Dell Toughens Up With Ruggedized OptiPlex PC
Jan 11, 2010, 17:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)
"Dell today introduced the OptiPlex XE, a specialized desktop
computer designed to go into places that see a lot of abuse, dust
and activity and very little IT support. The ruggedized PC carries
a higher price tag than run-of-the-mill models, especially given
that this is not exactly a high-performance PC.
"But that's what is needed in environments such as a factory,
kiosk, information desk, or a point-of-sale system at a branch
outlet. These PCs may run only one app and nothing else for their
entire lifespans. And it may be a year between visits by an IT
"The OptiPlex XE is designed to withstand conditions such as
high heat, dust, and 24x7 operations. It has a heat tolerance of up
to 55 degrees Celsius, or 131 degrees Fahrenheit. Its 'go anywhere'
mounting capability lets it be positioned in any spot and hold
firm, like a point-of-sale system.
"The computer comes with a thicker, more aggressive dust filter
and its internal layout is designed to minimize the amount of dust
that builds up. In fact, a dust sleeve is available to completely
envelop the computer and provide IP51 levels of enclosure