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I am looking into buying Dell OptiPlex 5260 All-in-One. It is possible to add another monitor to this desktop. 

I would be grateful for any alternatives I should come consider. We need dual monitors. Any alternatives should allow for this.

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By Matrix
15th Apr 2019 07:15

I thought you were now a Mac user?

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to Matrix
15th Apr 2019 08:17

A few months back, we had a break in. The only item stolen was the iMac.

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15th Apr 2019 08:47

Do you need the type of computer where the hardware and monitor are all one unit? You pay a premium for the more compact hardware and have to compromise because of the tendency to overheat when the components are as tightly packed as a laptop, meaning that isn't a very high spec machine for the price.

You could get more for your money buying a standard type of desktop with the separate box and monitor. It's been years since I've even seen one of those that don't do dual monitor setups as well.

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to Duggimon
15th Apr 2019 09:36

We are in a retail unit. It means aesthetics play an important part. For this reason, I am looking for all in one, similar to an iMac but not so appealing to burglary.

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to FirstTab
15th Apr 2019 10:38

In fairness, all computers are appealing to certain burglars, as I've recently found to my cost.

Apparently, they are fairly instantly converted to a "fix" in the locality.

Presumably, you have a burglar alarm?

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By SXGuy
15th Apr 2019 10:44

It appears to have a "display port" socket on the monitor, so yes, you can add a 2nd monitor if need be.

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15th Apr 2019 11:02

I've got a Lenovo all in one machine, I've got another monitor hooked up to it via a HDMI cable.

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to Teesside
15th Apr 2019 11:06

I hear good things about Lenovo?
I've always been a Dell user but, when I next need to change, I'm thinking of the Lenovo option.

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to Chris.Mann
15th Apr 2019 17:35

I've had mine about four years and had no trouble from it.

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15th Apr 2019 11:22

Asus are good too. I have had an Asus laptop for a couple of years now with no problems at all. Previously I had Dell laptops which were always problemsome.

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By Maslins
15th Apr 2019 12:02

You may regret getting a PC with just 4Gb RAM. When we're replacing, we're tending to go for 16Gb. 8 would be fine at least for the time being, but we want to still be happy with these PCs in 2-3 years.

Also 128Gb hard drive is small. Windows 10 will take up half that. If you're like us then files will be stored on a separate server, but still, you'll likely need various programs installed locally. On that basis, I do think a small capacity SSD makes sense over a large capacity (but slower) HDD, but I'd recommend going for 256Gb.

Re all in one, meh...as others have said you're paying a premium for a lower spec model. If you're keen for things to look tidy, the main machine can sit under the desk (or monitor), and potentially you can look at various wireless options if you want to avoid cables everywhere...or if you're out and about a bit, why not a laptop with docking station?

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to Maslins
15th Apr 2019 14:03

"or if you're out and about a bit, why not a laptop with docking station?"

Common sense would suggest that, if you opt for the laptop and, take it home with you, as I do (now), at least if won't get stolen from the office!

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15th Apr 2019 15:04

Thanks for the response.

I can see the benefits of a tower desk top.

Does anyone has experince of refurbished desktop? Example

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FAST-FULL-SET-DELL-790-i5-DT-DESKTOP-PC-Dual-...

Looks like a great deal.

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to FirstTab
15th Apr 2019 19:40

FirstTab wrote:

Thanks for the response.

I can see the benefits of a tower desk top.

Does anyone has experince of refurbished desktop? Example

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FAST-FULL-SET-DELL-790-i5-DT-DESKTOP-PC-Dual-...

Looks like a great deal.

I'd buy a Dell refurb direct, not from eBay:

https://outlet.euro.dell.com/Online/InventorySearch.aspx?brandId=2&c=uk&...

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to Accountant A
16th Apr 2019 09:31

Personally, so long as they had a verifiable history in trading, I'd trust a third party to do a better refurb job than Dell, and to give better value.

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15th Apr 2019 21:54

Lenovo Think Brand is excellent and has multiple monitor support. Their support website is very good for gleaning specs. They do a massive range and are often number one PC seller globally.

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16th Apr 2019 11:17

FT I get all my gear from PC specialist these days

You can spec what you want and they build them in a few days

Got a micro tower for home office then a pair of decent monitors from PC and is cracking

I have a Lenovo in the office

Bad crack someone pinched your iMac that’s pretty bad form

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By mbee1
16th Apr 2019 08:28

We update our office laptops every three years. At the last upgrade we bought Dell and they were the biggest pile of c**p we'd ever bought. Our Lenovo's that we replaced the Dells with are now three years old and we reckon we'll get another few months or even a year of them them. Best laptops we've ever bought.

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16th Apr 2019 19:00

I don't think this DELL OptiPlex 5260 All-in-One, is any good now. why?
The very first thing to note that its processor is Pentium intel core i3. This version is as old as 2011 or 2012, so it will be slow. You need to look for a Pentium Intel core i7 now.

16 GB ram is recommended, 8 GB won't be bad for a couple of years.

The memory of at least 8 GB

And SSD (solid state drive) is a must now for fast startup.

Check out this one:

ACER
Aspire U 27 All-In-One Touch
U27-885/Black

Looks pricey, but will last you for another 5 years without any issues.

Too bad Samsung does not make cheaper all in ones now. I have a Samsung all-in-one which I bought in 2013, which is Intel core i5, it has slowed down a bit but still quite OK to work with.

I did like a DELL all in one, with Intel core i7, similar to ACER specs above, but the reviews were not that good.

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16th Apr 2019 20:00

Incidentally we set-up a new desktop PC. Had it delivered from ebuyer
https://www.ebuyer.com/862860-zoostorm-amd-desktop-pc-7290-3129

£300 inc VAT , no windows10 but you can get OEM licence for £15 from ebay/amazon.

256SSD hard drive , 8GB Ram, works with 2 monitors one via HDMI and VGA.

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By Maslins
to ketteringUK
16th Apr 2019 20:46

ketteringUK wrote:
...no windows10 but you can get OEM licence for £15 from ebay/amazon.

Sounds legit! [/sarcasm]
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to Maslins
18th Apr 2019 10:42

It's completely legitimate, that's what OEM Windows licences cost, it's only the software only licences that run to £100+

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By Maslins
to Duggimon
18th Apr 2019 11:48

You sure? If so, why would the likes of ebuyer charge closer to £100 for the same thing (https://www.ebuyer.com/718644-windows-10-home-64-bit-oem-kw9-00139), and you can only get these cheap deals from randoms reselling via a marketplace?

At that price I'd guess it's a volume licence key, being resold illegally. Ie Joe Bloggs works for big corporate, who pay £'000s to Microsoft for (say) 1,000 licenses, to be used by big corporate inside building of big corporate. At this stage they've maybe used 600. Joe Bloggs finds out the licence key and flogs it to randoms who don't work for big corporate.

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to Maslins
18th Apr 2019 15:32

I am 100% sure about the legality of OEM versions. I am not 100% sure that the ebuyer listing is correct because at that price there's no reason not to buy the full version.

The difference between OEM and full is the support offered, you need to support yourself if you go with the OEM, Microsoft offer support if you buy the full version.

https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/feature/windows/cheap-windows-keys-3665849/

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By Grovely
18th Apr 2019 14:57

We use these USB to VGA Adapters to add additional monitors, they work well.

https://www.startech.com/uk/AV/display-and-video-adapters/USB-Video-Adap...

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