Dell OptiPlex 990 Review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 7
    • Usability
    • 10
    • Design
    • 10
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Features
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 8.67
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Very small, very solid
    • Internal power supply
    • Quiet and cool
  • Cons

    • Bizarre, huge Wi-Fi antenna dongle
    • Wi-Fi costs $90 to add

Quick Take

It's fast, attractive and efficient, and comes with Dell's top-of-the-line business support.

It isn’t often that we turn to the business side of a PC manufacturer’s product lineup to find the kind of design innovation that makes you sit up and take notice. Today we’re doing just that in our review of Dell’s new OptiPlex 990 ultra-small form factor business desktop.


  • Processor: Intel Core i7-2600S @ 2.80GHz
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit Edition
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Storage: 500GB HDD @ 7200RPM
  • Graphics: Intel integrated HD graphics 2000
  • Optical storage: 8x slimline DVD /-RW
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
  • Wireless networking: 802.11b/g/n
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 2.6 x 9.4 inches (HxWxD)
  • Power supply: 200W PSU 90% efficient (internal)
  • Weight: 7.2 pounds
  • Warranty: Three year Next Business Day On-Site Service

Dell OptiPlex 990
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What’s in the box:

  • Dell OptiPlex 990 ultra-small form factor desktop
  • Wired business keyboard
  • Wired business mouse
  • Wireless network attachment
  • Power cord
  • Product manuals

As configured, the Dell OptiPlex 990 business desktop carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,171. Despite its small stature, you can add optional upgrades, such as an AMD Radeon HD 6450 low-profile graphics card for $99, or a low-profile PCI card to add USB 3.0 functionality for $35. The Dell wireless networking with which this unit was configured added a whopping $89 to the tally.

Build and design
Dell classifies these kinds of desktops as “ultra-small form factor” units, and for good reason. The OptiPlex 990 is positively tiny, and in fact sits as small as some nettops with much weaker processors. It weighs just 7 pounds, despite a very solid metal construction on all six sides (the front does have plastic trim on top) and a chassis that is positively brimming with advanced technology.



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