windows 8.x. I just cringe, shake my head, point and laugh. At least Dell’s learning.

          2. My IT department installs Windows 8 on devices with touchscreens by default unless you request Windows 7 (most people don’t). Of course, I have a non-touchscreen desktop with Windows 7 and RHEL 6.

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