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Dell is at it again with a new mini PC aimed at Home Cinema fans, the Inspiron Zino HD 410. It's the same size as its predecessors but improves on a few points that prevented the original Zino HD from coming away from our lab with a perfect score of five stars. The version we tested has a Blu-ray drive, a triple-core AMD Phenom II X3 P840 processor and a dedicated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450 graphics card. It's available directly from Dell as the Zino HD 410(D00Z4110) for £528.99, and this test only refers to that version. Other models have a DVD reader-writer instead of a Blu-ray drive, a less powerful processor and graphics cards that can't decode HD audio formats. When you take it out of the box, the Inspiron Zino HD 410 is a black, glossy unit, which is the perfect recipe for greasy fingerprints. But if you pay an extra £19.99, you can choose a different colour case. If you're using it for office work, the noise level produced by the fan is low enough to be inaudible, but if you're doing something more challenging, you can hear it turning faster. The hard drive isn't the quietest we've ever heard either. We're not sure if every Zino HD 410 will make as much noise as ours, but the one we tested certainly made a racket.
Dell's squarish Inspiron Zino HD 410 compact desktop PC is back, with a few impressive tweaks to make it even stronger than it was before. But the internals of this tiny, black PC aren't the only things that Dell amped up: The price of our configured system jumped to $825 (up from $557 for its predecessor). We love the upgrades Dell that explain the higher price, but the Inspiron Zino HD 410 is approaching budget desktop PC territory, where $825 buys a lot of power and versatility. The Zino HD 410 incorporates a 1.7GHz AMD Phenom II X4 processor--a step up from its predecessor's 1.5GHz AMD Athlon 3250e CPU--and it doubles the memory of its older companion to reach 6GB of DDR3-1333 RAM. Similarly, the system's storage jumps from 320GB to 750GB. On our WorldBench 6 test suite, the Zino HD 410 outperformed its predecessor by 32 percent. In our gaming tests, the system managed a frame rate of 16.5 frames per second on our Unreal Tournament 3 benchmark (at 2560 by 2100 resolution and high quality)--a big step up from the previous iteration's 0 fps, but still very nearly unplayable. We had to crank our resolution down to about 1024 by 768 for adequate game play.
You can certainly use the Dell Inspiron Zino HD (Inspiron 410) ($849.99 direct) as the centerpiece in your home-theater setup. This compact desktop takes up about as much shelf space as the recent Apple Mac mini (HDMI) ($699 list, 4.5 stars), even though it's a bit taller. It has a quad-core processor, decent discrete graphics, a large 750GB, 7,200-rpm hard drive, MCE remote, integrated IR sensor for the remote, 6GB of DDR3 memory, and a Blu-ray drive. It's almost a perfect PC companion to an HDTV - the only thing missing is a TV tuner, so the system can work as a DVR. Assuming that you already have a cable company DVR, then the system becomes the perfect HDTV companion. At this moment, the Dell Inspiron Zino HD is the best candidate for your home theater PC, so we award it the Editors' Choice for compact desktop PCs. The Zino HD (Inspiron 410)'s outer appearance is essentially unchanged from the Inspiron 400 version. It has the same 3.5-by-8-by-8-inch (HWD) chassis, and you can order up to three different colored lids in addition to the standard glossy black lid. Our review unit had the Mercury Silver lid; the other available colors are Tomato Red and Peacock Blue.