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Dell OptiPlex SX280

Dell OptiPlex SX280
alaScore 80

21 reviews

Apr, 2014

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the size and usability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Dell OptiPlex SX280 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Dell OptiPlex SX280


Photograph: Rick Rizner, John Goddard

Clever design you can mount behind LCD

Very limited expandability

Dell packs a well-made package into a small, though not expandable, case that you can mount behind the monitor.

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Dell OptiPlex SX280


The OptiPlex SX280 is Dell's latest ultra-compact business desktop. Measuring a mere 10.3 by 3.5 by 9.8 inches (HWD), this machine is small enough to fit almost anywhere. And it's tidy, too, with a lockable snap-on rear cable cover that helps reduce...

Fine for running business applications. Space-saving design. Hot-swappable optical drives

Limited upgradeability

The SX280 is a compact business machine with good performance. This is a very good choice for anyone without room for a bulky desktop tower.

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HardwareCentral - Dell OptiPlex SX280 Review.


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Dell OptiPlex SX280


fits anywhere; silent; fast

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Amazon review summary for Dell OptiPlex SX280


alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Dell OptiPlex SX280 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

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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great beginners desktop


this tower is excellent from dell but lacks the dvd and blue ray only draw back if you where to start out as first time computing yes but lacks other fuctions that dell always had installed in earlier modelsThis product has... Premium quality...

good price on the intel

missing dvd and blue ray

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Nick O'Grodnick


Came on the delivery date and in good working order. Good computer for the Price

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I ordered 2 of these for my kids on-line High School. They are powerful enough for all the Multimedia the school troughs at them. Good size HD 40gig for only school stuff, and plenty of ports (7 USB). If you need a home school or on-line school...

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Dell OptiPlex SX280


Thanks to its diminutive size and next-generation Intel chipset and CPU, the Dell OptiPlex SX280 is perfect for small-business buyers who need future-proof, small-form-factor desktops.

Flexible, space-saving design ; Latest Intel technologies fight obsolescence ; DVD drive hot-swappable and compatible with Latitude D notebooks ; Design consistent across all peripherals

No room for expansion

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Dell OptiPlex SX280


Dell's OptiPlex SX280 is a business desktop PC featuring Intel's 915G Express Chipset, PCI Express, DDR2 memory and an optional "all-in-one" stand for its small form factor.


Product Specifications

The OptiPlex SX280 desktop PC is designed from the ground up to offer the ultimate in flexibility, stability and price/performance - all in an ultra-small chassis packed with the latest relevant technologies. The SX280 is almost 50% smaller than the OptiPlex GX280 Small Form Factor chassis yet still harnesses powerful technologies like desktop serial ATA hard drives. The SX280 can be installed in many orientations using the optional installation brackets, and is great for space-constrained environments found in hospitals, retail, call centers and schools. For additional space savings, Dell offers virtual "all-in-one" flat-panel solutions that enable the SX280 to be installed on the back of a Dell UltraSharp 17" or Dell E152FP 15" flat-panel. The SX280 and a Dell flat-panel solution offer valuable space-saving benefits without the limitations of fixed-configuration "all-in-one" PCs. The SX280 features the next-generation Intel 915G Express chipset and the Intel Pentium 4 800MHz FSB processors with 1MB L2 cache supporting Hyper-Threading Technology as well as integrated DVI, a PCI-Express Gigabit network connection, and dual channel DDR2 shared memory. The SX280 incorporates innovative new features and interfaces into the desktop PC market that are designed to improve system productivity for corporate clients. The SX280 is designed to increase productivity in your organization by providing a system performance improvement4 up to five times that of four-year old Dell legacy systems and maximizing investment protection with the implementation of the latest relevant technology. The OptiPlex SX280 offers exceptional flexibility. The system features modular, hot-swappable media bay devices such as a CD-RW/DVD combo drive. With boot support for Dell USB memory keys, the system virtually eliminates the need for floppy drives. Dell also offers an optional USB wireless networking device that can be secured to the SX280 chassis. Flexibility is further provided by cable management solutions that enhance security by locking down peripherals such as the keyboard, mouse and monitor. Even more security can be achieved with an optional lock that helps secure the chassis cover and protect system components.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Ultra small form factor

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Ultra small form factor

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/256KB
Per Processor Size:1MB/256KB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:17in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 1024
Type:LCD display/None.
Widescreen Display: No

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell OptiPlex


Chipset Type:Intel 915G Express
Data Bus Speed:533MHz/800MHz


Type: None


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

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:24x
Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo/None
Write Speed:24x

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/Microsoft Windows XP Professional


Clock Speed:2.53GHz/3.2GHz/3GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Processor Number:325J/530
Type:Celeron D/Pentium 4


Installed Size:256MB/512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB
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/40GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 900