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Dell Launches Tiny, Little Inspiron Zino HD

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Dell has officially launched the its Inspiron Zino HD, an ultra-compact desktop that also doubles as an HTPC.

Measuring in at 8-inches square, the base configuration rings in at $229 and packs AMD's single-core Athlon 1.6GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD, a DVD burner, integrated Radeon HD 3200 video and Windows Vista.

Then again, with options for an Athlon X2 or Neo X2, up to 8GB or RAM, up to 1 TB of storage, an ATI Radeon HD 4330 512MB card, and upgrades to various different versions of Windows 7, the pricing does tend to creep up. That said, Dell has a pretty decent pre-configured option on its site: For $649 you'll get AMD's Athlon 2850e, 4GB of DDR2, ATI Radeon HD 4330, 500GB HDD, Windows 7 Home Premium, integrated 2.1 HD audio and a 20" Dell ST2010 widescreen HD monitor.

Who's interested?

Hit up Dell for more info.

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    Honis , November 13, 2009 4:36 PM
    If the HDMI supports audio this thing has 7.1 channels of HD audio.

    Faster CPU and gfx than an Atom, HDMI port (non on mac mini) and the same price to boot. This is the perfect HTPC.
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    ssalim , November 13, 2009 4:26 PM
    All looks good save the price.
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    gwolfman , November 13, 2009 4:27 PM
    Should've waited for the cheap 5000 series ATi's for bitstreaming support :( 
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    Honis , November 13, 2009 4:36 PM
    If the HDMI supports audio this thing has 7.1 channels of HD audio.

    Faster CPU and gfx than an Atom, HDMI port (non on mac mini) and the same price to boot. This is the perfect HTPC.
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    wira020 , November 13, 2009 4:41 PM
    rooseveltdonI am not too impressed and i don't like the fact that this is in essence dell's version of a mac mini it's bad enough that they copied apple a company i am no fan of,but then they throw questionable specs as wlell blah,i'd rather build my own


    well, good for u then... i guess everything's made to catch up to apple... btw, if this is apple, it would have cost at least double that price...
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    Anonymous , November 13, 2009 4:51 PM
    i thought the point of an HTPC was to be able playback multimedia. can this thing -- the cheapest base config -- actually do that? seems a little weak under the hood.
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    bfstev , November 13, 2009 4:51 PM
    I'm guessing the addin video card would be on a riser?
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    deadlockedworld , November 13, 2009 4:52 PM
    haha.. it took them 4 years to copy the crappy Mac mini? Sad.
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    pbrigido , November 13, 2009 4:57 PM
    Honestly, I think it is just ugly. Plus I would rather spend a bit more and get the next gen Atom with Ion.
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    skittle , November 13, 2009 4:58 PM
    $649 ??? I think I will pass...
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    Transmaniacon , November 13, 2009 4:58 PM
    Yea this would make a nice little HTPC. Zino > AV Receiver > TV, all of this thought pending HDMI.
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    Transmaniacon , November 13, 2009 5:05 PM
    Prob easiest thing to do it buy the base config, and then pick up a low profile HD4650 with HDMI for ~$50, this all granted there isnt some special card size in there.
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    tipoo , November 13, 2009 5:06 PM
    Thats a good price! I recall a Atom 330 based nettop for over 300 dollars, with half the RAM and hard drive space.
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    WheelsOfConfusion , November 13, 2009 5:09 PM
    itsmariki thought the point of an HTPC was to be able playback multimedia. can this thing -- the cheapest base config -- actually do that? seems a little weak under the hood.

    The 780G chipset is actually pretty capable at media without needing a beefier discrete card.
    The problem with the base configuration is the single-core Athlon. I wouldn't put less than a dual-core into a machine these days, especially not something for entertainment. If they had managed to get a 4850e in here, it would have been much more powerful. Best they offer in this line is a dual-core Athlon Neo at 1.8GHz. The TDP of the Neo is rated at 15W, though, so it obviously runs a lot cooler than the desktop processor.
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    Nimmist , November 13, 2009 5:11 PM
    Wow, Intel settles law suits with AMD including anti-trust, and the next day Dell has an AMD PC?
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    hellwig , November 13, 2009 5:17 PM
    Why is Dell selling Vista by default with options to "upgrade" to Win 7. Is Microsoft actually supporting this, or is Dell just trying to milk more money out of mindless consumers by offering an "upgrade" to a more recent OS that should cost them the same? I guess Dell just has a few million unused Vista licenses still lying around they need to dump off on unwitting customers.

    Still for $229, this is the most fully-featured "nettop" I've seen yet, only its a real computer.
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    dupaman , November 13, 2009 5:24 PM
    WTH is 2.1 HD Audio? I only see a single (ie: 2.0) stereo minijack output. Does this thing have a small built-in sub and 2 small mid-high-range speakers? I thought not.

    You really can't beat the value of the low-end systems, though! It would be a good HTPC client if it's quiet and as long as you don't need to bitstream the 8ch codecs. They should offer Intel/Indilinx-based SSDs as options.
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    SamuelL421 , November 13, 2009 5:41 PM
    Not the worst idea I've seen, but lets be honest, its a mac mini. For that matter it isn't even an impressive mac mini until the $600+ price point.

    to quote deadlocked,
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    haha.. it took them 4 years to copy the crappy Mac mini? Sad.


    I think most who would opt for a HTPC will probably build something equivalent for less or something more powerful. The consumers looking for a small underpowered rig will go for probably get a discount net top or burn their dollars on a mac mini.

    I just can't see dell selling many of these.
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    leafblower29 , November 13, 2009 5:43 PM
    single-core Athlon 1.6GHz? Wait, I have an old 1.3ghz that's almost 10 years old. Is AMD still making those or is it a totally different CPU?
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    ravewulf , November 13, 2009 5:44 PM
    Needs an option for a TV tuner for me to want it
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