NAB 2023: Dell Precision 3260 Compact is our pick for Best Computer

This year’s award for Best Computer of NAB goes to the Dell Precision 3260 Compact workstation. With the new Precision workstation, Dell promises a powerful yet affordable workstation for video editing and more. However, the most striking thing about this new computer is its size.

Dell’s smallest workstation

At only 7.48 inches tall by 2.83 inches wide by 7.01 inches deep, the Dell Precision 3260 Compact is the smallest Dell workstation yet. It’s designed to fit into any workspace, making it a good pick for independent content makers working from home or in other make-shift workspaces.

Dell Precision 3260 Compact with two larger Dell workstations
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Inside the Dell Precision 3260 Compact workstation

Despite its small size, Dell still packs in some hefty computing power. The new workstation is available with 12th generation Intel processors up to Core i9 along with up to 64 GB of 4800 MHz DDR5 memory. Error-correcting memory options are also available.

Exploded view of Dell Precision 3260 Compact
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As for graphics, the baseline configurations feature integrated Intel UHD graphics. However, for video editors and other creators, the system can also be configured with Nvidia dedicated graphics up to the Nvidia RTX A2000 with 12 GB of VRAM.

Scalable storage options include up to 9 TB of RAID storage and PCIe Gen 4 connectivity for fast transfer speeds.

Security and optimization

As a secured-core PC, the Dell Precision 3260 Compact provides security and data protection at the highest security standards. Beyond keeping your workstation safe and secure, it also touts optimized system performance thanks to Dell Optimizer. This AI-powered platform learns for your work habits and optimizes everything accordingly — right down to the audio quality.

OS options

As expected, the Dell Precision 3260 comes pre-loaded with Windows 10 Pro or Windows 11 Home or Pro. With the AI boom, Dell is also offering this new compact workstation with factory-installed Red Hat Linux or Ubuntu Linux.

Pricing and availability

Pricing for the Dell Precision 3260 Compact workstation is expected to start at around $2,000. For more information, visit

Nicole LaJeunesse
Nicole LaJeunesse
Nicole LaJeunesse is a professional writer and a curious person who loves to unpack stories on anything from music, to movies, to gaming and beyond.

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