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Dell Optiplex GX280

Dell Optiplex GX280
alaScore 84

524 reviews

Nov, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 524 reviews of Dell Optiplex GX280. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People really like the design and size. The reliability and usability also get good opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Dell Optiplex GX280 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Dell Optiplex GX280


alaTest has collected and analyzed 209 user reviews of Dell Optiplex GX280 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Desktops on Views about the design and reliability are on the whole positive. The size and usability are also appreciated.

price, usability, size, reliability, design

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Windows 7, Dell Optiplex GX280 Desktop PC, Pentium 4 3.4GHz with HT Technology, 1024MB Ram Memory, 80GB Hard Drive, DVD-Rom, Genuine Windows 7 Home PrDell Optiplex GX280 Desktop Tower PC Computer - Intel Pentium 4 HT 2.8-3.0 GHZ - 1GB Ram - 40GB Hard Drive - DVDROM/CDROM - 17" LCD - Keyboard - MouseDell Optiplex GX280 SFF Desktop PC, Pentium 4 HT 3.4GHz, 1024MB Ram Memory, 40GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive, Genuine Windows XP Professional SP

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Dell Optiplex GX280


alaTest has collected and analyzed 159 user reviews of Dell Optiplex GX280 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Comments about the size and design are overall positive. The reliability and usability are also appreciated.

price, usability, reliability, design, size

72% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Optiplex GX280 Tower 2.8GHz, 1GB DDR2, 40GB SATA, XP Professional, WarrantyFast Dell Gx280 Desktop Computer Pentium 4 2.8Ghz, 1GB DDR2, 320GB HDD,CD-Rom Keyboard/Mouse/Recovery CD includedVery Fast Dell Optiplex Gx280 SFF Desktop Computer Pentium 4 3.2 w/ Hyper Threading 512mb Ddr2, 40gb Hdd,cdr/wr, Winxp Professional Sp3

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: (

Dell OptiPlex GX280


Dell's OptiPlex business desktops have always been about power and management features, and the new OptiPlex GX280 ($1,427 direct) is no different. Housed in a space-saving small-desktop chassis that's easy to service, the GX280 utilizes the latest...

Space-saving form factor. Dedicated graphics controller. Quiet

Lacks DVD writer

The Dell OptiPlex GX280 has the horsepower to handle the most demanding office applications, and Dell's management tools and Stable Image guarantee will appeal to IT administrators.


Expert review by: Jim Adkins (monster-hardware)

Dell OptiPlex GX280


Computer Parts

Inexpensive ; Ready to go right out of the box ; Includes copy of XP Pro SP3 & COA ; Includes keyboard & mouse

No DVD drive ; Uses LP add in cards

The refurbished Dell OptiPlex GX280 fit my needs for a low cost basic PC pretty well, though realistically it does have a few issues that stop it from being a slam dunk. The two most notable IMO are the lack of a DVD drive, and the fact that both the...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: Eric Grevstad (

HardwareCentral - Dell OptiPlex GX280 Review.


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Jan, 2005

Expert review by: (

Dell OptiPlex GX280: a first look


Dell's much needed case revamp of its OptiPlex GX280 benefits from the new BTX standard and a number of smart improvements.

May, 2005

Expert review by: Asa Somers (

Dell OptiPlex GX280


Dell's OptiPlex GX280 is overkill for some offices, but it's a smart investment now if you've got an eye on the future.

Outstanding performance ; Obsolescence-proof hardware ; Plenty of expansion room

Boring exterior ; Clamshell case difficult to open

Aug, 2004

Expert review by: Asa Somers (

Dell OptiPlex GX280


Dell's new OptiPlex GX280 offers the latest Intel computing technology for an approachable price.

Aug, 2004

Consumer review by: booman (

Bad Capacitors


If you want to spend the time soldering capacitors to give these machines some new life, its worth it, but not for $239 I got 5 of them for free and started repairing them one by one for about $20 each.

Compact, Small case, almost tool-less assembly

My work has 5 of the GX270 and all of them have leaking capacitors. You will know that its the capacitors or power supply failure when the power button blinks amber ; I took it upon myself to purchase some new caps from and soldered the...

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: N/A (

Problematic machine


All hope is not lost though. After researching and experimentation, I figured out that swapping two parts out will solve most of the heat issues. The first change is to replace whatever P4 is in the machine with one of the 6x1 Cedar Mill P4s. Not just...

Small form factor reduces desktop footprint

Terrible flaws in the design leads to unreliability ; The biggest problem is the extreme overheating due to awful cooling. The entire case is cooled with one 60mm fan in the PSU that moves a paltry amount of air. Since the fan is sucking hot air from...

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: sanitarium90 (



I wouldn't wish these workstations on anyone... they'll just die once the caps are blown.

It's a computer... a very badly put together computer

Steer clear of these workstations. My organization has e-recycled ALL of these (about 20) because of blown caps on the motherboard

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: Micrometer (

Poor quality control by refurbisher


Newegg's vendor that does the refurbishing is showing poor quality control. Newegg- get another vendor that tests the machines thoroughly before shipping.

Good value for a machine running a solid operating system, ie XP

Very poor quality control. First machine came in DOA. Newegg issued RMA without hesitation for replacement. Received replacement and something wrong inside, only some keys of keyboard worked. Tried known good working keyboard w/ same results. Didn't...

Jan, 2012

Product Specifications

The GX280 is the next generation business desktop capable of meeting the needs of a broad range of users in corporate and institutional environments using the next generation technology providing significant performance and maximizing platform stability.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Mini tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Mini tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Mini tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Mini tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB
Per Processor Size:1MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:17in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 1024
Type:LCD display
Widescreen Display: No


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell OptiPlex


Chipset Type:Intel 915G Express
Data Bus Speed:800MHz


Type: None


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Type:Network adapter

Optical Storage

Read Speed:48x (CD) / 16x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:32x
Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo
Write Speed:48x

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Professional


Clock Speed:3.2GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Processor Number:540
Type:Pentium 4


Installed Size:512MB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

Storage Controller (2nd)


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:64MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon X300 SE
Interface Type:PCI Express x16