The last two Dell OptiPlex All-in-One (AIO) devices that reached us were nominated for the Editors’ Choice Awards. Finally, the Dell OptiPlex 7760 All-in-One (from $ 1,289; $ 1,983 in review) continues to dominate Dell AIO’s commercial desktops. The OptiPlex 7760 is about as affordable as last year’s award-winning 24-inch model and offers a larger 27-inch display and better performance. Like our test, the OptiPlex 7760 has an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and a large 16 GB RAM, while the Nvidia GeForce GTX entry graphics produce a 4K display. With its small housing, stellar screen, and high performance, it is the clever choice for creative Windows-based departments with little space.
- Strong performance from Core i7 eighth-gen CPU and GeForce GPU.
- Beautiful 4K display on the sturdy, flexible stand.
- Surprisingly strong audio output.
- Connectivity options abound.
- No-touch support on the test system.
The OptiPlex 7760 will not impress you with its attractive appearance, but its functional design should keep you happy and comfortable for years to come. The system is covered with dark gray and black plastic. It does not stand out in brushed aluminum or chrome illuminates the body. Instead of such striking details, there is a purely functional design: simple stand with a large 27-inch 4K screen.
The stand is not particularly noticeable, but it offers great flexibility to allow creative people to position the panel to create detailed graphics. The stand has an adjustable height of 4 inches, tilts 30 degrees back and 5 degrees forward and can be rotated 45 degrees in both directions. Most AIO stands only provide tilt adjustment. You can also rotate the screen 90 degrees vertically. The system measures 15.3×24.2×2.3 inches (HWD) without the stand, and the stand itself is 11.3 cm wide and 10 cm deep.
Since no design is flourishing (unless it has “flexibility” like a flourish), the star of the show is a large 27-inch 4K screen. The 3,840×2160 pixel panel offers four times the resolution of Full HD (1080p). These additional pixels provide more viewing space, softer text, and more detailed graphics. The photos and other graphics looked crisp and remained razor-sharp, even though the image was greatly enlarged for a detailed edition. However, if your way of working requires the highest pixel, the 27-inch Apple iMac (5,210×2,880 pixels) and the Microsoft Surface Studio (4,500 x 3,000) have higher resolution panels.
Another difference to consider: touch or not touch. Dell offers touch support for some OptiPlex 7760 models with original 1080p panels, but not for 4K panel models. Anyone who works in well-lit office environments will appreciate the brightness and wide viewing angles of this contactless IPS panel. (Dell also offers a 1080p touch screen option).
Below the screen, the speaker bar extends across the entire width of the system, behind which two stereo speakers deliver surprisingly dynamic sound. The bass response is somewhat poor, but there is enough bass to enjoy music while sitting in front of the system. Audio output is more than enough for video conferencing. However, the 2-megapixel infrared camera is in a pop-up window on the screen. This allows you to hide the camera when it is not in use to protect your privacy.
PORTS AND UPGRADABILITY
You will find ports and connections around the OptiPlex 7760 All-in-One. On the left side, it has an SD card slot, a headphone jack, and two USB 3.1 ports, both types: older type A and newer and smaller type C, which supports USB 3.1 Gen 2.
The 24-inch OptiPlex all-in-one had hard-to-reach, hidden, and downward-facing ports on the back last year. The OptiPlex 7760 has much easier access to the rear ports. They do not face downward but run horizontally through the rear wall. The array contains DisplayPort and HDMI connections, four USB 3.1 connections (all Type A), an Ethernet interface, an audio output connection, and a power connection.
In contrast to the 24-inch all-in-one OptiPlex from the previous year, the OptiPlex 7760 does not have an optical drive. However, when installing the system, you can add an external DVD burner for around $35.
The system offers tool-free access, but the rear wall is difficult to remove. I opened the oysters, which gave less hassle. I managed to remove the back wall, but not without a little pain in my fingertips. I was happy to be able to do this without damaging the plastic tabs that secure the back panel. [Dell then contacted us to tell us that there was a way to remove the back panel: remove the bracket, then press the tab on the metal plate to slide the cover-up. – Ed.
