The Dual-Core Atom-powered Optiplex is expected to arrive early next year with base configuration starting at $563
Dell has released OptiPlex 160, the tiny PC to take on Asus, MSI, and others in the nettop market. The computer is somewhat pricey with its base configuration starting at $563 (approx. Rs. 27,500), and is aimed at enabling businesses to maximize workspace and minimize energy consumption.
The PC is just 1.85" thick; it claims to have a power supply unit that is up to 87 percent more efficient than its counterparts.
Base specifications starts with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom 230 Single Core processor, a 1GB RAM, an 80GB HDD, and integrated SIS Mirage 3 graphics. It also has 2 USB ports, audio in/mic in, DVI input, Ethernet card, and Windows Vista Basic OS completing the stock configuration.
However, if you don't mind spending more, you can rig this nettop with a 4GB RAM, a 160GB HDD or 20/64GB SSD, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, and upgrade the OS to Windows Vista Business or downgrade it to XP (yes, you've to pay for that too!). A PC fully loaded with all the features will set you back by over $1000 (approx Rs. 48,600).
The Dual-Core Atom-powered Optiplex is expected to arrive early next year. The nettop's high price tag could be a real dampener, and it is also not bundled with an optical drive or a monitor. We don't expect these PCs to have high sales figures. What do you think?