Screen Quality

Unfortunately, though desktop TN panels tend to be markedly better than their notebook counterparts, they're still not big winners, and the Dell OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One is proof enough of that. This is in my opinion the major weak point of the 9010 AiO and unfortunately it's something that Dell doesn't give you the option to fix. The 9010 AiO's display suffers from mediocre viewing angles, severely curtailing its potential as a kiosk system. Touchscreen support is at least an option, but wasn't included in our review unit.

LCD Quality - White

LCD Quality - Black

LCD Quality - Contrast

LCD Quality - Color Accuracy

LCD Quality - Color Gamut

You can see the display is quite bright but at the cost of poor black levels. Color accuracy and gamut are both fine, but contrast is middling for a desktop display. Honestly I have to wonder if Dell didn't massively shoot themselves in the foot by cheaping out on the display. I appreciate the non-reflective matte finish, but it's a pretty minor perk against a sea of serious problems.

System Performance Build, Heat, and Power Consumption
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  • Rick83 - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - link

    So is AMT actually supported by the BIOS of this machine?
    I agree, that AMT should become ubiquitous, especially for larger scale deployments, it's probably a requirement. But then for home servers, HTPCs and similar application it also becomes interesting for the tinker/enthusiast crowd that has a number of headless units that need to be managed.

    For my server, this made me look at Supermicro boards, as the ASUS C216 based board removed the 82579 in favor of a second 82574 NIC, and probably wouldn't have done the required BIOS/Firmware work to get it supported.
  • BoloMKXXVIII - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - link

    I am not knocking Dell, I just don't understand the point of AIO PCs. Does a mini case behind the monitor really take up any more room? With heat issues, lack of expansion options and additional cost of repair I can't imagine purchasing or recommending a AIO PC. If space is that much of a premium get a laptop or a tablet with a keyboard.
  • frozentundra123456 - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - link

    I totally agree with you, but all in ones seem to be taking over from traditional desktops
    At least in the best buy I went to recently. I guess they do look cool initially, but I think a lot of people don't realize the compromises of the design. Personally I would choose either a traditional desktop or a laptop.
  • Dug - Thursday, September 20, 2012 - link

    Depends on time and money.
    If the machine is priced right, you either have next day warranty which is pretty standard with Dell, or you have a replacement ready to go while the other goes out for repair.
    Labor is too much to do repairs in house, when there are far more important things for IT to be doing.

    The benefit of AIO is just that. You don't have multiple configurations, multiple wires everywhere, etc.
    If someone has to move, its much easier to pick up one device and carry it over then dealing with multiple wires, power supplies, video cables, etc.

    We currently deploy iMacs with Windows 7 on boot camp.
    Using Clonezilla for a base image to deploy makes it very quick for setup and deployment.
    The fact that it has camera, mic, speakers, bluetooth, wireless, wireless keyboard and trackpad, a very nice screen that's easy on the eyes, no noise, makes it very nice machine for $1100. That and you only have one cable connection.

    We tried to find something comparable, and there are alternatives, but everyone else fails at the complete package, mostly the screen. If someone has to sit in front of the computer for 8 hrs a day for the next 3 years, it's easy to justify a little more for a good screen and a product that has a great track record for reliability.
  • NARC4457 - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - link

    There are 2 major items that are wrong with this machine based on how my business operates.

    1) We replace machines at the end of their 3 year warranty. But we have kept monitors throughout many replacement cycles, and tend to be much more resilient than desktops. Replacing both units together is a waste for our situation.

    2) These specs are too high for a general business user. SSD? Core i7? WAAAY too much horsepower. Give me a 5400rpm and a core i3 with HD-2500 and that's all I need.
  • ggathagan - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - link

    1) Then don't buy them.
    On the other hand, the monitor portion is probably not as high a percentage of the total cost as it might have been in past years. The TN panels get less and less expensive every year.

    2) It's rare that Dell locks you into one processor or one drive option.
    You can get anything from a G860 to the i7-3770S in the review and there are 6 different drive options.
  • mr_tawan - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - link

    > SSD prices have fallen like rocks over the past year while the flooding in Thailand coupled with arguably anti-competitive mergers have made the value proposition of mechanical storage less compelling.

    Well at least having flooding in my homeland could cause a good things!! (Well I'm kidding).

    And this year flooding might come back to Thailand. I don't know. I believe we have serious problem with water management nowadays (given that we have Ms. Barbie PM lol).
  • nbrownksu - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - link

    The author seems to be ignoring the fact that you can customize these machines. He states that they're overpowered for use in a computer lab or library setting, and he's right, but I just went to Dell's website and configured one of these with a Core-i3 and 4GB of RAM for exactly that reason.

    We've been begging Dell for a form factor like this for our campus computing labs for years in order to simplify deployments and clean up the look of the labs compared to a traditional desktop system. For us the cheaper monitor is a benefit to the system.
  • MrVan - Thursday, September 20, 2012 - link

    At around $2000.00 each, HP Z1's have transformed our Graphic Design department as serious Mac replacement with its 27-inch, 2560x1440 IPS display.

    No, I am not a reseller or HP employee, I simply enjoy the experience of owning these machines.
  • Dug - Friday, September 21, 2012 - link

    That's a very nice machine.

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