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Wednesday, 21 October 2015 08:31

Dell updates commercial PC range with new OptiPlex and Wyse models


"Smaller, faster and more energy-efficient," and "most secure" are Dell's claims for its latest lineup of Optiplex PCs. There's also a new Wyse zero client for VMware, and new cloud multifunction printers.

The new Dell Optiplex range comes in micro form factor, small form factor, mini tower and all-in-one designs.

It comprises the OptiPlex 7040 enterprise-class desktop with the most expandability (pictured), the OptiPlex 5040 commercial desktop with advanced performance, the OptiPlex 3040 business desktop with the lowest entry price point, the OptiPlex 24 7000 Series All-In-One ("the world’s most secure all-in-one") with a 23.8in full HD display (4K optional); and the OptiPlex 22 3000 Series All-In-One with a 21.5in full HD display.

Dell says the OptiPlex 7040 is up to 70% faster than a comparable five year old system. No surprise there, but compared with theequivalent previous generation OptiPlex it can take up to twice as much memory and four times the storage, while (in the small form factor configuration) reducing power consumption by up to 63% and background system noise by up to 32%. The new designs also save space.

The OptiPlex family "are the world’s most secure commercial desktops," according to Dell. They include Dell’s own Dell Data Protection suite for encryption, authentication, malware protection and advanced threat protection.

For organisations thar have taken the virtual desktop route, the Wyse 5050 AIO zero client is designed for VMware environments and features a 23.6in full HD display.

It includes full USB peripheral interoperability (four ports are provided), and supports rich multimedia and high-resolution 3D graphics for applications such as CAD and video editing.

Like other Wyse zero clients, the 5050 can be remotely managed with Wyse Device Manager.

In a related announcement, Dell revealed Wyse Cloud Client Manager release 9, which manages thin clients, mobile devices, and mobile workspaces from a single console via the cloud. Changes include easier management, centralised reporting and control of multiple branch offices, and role-based access control. The management capabilities for Android, Windows and iOS platforms have also been improved..

"We are defining the future of the PC and the role it plays in meeting our customers' most pressing computing needs," said Dell's vice chairman of operations and president of client solutions Jeff Clarke.

"We are investing in this part of our business like never before, bringing new innovations to market that are redefining the role of the PC - whether it’s an ultra-mobile 2-in-1, thin or zero client, or a desktop that now handles workloads for a mobile workforce who require a robust collaboration solution."

Turning to printers, the new H625cdw, H825cdw, and H815dw are designed for smaller offices and include the Dell Document Hub for access to multiple cloud storage services including Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Salesforce.com or Evernote for easy sharing and printing.

The S2825cdn and S2815dn are aimed at larger enterprises and include built-in security features, easy scanning to SharePoint On-Premise. Like the H Series, they allow printing from Android and iOS devices using the Dell Document Hub app.

The OptiPlex 7000 Series, 5000 Series and Micro PC are available immediately, with the OptiPlex 3000 series following in November 2015. The Wyse 5050 AIO will initially ship in the US in December 2015, and spread to other regions in 2016.

Cloud Client Manager release 9 is available in select countries around the world starting in November 2015.

The H-Series and S-Series printers are available immediately in the US, spreading "to select countries around the world" starting 29 October 2015.

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