Best Dell Models For Performance - Optiplex or XPS?



  • We are a Dell shop and I've had very good luck with Dell and their support and have no plans on leaving them.

    But I am looking to move our CPU intensive users to Core i7's and solid state hard drives but can't decide if I want to stay with the OptiPlex line or try the XPS line. Is the XPS still aimed at the high performance home user or has anyone tried them in the business world?



  • XPS is consumer home grade all the way. Stay with Optiplex for work stuff.



  • Stay optiplex - if you need a wacky config talk to a rep for more options

    Edit - driver porn (suprisingly contains some XPS )

    http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/enterprise-client/w/wiki/2065.dell-driver-cab-files-for-enterprise-client-os-deployment



  • Good deal...thanks everyone!



  • I've always had good support from the Dell line, and tend to gravitate more towards the OptiPlex and Latitude lines. Even for home use.


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    @thecreativeone91 said:

    XPS is consumer home grade all the way. Stay with Optiplex for work stuff.

    This sums it up. XPS means consumer. It's not a good fit for business.


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    @g.jacobse said:

    I've always had good support from the Dell line, and tend to gravitate more towards the OptiPlex and Latitude lines. Even for home use.

    Same here. I wouldn't buy XPS for use at home, why buy it for a business?



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @g.jacobse said:

    I've always had good support from the Dell line, and tend to gravitate more towards the OptiPlex and Latitude lines. Even for home use.

    Same here. I wouldn't buy XPS for use at home, why buy it for a business?

    As I work away on my XPS 8700 here at work... 🙂

    We are about all OptiPlex here at work for sure...was just looking to the future. And we may be an early adopter of Windows 10 on future models...been testing it on the more stable builds lately and all of our software works on it.



  • If you rely on Dell for support and longer warranty options, go Optiplex. If not and you're looking for the highest performance to price ratio, go XPS. All in all there are a lot of similarities and the only palpable differences you'll hit are:

    XPS visual designs can be a little bit more flamboyant
    XPS motherboard and PSU combos are more likely to support high-end graphics cards and other extensibility options

    If you want the equivalent of performance of some of the XPS options you'll see at a much lower price point you'll need to step up to Dell Precision workstations, which are pretty pricey.

    My $0.02



  • If you are not looking for support and want extreme price to performance ratios, what about going to white boxing?



  • @Reid-Cooper for a limited quantity that can work well too



  • For what it's worth, I've had a few XPSs myself in the past, 2 laptops and a desktop, and I thought they were all great. I'm sure the desktop isn't comparable to what you can do on the same budget if you build yourself, but Dell has insane promotions and 40% off coupons on their refurbs, which use a dynamic pricing model so you can get ridiculous prices sometimes if you keep an eye out and act fast ( people gobble them up when the sale starts ).

    My mom actually still uses my old M1330 with the lid closed plugged into a high-def t.v. as her daily driver what feels like a decade later. The battery gave out eventually, but was replaceable for $29, the only maintenance it's needed.

    Disclaimer: I've also had 2 Optiplexes and thought they were great as well 🙂



  • I still have P4 Optiplexes running here.... so there ya go.


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