Dell OptiPlex GX100 C700

The latest version of Dell's budget business OptiPlex GX100 offers easy access to its components plus management software for a corporate environment. With three open PCI slots and three open bays (two of them externally accessible), expansion room is greater than average inside this bulky, beige midsize tower. You can add drives without using tools, by inserting them through the front of the system after removing the front cover. The riser board holding the expansion slots slides out like a drawer for easier access. A sturdy case lock, chassis intrusion detection, and a network interface complete the package. Dell's business systems were rated Outstanding for reliability and Good for service in our latest reader survey.

However, the 10GB hard drive -- small by today's standards -- might fill too quickly if you install numerous applications and store multimedia files, but it shouldn't be a problem for corporate users who can back up files to a network. The basic CD-ROM drive doesn't fit snugly in the case, leaving noticeable gaps where dust can slip in. The GX100 700's manual contains only basic setup instructions, though lots of system information is available from Dell's Web site.

Equipped with a Celeron-700 processor, the GX100 C700 posted a score of 122 on our PC WorldBench 2000 tests. While not a barnburner, this Windows 98 SE machine scored a few points higher than the two similarly configured systems we have tested. The older-model TNT2-based PCI graphics board boosts the system's display capabilities beyond what the integrated Intel 810 graphics chip could manage. The 17-inch Dell E770p monitor delivered rich colours and legible text at 1024 by 768 pixels, though the text grew noticeably fuzzy at the maximum resolution of 1280 by 1024. The case's slightly flimsy side pops off easily and without tools after you press a button on the front; snapping it back on takes a fair dollop of elbow grease, however.

This basic business system provides an inexpensive building block for corporate IT departments.

Dell

Prices start at $1779 for a system with 64MB RAM, 10GB hard drive, 24X CD-ROM and 15" monitor in a small form factor chassis.

02 9930 3355

www.dell.com.au

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joel Strauch

PC World
Show Comments

Essentials

James Cook University - Master of Data Science Online Course

Learn more >

Mobile

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?