Dell's Zino Line: Candy-Colored Mini Computers

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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.

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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.

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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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