The Dell Optiplex 5050 Micro (starting at $ 579, $ 964.20 in the test) may not offer much space for internal expansion. With optional accessories and a reduction unit, however, it can be integrated into almost every modern workplace. It is also mounted on the back of a flat-screen or in the corner of a desk at home to demonstrate your industrial style, if not industrially elegant. This Core i5 computer is expensive but easy to open, with remote management and other IT-friendly features that appeal to large companies that want to deploy hundreds or thousands of commercial computers.
- Easy component access, Multiple locking options.
- Excellent choice of mounting peripherals.
- Remote management compatibility.
- Pricey as configured.
- No USB-C ports.
The Optiplex 5050 is a small desktop computer that measures just 7.2 x 7.4 inches (HWD). This is approximately the size of an Apple Mac mini and is slightly larger than the HP Elite Slice, which is designed to use vertically, therefore, measures 1.4 x 6.5 x 6.5 inches (HWD). The Optiplex 5050 can be installed in a variety of configurations, from installing straight on a tabletop with the help of a $19 upright stand to the configuration of this review unit, which is installed in the all-in-one $ 99 Dell Micro Form Factor, with a 24-inch Dell monitor. All this versatility is practical, but it means that large IT departments may need more space in their budget to install accessories when replacing a full-sized desktop computer.
The All-in-one Stand has a practical locking cage that prevents from falling and stealing keyboards and cable mice when installing in a publically accessible place. The structure of the cage corresponds to an industrial-looking plastic grid, which forms about two-thirds of the front of the computer. The back of the PC has connectors with three USB 3.0 slots, HDMI and DisplayPort connectors, an Ethernet connector and a power connector.
The cage also includes an opening for an external antenna, which increases the range of the included 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. I’ve had trouble-free surfing the net without an antenna in the PC Labs wireless compartment, but it’s probably worth installing an antenna if you want to stream video or audio over long distances or in a compressed office format. The front ports are located below the power switch and hard drive access indicator and have headphone and microphone connectors, and two USB 3.1 ports. There is no USB-C port, which is an unfortunate escape, given the cost of the computer and the increasing number of hard drives and other standard peripherals.
My review unit is equipped with an optional Dell Wireless Keyboard and Mouse that can be seamlessly connected via the included USB receiver. No configuration is required. Both are suitable for simple computing, but they do not look as solid as high-end wireless peripherals on other Dell commercial computers, such as the Precision 5720 All-in-One. The mouse has one piece of plastic that acts as a left and right button, as well as a palm rest and must be removed to replace the AA battery. Instead, you can choose a wired keyboard and mouse that are a little cheaper and can’t be stolen easily if you lock the cage on an all-in-one stand.
At just under $1,000, this Optiplex 5050 configuration is at the top of its components, which include the 2.8 GHz Intel Core i5-7600T processor and the Intel HD Graphics 630. Compare them to their predecessor, the Dell Optiplex 9020 Das Mikro, which contained the Intel Core i7 at about the same price that we tested in 2015. Still, the Optiplex 5050 worked well on all of our productivity metrics. It was particularly successful in the Photoshop manipulation test and completed our image editing tasks more than two minutes faster than Asus VivoMini VC65 and HP Elite Slice. The small Dell received a 3,462 rating in the comprehensive PCMark 8 test, which evaluates the output of spreadsheets, video conferencing and other tasks that commercial users can perform daily. It is better than Asus and Elite Slice and only slightly worse than the HP Z2 Mini G3 workstation, which is better equipped with 3721 points.
Small workstation users with built-in GPUs shouldn’t expect intense gaming. This also applies to the Dell Optiplex 5050. In the Sky and Valley gaming benchmarks, it worked much better than its predecessor Optiplex 9020 but still failed to meet the 30 fps threshold required to play the latest games an average graphic quality. If you want better graphics performance with a small computer, the HP Z2 Mini is the clear winner. With the Nvidia Quadro GPU, you can achieve more than 70 frames per second in Sky and Valley tests in medium configurations
Like most Dell business PCs, the Optiplex 5050 can be configured with a variety of Intel processor options ranging from the Pentium G450T to the Core i7-7700T. Given the high cost of a computer, for small businesses dealing with the costs of running their systems for more than a year or two, it would be a good idea to opt for a more efficient Core i7 that meets the basic levels corresponds to memory and memory that can be easily updated if necessary.
Software and Warranty
As a commercial desktop PC, the Optiplex 5050 features IT-friendly software and firmware features that simplify remote management and security. This includes Dell tools for managing the automatic driver, BIOS and firmware updates, and support for the corresponding Intel standard manager. Unlike the CyberLink media application, the Optiplex 5050 is elegantly free from abuse. This simplifies the definition for small businesses that do not use customized disk images to replace unwanted software. It comes with Windows 10 Pro Standard, but you can downgrade to Windows 7 under the same license. Dell provides a three-year warranty on the computer, which includes remote service on the site.
Like all Optiplex computers, this one can be easily upgraded. Removing the metal housing is as easy as removing one screw. Within, all upgrades are easily accessible without tools. These include the SATA and M.2 connectors on the hard drives and the two memory DIMM slots. My tester has a 256GB SATA SSD and two 4GB memory modules located under the fan and heat sink cover. Another optional DisplayPort connection allows the Optiplex 5050 to deliver up to three external displays. Do not expect to add a separate GPU as the microformat factor does not leave room for full-height or even half-height expansion slots. When the cover is reinstalled, it has a locking slot so that no one can open it, and another Kensington locking slot next to the first to secure the box to a desk or desk.
The Optiplex 5050 deserves praise for its exceptional computing power and IT-friendly features, including easy remote management, a variety of installation options, and easy access to internal components. For large companies using hundreds of computers that have already signed a contract with Dell, these features are likely to outweigh the fact that the Optiplex 5050 can quickly become more expensive if you take full advantage of your CPU settings. Small businesses with tight budgets and no IT staff should look more closely at options like the Asus VivoMini VC65, a slightly cheaper option that doesn’t have remote management features that they can’t use.