Dell offers several storage options for the OptiPlex 7760 All-in-One. This test device has an M.2 256 GB PCI Express NVMe SSD that prioritizes over-speed. Other options include conventional hard drives (up to 2 TB) and hybrid systems with up to 2 TB and 16 GB of Intel Optane M.2 cache memory. Dell also offers dual-disk arrangements with a full boot-drive SSD with a separate mass storage hard drive. However, you must carefully navigate in the configurator to display them. First, select the M.2 drive as the primary drive and you’ll see the option to add a secondary hard drive. (You can also do this update yourself).
The review system provided by Dell has 16 GB of RAM. This has helped our benchmarks to be exceeded, multitasking without slowing down, and the cooler is rarely activated. Windows 10 Pro comes standard with a wireless keyboard and mouse combination. Dell grants a three-year warranty on the system by providing on-site service after the Dell support team attempted remote diagnostics.
The selection of components in the OptiPlex 7760 is a large buffet that goes beyond the CPU selection. Dell offers Core i3, i5 and i7 processors from Intel’s 8th generation core processors. Our review system is based on the Intel Core i7-8700, a 6-core chip with a base frequency of 3.2 GHz and a turbo frequency of 4.6 GHz. Our review unit also provides updated Dell graphics for this model in the form of a GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 4GB. This is an entry-level graphics processor in the Nvidia product line. Players will not be buzzing, but it provides a significant boost to corporate graphics with Intel integrated graphics in a 4K panel.
The OptiPlex 7760 AIO was the only one that passed our handbrake video coding test in less than a minute (and comfortably in 48 seconds). It also ranked first in the Cinebench R15 CPU benchmark but had to take second place behind our Photoshop benchmark in last year’s OptiPlex 7450 All-in-One.
In the traditional PCMark 8 Work test, the OptiPlex 7760 was again ranked first with 3,414 points. This is expected to be due to the fact that OptiPlex 7450, HP EliteOne 1000 and Lenovo IdeaCentre 520 AIO use seventh-generation quad-core processors.
OptiPlex 7760 is designed for business rather than games. However, this does not mean that you will not have enough muscle after playing hours if your resolution, expectations, and settings are on the check. The 3DMark tests produced excellent results, each more than doubling the performance of the OptiPlex 7450 All-in-One and its 4GB AMD Radeon R7 M465X GPU. For mid-range tests and resolutions of 1,366×768, the device produced high frame rates in the Heaven (95 fps) and Valley (128 fps).
Of course, frame rates failed when we performed simulations of Unigine games with the original 4K resolution of OptiPlex, but out of curiosity, we returned to perform high-quality tests at 1080p and we can report that the system was producing playable frame-rate in the Heaven (32 frames per second) and Valley (41 fps). If the result is more than 30 frames per second, a smooth animation is shown on average.
The GTX 1050 is really there to power the 4K panel for everyday tasks and provide a modest GPU acceleration in creative activated applications. However, an easy game is possible if you use this OptiPlex combination in your living environment.
The only obstacle you can face when presenting your case for the OptiPlex 7760 All-in-One (or justifying the purchase) to your budget manager is the price. The review system discussed here is expensive for Windows AIO at almost $2,000, but we claim that it is worth the cost if you need all-in-one graphics on a large screen. It has the Intel Core i7 processor, extensive RAM, GeForce graphics and a high-speed SSD. Put everything behind a beautiful 4K display and then place it on one of AIO’s best business areas and summarize everything. Looking for a 27-inch Apple iMac? We understand its appeal and if you are a designer who is married to macOS you have its undeniable charm. In addition, it is elegant and beautiful, with an even higher resolution on the screen. Just to know: if you install a 27-inch iMac with a Core i7 chip, 16 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD, you will quickly be worth over $2,000. In addition, Apple has not yet upgraded the iMac with an eighth-generation Intel silicon.