It would not be a Dell unless it has several configurations
and the ability to customise completely using its build your own option. Dell also offers Qantas Business Rewards
and has flash sales for online orders.
Let’s look at the basic configuration options
Intel Core i5-8500 or i7-8700 (35W T-version or 65W)
8 or 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz
PCIe NVMe x4 to 2TB M.2 SSD and 2.5-inch SATA
Windows 10 Pro (Ubuntu 16.04)
Flash sales price ranges from $1163 to about $1700 but remember there is no monitor and only a basic
USB keyboard and mouse. Still, its surprisingly good value.
Overall this is an Intel
reference device which is great for
firmware and driver updates. And Dell has its Command Centre as well for other
The real advantage to the Dell OptiPlex 7060 Micro is its connectivity.
For a small form factor it has ports to burn plus you can option it up further.
USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 10Gbps (note not ALT DP
5 x USB-A 3.0 5Gbps (1 front with PowerShare/4
2 x Display Ports 1.2
1 x 3.5mm combo audio (front)
1 x Line-out (front)
3rd DisplayPort or VGA or HDMI 2.0b
1 x USB Type-C Alt Mode
1 x Serial and PS2
You will note that the
standard USB-C port on the front does not appear to support ALT Mode for DisplayPort,
power and data. Dell lists a $38.50 option which we suspect uses the options expansion
slot. If you plan to run a USB-C monitor,
you will need this.
Processor and Passmark
We love the choice, and
the 35W T-version is no slouch either. The 65W version is $22 more.
Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 supports DisplayPort
displays at up to 4096×2304@60Hz.
All have TPM 2.0, and
most have VPro and full 64-bit virtualisation for running virtual machines.
There are two DDR4-2666MHz slots. It comes with one x 8GB, or you can get one x 16GB for $198 more. The
processor will handle more ram (32GB), and
its dual-channel system means its
slightly faster with two sticks.
The Toshiba M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD recorded 1564/651MBps sequential
read/write and very good figures for
larger random read/writes. It’s not the fastest, and there is an option of a Class 40 SSD for $20.90 more.
Realtek ALC3234 and 2W speaker. You can enable Dolby Access for
headphones by a Microsoft Store codec purchase.
The review unit came with an Intel Wireless-AC 9560, Dual-band 2×2 with MU-MIMO and Bluetooth 5 with an external antenna. We like the AC 9560 module, and its performance is excellent. At 2m from our reference D-Link AC5300 router it achieves 866Mbps and a 6m is 760Mbps.
Our unit has a 19.5V/4.62 (90W) supply and the full version
Intel 65W processors come with a 130W brick.
Keyboard and mouse
The standard corded keyboard and mouse remind me why I use Logitech G series Bluetooth mice and mechanical keyboards.
It’s not that the Dell is bad, but they are by no means fit for my commercial use. The key throw is a generous 3mm, and the actuation force is 50g. Keys are well spaced, and the arrow keys are separate. The mouse needs a mouse pad.
Del has an amazing
array of online service, upgrade and repair guides – the most comprehensive I
Access is via a single
knurled knob and slide-off cover. User,
replaceable items include 2 x slot RAM, M.2 and 2,5 SSD, Processor, WLAN M.2
card, coin battery and fan. Ten-out-of-ten.
GadgetGuy’s take – Dell OptiPlex 7060 Micro – good things come in small packages
It offers whisper quite a
performance (the 35W unit as tested) in a book-sized
PC with all the ports. I would have liked to try the USB-C Alt Mode option, but we can wait until this device comes
standard with Thunderbolt 3 – awesome for
For an SMB user it is a no-brainer. If you have existing monitors just buy the box and select Dell warranty options (3-years is standard, but you can get more).
For a home user it is a fully-fledged PC with Bluetooth, and more so you could use it as a PC, media
What I am impressed with is
Dell’s website and comprehensive customisation options.