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Dell's new $750 Inspiron Zino HD features beefier specs than the model we saw previously, and with a Blu-ray drive and upgraded graphics power this is now an especially capable living room PC. Despite its bolstered features, the Zino's slow computing performance makes it look expensive compared with a a Mac Mini or competing Windows-based living room PCs. We can recommend the Zino if you're looking for a small Windows-based PC with a Blu-ray drive to serve up content to your living room with little setup hassle. If you want computing performance over living room capability, or if you're comfortable making hardware upgrades to an existing system, you can find better value in other small computers in the same price range. Dell offers the Zino in a variety of configurations, from the $300 baseline model, all the way up to this $750 build. Dell dubs the $750 version the "Ultimate Entertainment" model on its Web site, and it's your only option if you want a Zino with a Blu-ray drive. You can configure this version further with more RAM, a larger hard drive, or even a different color for the removable plastic top plate, but you must also accept the AMD Phenom II X4 processor and the upgraded ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450 graphics chip.
Hardware: small but full of connectivity Dell is hoping to win customers over with a plastic case that, although bigger than the Mac Mini, comes in a range of different colours. The look you go for varies in price from £20 to £30 depending on the design you choose, but it's up to you to decide whether that's a deal breaker or a useless extra. When you're doing office work, the produced by the fan is minimal, and you can't hear anything at all if you're more than a metre away. Noise levels pick up when the computer is tackling more challenging apps, but the fan never becomes a nuisance. The Blu-ray drive spins very quickly and makes a lot of noise when you're installing software or loading a game, but it soon calms down. You can hear it when you're watching a movie too--the PC comes with PowerDVD DX--so you should keep your distance if you don't want to be too disturbed by it. Even the most basic version comes with a and a USB adaptor, which is a shame as that means one of the four USB ports is taken up straight away. We could done without that, of course, and it also spoils the stripped-down look a bit. A built-in chip would have been a much better choice.
For the last couple of years, Dell's foray into the small-form-factor desktop market was its successful mini-tower (with the emphasis on "mini") Studio Hybrid. But with Dell's latest small-form-factor entry, the Inspiron Zino HD, out goes the vertical mini-tower and in comes the horizontal square--7.8-inches wide by 7.8-inches deep to be exact, and a mere 3.4-inches tall. Like the Studio Hybrid (which Dell still sells), the Inspiron Zino HD (a.k.a. the Inspiron 400) is a solid little machine, with decent mainstream performance, and geared towards budget-minded consumers. Similar to how you could change the Studio Hybrid's looks by swapping out different-colored sleeves, the Inspiron Zino HD can switch personality with the snap of new color or pattern lid. Of course, other than the default "Piano Black" lid, you'll have to pay extra for any of the Inspiron Zino HD's other color ($15 each) or pattern ($30) lids. And with a starting price of $249, the Inspiron Zino HD can give any number of nettop PCs a run for their money. Tags: SFF, HTPC, Dell Inspiron Zino HD, small-form-factor desktop, home theater PC, replaceable lids, stylish PC
The ideal home-theater PC is capable of dishing out high-definition media, while remaining unobtrusive--qualities the Dell Inspiron Zino HD excels at. The miniscule 8-by-8-inch shell will fit about anywhere you can think of, is whisper-quiet, and can hook up to your HDTV or computer monitor using its HDMI or VGA connections. It also has two eSATA ports and four USB slots (perfect for connecting external hard drives full of media), and a multiformat media card reader makes it convenient to view photos on the big screen. The Zino HD starts at $250 and scales up to specs that include a 1TB hard disk. The $557 (as of February 1, 2010) configuration we tested had Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, 802.11n Wi-Fi (important for streaming HD video), 320GB of storage, and 3GB of DDR2 memory. While most of the minidesktops we see use some variant of Intelâ??s Atom processor lineup, Dell has gone with a dual-core, 1.5-GHz AMD Athlon 3250e CPU. And what a difference this makes. The Inspiron Zino HD scored 59 in our WorldBench 6 test suite, placing it among the best-performing mini-PCs we've tested.