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Dell Toughens Up With Ruggedized OptiPlex PC

Jan 11, 2010, 17:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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 person.

"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 protection."

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