Dell's Zino Line: Candy-Colored Mini Computers

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Description

Call me a sucker for a good design, but I love Dell’s new candy-colored mini computers. New for this year’s holiday season the computer manufacturer has just launched a line of desktop PCs with small form factors…and surprisingly, quite a lot of power too.  Called the Dell Inspiron Zino HD, these mini machines offer up to 8 GB of RAM, 1 TB of hard drive space, a 1.8GHz dual-core AMD Athlon Neo X2 6850e CPU, a 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4330 GPU, a Blu-Ray drive, DVD burner, HDMI out, a 4-in-1 card reader, four USB 2.0 sockets, a pair of eSATA ports, Wi-Fi, and a wireless keyboard and mouse. The PCs start at $229, but if you trick them out with all the options, the price can end up being a lot more.

If you can wait to purchase, the line will soon feature a TV Tuner option as well, although that won’t be available at launch unfortunately.

The Zino PCs run Windows 7 and come with a wireless remote, too. You can learn more about the line on Dell’s website here.

The Discussion

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    USArcher

    Dell seems to be offering a decent remote with Zino HD but it hard to tell if it is IR or RF based and if this requires a USB dongle or not.  In any case, the footprint is awesome.  The 2.1 audio not so much. 

     

    I'd buy a couple of these if there was an easy way to put it in a Media Center only mode and more importantly a way to access Live TV from a centralized Media Center PC (w/digital tuners).  Since I have a WHS, storage capacity is not a concern...in fact I'd opt for a small capacity SSD drive (ex. 32GB) if they offered it.  A Windows 7 Premium, blu-ray, 3GB, 802.11n ...goes for about $400.

  • User profile image
    USArcher

    Dell seems to be offering a decent remote with Zino HD but it hard to tell if it is IR or RF based and if this requires a USB dongle or not.  In any case, the footprint is awesome.  The 2.1 audio not so much. 

     

    I'd buy a couple of these if there was an easy way to put it in a Media Center only mode and more importantly a way to access Live TV from a centralized Media Center PC (w/digital tuners).  Since I have a WHS, storage capacity is not a concern...in fact I'd opt for a small capacity SSD drive (ex. 32GB) if they offered it.  A Windows 7 Premium, blu-ray, 3GB, 802.11n ...goes for about $400.

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    Hektik Lyfe

    Like the look.  Mac mini inspired.  I love that it is Windows based and a LOT more customizable than the Mac BUT....I don't like that it is limited to AMD CPU's.  I'm an iNTeL fan.  (At least for now, I'm not exclusive.  I go with performance.)  You can tweak a very similar machine for $100 less than the Mac mini WITH a keyboard and mouse.

     

    No monitor or CPU that goes above 1.8 GHz though.  That will hurt as time goes by.

     

    I like where they're headed and this MAY eventually be my compliment to my current PC/Mac setup.  I wonder what the upgrade process is like compared to the Mac mini nightmare.

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    Hektik Lyfe

    Like the look.  Mac mini inspired.  I love that it is Windows based and a LOT more customizable than the Mac BUT....I don't like that it is limited to AMD CPU's.  I'm an iNTeL fan.  (At least for now, I'm not exclusive.  I go with performance.)  You can tweak a very similar machine for $100 less than the Mac mini WITH a keyboard and mouse.

     

    No monitor or CPU that goes above 1.8 GHz though.  That will hurt as time goes by.

     

    I like where they're headed and this MAY eventually be my compliment to my current PC/Mac setup.  I wonder what the upgrade process is like compared to the Mac mini nightmare.

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