Dell goes green with new OptiPlex business PCs

Dell unveiled a broad spectrum of products at a launch event in Monaco today, including new PCs and a printer, but the most surprising product of all is a suite of online learning courses.

Dell goes green with new OptiPlex business PCs

The courses are aimed at beginners with topics such as using email and digital photography. This may not be of direct interest to a typical computer magazine reader, but if you find yourself the unofficial technical support guru for friends and family, direct them to

Prices start at £9.99 for a year’s course, but they can try two courses for free for 90 days.

Many of the products won’t be officially unveiled until later this month, including the printer, but two we can reveal are the OptiPlex GX520 and GX620 business PCs. The GX520 is the mainstream offering, with the GX620 designed for the more demanding user. Both are aiming to be environmentally friendly, with lead-free power suppliers, motherboards and chassis.

Dell also announced the Dimension XPS Gen 5 PC, which supports dual core processors, up to 1.5TB of storage via three 500GB Serial ATA 2 hard disks and the latest graphics cards. Prices start at £1,049 including VAT and delivery.

‘This is a complete refresh of our business desktop range, which only happens every couple of years. We’re very excited about the capabilities we’ve built into these systems,’ said Sam Burd, Director, Desktop Product Marketing, Dell.

He highlighted a new feature called DirectDetect, which makes it easier for the end user to see if they’re having a problem with their hard disk, for example, without having to fumble around at the back of the machine. The idea is to make calls to support staff quicker and more effective.

‘We’ve also made enhancements to serviceability, with a side panel that’s easier to remove,’ he added. ‘We’ve continued our strategy of colour-coding components that IT staff can upgrade and replace.’

According to Dell there is also a focus on reliability. ‘We’re introducing a BTX design into these systems, resulting in lower temperatures of the components, and it has the added benefit of making systems quieter,’ Burd told us.

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