Dell's OptiPlex 7070 Ultra Zero-Footprint Modular Desktop Scoffs At Apple's $1000 Pro Display Stand

Opti 7070 Ultra
Dell has just unveiled a rather intriguing new desktop that is incredibly modular in design. Meet the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra, which manages to house a fully functioning PC within its display stand in a zero-footprint design. Dell is billing this hybrid all-in-one as the "world's most flexible commercial desktop".

So, why is Dell making this claim? For starters, both the display and the PC can be upgraded independently of one another. Up to three displays are supported with the system and they all can be swapped out at will. That also means that if for some unfortunate reason that you need to switch out a defective display, it's a simple affair that doesn't result in you having to ship the entire PC unit in (as would be the case with a traditional all-in-one PC).

Opti 7070 Ultra

Likewise, the modular PC portion of the standalone unit can also be changed out independently. Dell offers a wealth of processor choices ranging from an Intel Core i3-8145U at the low-end to maxing out with a Core i7-8665U at the high-end. Up to 64GB of DDR4-2400 memory is supported (2x32GB), while 2.5-inch HDD (up to 2TB) and M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs (up to 1TB) are supported. Given that space saving and compact nature of the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra, the only graphics choice that users have is the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620.

Despite the compact size of the PC unit, there's still room for three USB 3.1 (Type-A) and two USB 3.1 (Type-C) ports for external connections along with a single GbE network adapter.

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"Customer research shows companies like the ability to upgrade their systems. They also enjoy the aesthetics of the All-in-One," writes Dell. "Because customers tend to upgrade their computers more frequently than their displays, the independent upgradability of the Ultra brings the best of the traditional desktop and the All-in-One together into a single, new, innovative platform."

The Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra will be available starting September 24th priced from $749.