Disrupting desktop computing with an innovative solution that’s hidden in plain sight.
Dell partnered with M3 on a project to reinvent the commercial desktop computing space. The Dell Experience Design team had identified some key business growth opportunities for their Optiplex portfolio and engaged M3 to help them on their quest of designing and executing a ground breaking product. Through close collaboration with Dell’s Experience Design and Engineering teams, the Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra was born. The innovation is a super compact, highly modular and upgradable compute module that slides into the back of a purpose designed Dell monitor stand making it invisible to the user. The design provides additional security and reduces visual clutter with its fully integrated cable management solution. It also enables customers to freely select and replace their monitor without affecting the compute module, creating a solution that surpasses today’s all-in-one computers.
Meet the world's most flexible commercial desktop solution.
Dell and M3 challenged conventional desktop architecture by viewing the solution space through the lens of the key stakeholders. This drove the creation of an optimized architecture for the compute module that would reside in the riser and in turn helped define a significantly enhanced form-factor, and customer experience.
The final design is focused on enabling simple customization, flexibility, and modularity. The compute module can be leveraged across product categories, and can also be continually upgraded, adapting to a broad range of workflows.
Working side by side with the Dell team, what started as a quick exercise to see what the future of commercial computing could be, soon became a breakthrough product in the Dell portfolio.
"Thirty-five years ago, Dell disrupted the way PCs were made and delivered to the world. With the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra, we are changing the category again, with an innovative desktop solution that’s hidden in plain sight."Dave Lincoln Vice President of Fixed Computing
The Compute Module
A key to the product’s success was designing and engineering a highly efficient and streamlined form factor for the compute module that would allow it to be located invisibly inside a custom designed Dell monitor riser. Dell and M3’s design and engineering teams went through endless architecture iterations, thermal analysis investigations, component layout strategies, and stakeholder and customer feedback loops to optimize the design. Dell’s comprehensive experience in computer technology and user requirements helped inform the final form factor and architecture layout to ensure a highly successful implementation.
The long, slender compute module slides into the back of the custom designed monitor stand, creating the first all-in-one that’s modular and upgradable. Its design de-clutters open-office work spaces and provides great security advantages enabling the compute module to be securely locked in the riser and mitigate the ability to disconnect accessories from the concealed ports. Customers also have freedom to select the monitor of their choice, unlike typical all-in-one solutions.
The Process Steps
Of the many steps involved in creating an industry breakthrough product, some of the most important are the frequent discussions and reviews that help define the end solution. Having regular brainstorms and reviews with Dell’s multi-disciplinary team helped guide the process and ensure critical decisions were made in an informed and timely manner.
Outlining a platform strategy that would enable the compute module to not only reside in a riser, but also be versatile enough to power further products in alternative configurations.
Close Multi-Disciplined Team Collaboration
Working closely both Dell stakeholders across design, engineering and marketing disciplines proved pivotal in bringing innovative thinking to life.
Attention to Detail
Dell and M3 design team’s scrutinized every last detail throughout the process. This attention to detail ensured the design was never compromised.
The new OptiPlex 7070 Ultra is no ordinary business computer, nor is it like any mini PC we've seen before. It could be the future of all-in-one PCs.
OptiPlex 7070 Ultra is a minimalist’s modular all-in-one PC dream
Modularity & Upgradability - OptiPlex 7070 Ultra transforms a monitor into a modular all-in-one computer invisibly. It can support a suite of screens, from VESA mounted ones to a trio of displays at once. It enables the user to upgrade the compute module freely without having to update the rest of the system.
Size - Due to the advanced engineering and design the system looks just like a conventional monitor, taking up no additional space despite the compute module integration.
Security - The compute module is securely locked within the riser making it a tamper proof solution for large business's.
Cable Management - The integrated cable management solution removes visual noise and clutter from the workspace.
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