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Dell OptiPlex GX 270

Dell OptiPlex GX 270
alaScore 83

329 reviews

Jan, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 329 reviews of Dell OptiPlex GX 270. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and design. The usability and reliability are also appreciated.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Dell OptiPlex GX 270 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 57 user reviews of Dell OptiPlex GX 270 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on People really like the usability. The reliability is also appreciated.

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82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Optiplex GX270 Tower Desktop PC, Pentium 4 HT 3.2GHz, 1GB Memory, 500 GB Hard Drive, DVD-Rom, Windows XP Professional SP3 pre-installedDell Desktop PC Computer Pentium 4 + Flat Screen Monitor + New Keyboard + MouseDell Optiplex GX270 Desktop PC, Pentium 4 HT 3.2GHz, 512MB Ram Memory, 40GB Hard Drive, DVD-Rom, Genuine Windows XP Professional SP3 pre-installed

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 191 user reviews of Dell OptiPlex GX 270 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The usability and reliability also get good feedback.

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76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Intell pentium 4 processor at 2.59 mhz with a 20 mg Hardrive and Windows XP not XP proPowerful Dell GX620 Tower Computer, Intel 2.8 GHz LGA775 CPU (800FSB 2MB L2 Cache) Hyperthreading, 2GB High Performance DDR2 Ram Memory, Super Fast 1Dell Precision 390 Workstation Tower, Intel 3.4GHz Pentium D Dual Core CPU Processor, 3GB DDR2 Dual Interlaced High Performance Memory, 500GB Hard Dri

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Dell OptiPlex GX270


Don't look back, IBM: Somebody might be gaining on you. Dell continues to improve its corporate line of OptiPlex PCs, and Dell offers a more impressive array of management tools than ever before. Most notably, the company recently introduced an...


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Dell Optiplex GX270


The GX270 isn't cutting edge, but it's enough ahead of the game to make it a worthwhile buy for enterprise customers.

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Excellent Value


If you compare this system to modern PC's of course it's no contest. If you need a basic pc that runs minimal games, email and internet, then this machine will do just fine.

Very inexpensive. Will run XP okay, but you need to remove the extra animated menus and stuff. It's a small package that you can shove most places. We had about 300 of these at one point with ZERO motherboard problems. Graphics, NIC, and HD's, but...

Comes with 512mb. That's really the minimum. You want to give XP at least a 1GB so that pages and programs can open smoothly. The system gets warm. Provide as much ventilation as possible ; A graphics card will sit right next to the PSU exhaust so...

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Not worth the money...


These gotta be like 8 years old. $100 is better spent elsewhere. I bet if you looked around locally, you could find the same/similar for less than $100


Old as dirt. We had a bunch of these at work. They were fine during their day as far as performance goes...except for they are known to have bad capacitors. Maybe they are refurbished with new/better caps

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Old, so very old


Please ignore dell lovers review, it appears to be an automated review. This machine is NOT cutting edge, it wasn't 10 years ago either

It has a small form factor

I had a customer using these systems. They started as Windows 98 systems and tried very hard to run XP. Extremely limited memory upgrades and you need special memory. The optical drive is a laptop style drive, so if you need more than what it offers...

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Save Yourself!


The most important part is that the hardware is unreliable. I work with a company that has over 50 of these recertified computers along with many other models of computers and the GX270's give us the most problems, with about 2 failing every week. The...

Cheap, replaceable, simple to rebuild/replace components

They break more often then not. There are times when you will plug in a GX270 and have it work for a day, then turn it on the next day and have a hardware failure. The hardware is extremely unreliable. They are also extremely slow. We have 3.0Ghz 2GB...

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50% failure rate



We bought 8 of these. Four died because of the bad capacitor issue ; These are the only bad Dell computers I've seen

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Small form factor causes serious overheating


As soon as I got mine, I stood the case up on end, opened it up about 3", and set a small desk fan to blow into it all the time. It was the only way I could keep my computer from cooking itself. Using this method, I was able to use my GX270 for...

None. Really. None. For $120 you're better off getting a refurb laptop -- same overall power with lots more reliability and an even more impressive "small" form factor. ;)

The "small" form factor design was a Dell disaster. The P4 chip draws way too much power for a case that has NO airflow, and caused both the power supply and the motherboard to be in a constant state of overheating ; On-board GPU is slow and buggy and...

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Watch the Motherboards


Good when they work

Dell had to extend the warranty on these originally to cover all the motherboard issues these have. The capacitors leak like crazy on these. Our company had over 1000 of these I changed the motherboard on all of them at least once even the...

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What an aweful machine...


I am on the IT Staff Member for a local School District and we have a lot of these around. We have to service them on a regular basis and they are plagued with defects. I highly suggest just steering clear of these. There is no value in these stinkers....

After years of abuse, they still work. But that's not saying much

These things are dead-slow. They also require maintenance on a regular basis. To make matters worse, they are plagued with bad motherboard issues. Dell had a recall for motherboard, but the recall window closed in 2008

Product Specifications

GX270 Twr-2.4-512-80-Combo-A - If you typically use your PC to check & compose email, surf the web, word documents, spreadsheets, databases and to play demanding games this PC may be the one for you. The P4 Dell Optiplex GX270 boasts a chassis designed to address the thermal and acoustic challenges presented by high performance systems. For example the Optiplex GX270 supports noise dampening hard drive rails. The innovative clamshell design of the chassis provides greatly improved ease of access to internal components. Dell has also made the GX270 much easier to make upgrades with its near tool free chassis. Think the graphics card will need an upgrade during the following years, well installation will a breeze with just one clip to undo, no tools necessary. If you are looking for a great workhorse with expandability and convenient upgrading, look no further. Dell's Optiplex GX270 delivers a great performance-price ratio that one can't go wrong with. With outstanding reliability and performance, one can't go wrong with the GX270. This Pentium 4 Tower can lay flat on its side or stand vertically to fit under a desk This P4 Dell Optiplex GX270 Tower Desktop Computer makes it a great choice for installations where expansion (upgrades) will be likely. Built for Business yet Affordable for Home, Office or School use!