Dell's Precision and OptiPlex lineups just got a major refresh and new devices

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What you need to know

  • Dell announced new devices from its Precision and OptiPlex lines today.
  • The OptiPlex 7070 Ultra is an upgradeable all-in-one with a minimal footprint.
  • The Precision 5500 and 5750 feature 16:10 displays with minimal bezels.

Dell announced a massive set of updates to several lines of devices today, including the largest update to its mobile line of workstations since their initial launch, according to Dell, and new members and updates to the OptiPlex family of devices. Dell's Precision lineup features upgrades to its laptops and desktops while the OptiPlex family features all-in-ones, upgradeable all-in-ones, and desktop towers. Dell announced, quite a few devices, so you can check out their Precision mobile workstations, Precision fixed workstations, and OptiPlex family sites to see more details. The sites should update with Dell's new devices today. Several of the newly announced devices launch this month, but some won't be available unti later this year.

Starting off with Dell's Precision mobile workstations, Dell announced the Precision 5500 (15-inch) and the new Precision 5750 (17-inch). Both laptops feature 16:10 displays with InfinityEdge on each bezel. This look is similar to the recently upgraded XPS 15 and 17 that packs more display into the same size body as previous models. Despite the thin bezels, the laptops still have an IR camera on the top bezel. The Precision 5500 has a display to body ratio of 92 percent while the Precision 5750 has a display to body ratio of 94 percent. The Precision 5750 has an option for more power, as it's now part of the NVIDIA RTX Studio program and has an option for NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 graphics. The Precision 5550 starts at $1,199 and the Precision 5750 starts at $2,399, with launch dates of May 28, 2020 and June 9, 2020 respectively.

Dell's Precision 7550 (15-inch) and 7750 (17-inch) offer more power than their sleeker siblings, including Intel Core vPro and Xeon processors and up to NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 professional graphics. Despite their power, Dell highlights that they are 20 percent smaller and 6 percent lighter than previous generations. Their internals should be able to handle power-hungry workloads including VR, AR, 3D CAD work, and creative editing. Both of these launch on May 28, 2020 with the Precision 7550 starting at $1,789 and the Precision 7750 starting at $1,999.

The Precision 3550 and 3551 offer a more budget-friendly option while still having enough power for 2D CAD work, complex Excel spreadsheets, and entry-level creative applications. They both launch today, with the Precision 3550 starting at $1,049 and the Precision 3551 starting at $939.

Here's the full specs of the Dell Precision 5750:

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CategoryDell Precision 5750
Operating SystemWindows 10 ProWindows 10 HomeWindows 10 EnterpriseWindows 10 Pro EducationWindows 10 Professional ChinaWindows 10 Pro for WorkstationsUbunto 18.04RedHat 8.3
Display17" WLED FHD+ (1920 x 1200), 60Hz, Anti-glare, non-touch17" WLED UHD+ (3840 x 2400), Anti-reflefction, Anti-smudge, touch
ProcessorUp to Intel Xeon W-10885M (16 MB Cache)Up t0 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10885H
GraphicsUp to Intel UHD Graphics P630Up to NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000
MemoryUp to 64GB DDR4
StorageUp to M.2 2280, 2TB, Gen 3 PCIe x4 NVMe, Class 50 SSD
SecurityFingerprint readerSecurity lock slotSmartCard reader and Computrace support
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6Bluetooth 5.1
Ports4x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3Universal Audio JackFull size SD card slotNoble Wedge security slot
Dimensions14.74" x 9.77" x 0.52" (374.48 cm x 248.08 cm x 13.15 cm)
Weight4.7 lbs (2.13kg)
AvailableJune 9, 2020
PriceStarting at $2,399

In addition to its new Precision mobile workstations, Dell also announced additions to its entry-level Precision tower lineup. The Precision 3240 Compact has NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 graphics and can push up to seven 4K displays at once. It's also VR-ready. That power comes inside a small 2.3L case. It should be available in Q3 2020. The Precision 3240 Compact (USFF) Workstation doesn't launch until September 1, 2020.

The Precision 3640 Tower workstation and Precision 3440 small form factor (SFF) workstation also join Dell's offering this June. Dell highlights that they have a wide range of options to meet people's varying needs. The Precision 3640 starts at $1,039 at launches in June 2020.

Moving over to the OptiPlex side of things, Dell announced new all-in-ones, upgradeable all-in-ones, and desktop towers. The flagship of the lineup is the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra that can be easily upgraded. It features swappable elements that are hidden within the display to minimize the footprint. Apart from being upgradeable, it's a general all-in-one that plugs in with a single cable. It works with USB-C power deliver to streamline the setup process as well.

Dell's OptiPlex 5000 series and 7000 series desktops now support Dell Optimizer Express Response, which optimizes their performance for a person's top five applications.

The OptiPlex 7780 is a 27-inch all-in-one with optional Intel vPro. It's available with either touch or non-touch FHD displays and supports Windows 10 Modern Standby. You can opt to have a pop-up webcam in FHD or an infrared camera with Windows Hello support for signing on.

The xx80 series line of OptiPlex all-in-ones also includes the OptiPlex 7480, 5840, and 3280. The OptiPlex 7480 and 5480 are 24-inch all-in-ones while the OptiPlex 3280 is 22-inches.

Dell also announced several OptiPlex tower PCs, all of which are available in several form factors. The OptiPlex 7080 line has up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i9 processor with 125W. It's the most powerful OptiPlex desktop line and supports up to 215W class graphics on the tower model. The tower model is 18L and has expansion options. The OptiPlex 7080 micro now supports discrete graphics and the 7080 is also available in a small form factor.

The OptiPlex 5080 line is available with up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and doubles the maximum memory for the tower, small form factor, and micro variants. The 5080 tower supports NVIDIA discrete graphics and is VR-ready.

Aimed more at business users, the OptiPlex 3080 is available with up to 10th Gen Intel Core processors, and up to 35W on the micro variant and 65W on the tower and small form factor versions. Lastly, Dell announced the OptiPlex XE3 tower and small form factor desktops. They have several expandability options and Dell highlights their ultralong lifecycle of at least three and a half years.

In addition to all of these announcements, Dell announced the new Latitude line of devices today. You can also catch up on Dell's XPS announcements from last week, including the Dell XPS 15 and the Dell XPS 17.

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