The OptiPlex SX260, from Dell Computer Corp., is the smallest desktop computer Dell has ever made. Ideally suited for space-conscious customers (such as schools), the SX260 weighs less than eight pounds and measures less than 10 inches long and wide. It easily can be mounted horizontally or vertically underneath a desk, to a wall, or behind a flat-panel monitor, giving schools a great deal of flexibility.

The system’s hot-swappable media bay accommodates any module from Dell’s Latitude C-Family of notebook computers, allowing users to share modules—such as a CD-RW drive—from a mix of Latitude and SX260 systems. The SX260’s security features include a sequential locking system that prevents unwanted access to the media bay, chassis cover, internal hard drive door, motherboard, and rear cabling, while locking the entire unit to the workspace itself—all through a single, industry-standard Kensington lock slot.

Prices for the OptiPlex SX260 start at $599 (monitor not included). A “typical” configuration with a flat-panel display sells for $1,499, Dell said, and includes an Intel Pentium 4 2-gigahertz processor, 256 megabytes of shared RAM, a 20-gigabyte hard drive, removable 24X CD-ROM drive, integrated Intel Pro/1000MT Gigabit Ethernet network adapter, integrated Intel Extreme graphics, 15-inch UltraSharp SX260 flat-panel display, Windows XP Professional, three-year limited warranty, and next-business-day onsite service.

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