Friday, November 13th 2009

Dell Inspiron Zino HD Puts Desktop Computing Back on the Desk

Dell today introduced the mini-sized Inspiron Zino HD, which is versatile enough to handle tasks from basic computing chores to driving a big-screen, High-Definition TV media center. With a choice of colors, the Inspiron Zino HD can be easily personalized to add flare to any room in the home.

Starting at $229, the Inspiron Zino HD includes standard HD-capable integrated graphics, HDMI output and built-in networking that make it smart for typical home and student computing activities such as word processing, e-mail, organizing photos and music, and surfing the Internet.
The economical Inspiron Zino HD with optional additional memory, hard drive storage, combo Blu-ray disc player, HDTV tuner, wireless remote control and Windows 7 Media Player and turns into a powerful home media center computer. In that capacity the Inspiron Zino HD can record and play your favorite TV shows, display high-definition content from the Internet, and store and deliver music, video and photos very well.

The Inspiron Zino HD is also ideal as an additional household PC that can fit in tight spaces and make home networking a cinch. It measures about 7.75 inches square and 3.5 inches tall. While small in size, the Inspiron Zino HD is a big performer with:
  • Ultra-small form factor designed to fit almost anywhere.
  • Easy personalization with nine color choices for Inspiron Zino HD.
  • Choice of AMD processors or dual core Athlon Neo X2 6850e.
  • Up to 8GB dual channel DDR 2 memory.
  • Up to 1TB internal hard disk storage.
  • Combo DVD/CD RW drive with optional Blu-ray Disc combo.
  • Integrated 10/100/1000 networking with wireless option.
  • Optional TV tuner, wireless keyboard and mouse.
  • Built in 2.1 high-definition audio and 4-in-one media card reader.
  • Integrated ATI graphics adapter with standard HDMI and VGA video connections, and optional 512MB discrete graphics adapter.
  • Four USB ports (2 front/2 rear); two eSATA ports (rear).
  • Energy-Star 5.0 compliant.
A basic Inspiron Zino without High-Definition capability or upgrade options will be offered in some regions.
“The Inspiron Zino HD proves again that great things can really come in small packages,” said John Terwilliger, Director of consumer products. “It is a fashionable and functional computer that is small enough to fit almost anywhere in the home and can be personalized for the style-minded.”

The Inspiron Zino HD is available today directly from Dell at with a choice of operating systems from Windows Vista Home Basic through Windows 7 Professional.
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27 Comments on Dell Inspiron Zino HD Puts Desktop Computing Back on the Desk

YOu can't really even compare a C2D to that processor in the Dell. Or the cooler you have chosen, or the PSU, or the motherboard.

Finding things on sale and why use Vista when Windows 7 is out?

I could build a tiny monitorless system with crap specs for cheap, or buy a prebuilt barebones piece for cheap with no OS and run Linux, or 7 and still be cheaper with better upgrade options.
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One thing I am curious

One thing I am curious though how would any of the CPU's Dell has offered with this box handle 1080p MKV format as there is hardly any hardware acceleration of a MKV container. Moreover, that would be without doubt what users we'll be looking for as most HD content is found as MKV's.

I would love some thoughts on it.

machinist said:
Its very cheap indeed as a SFF HTPC..

Inspiron Zino HD - $384

Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic SP1, 32-Bit
AMD Dual Core Athlon™ X2 3250e (1MB L2, 1.5GHz)
1 Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis - Important Information
McAfee SecurityCenter, 30-Day Trial
No Monitor
2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 2 DIMM
250GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
8X DVD+/-RW Drive
ATI Radeon HD 4330 512 MB
Integrated 2.1 High Definition Audio
Dell USB Entry Keyboard
Dell USB Optical Mouse
Dell 1397 802.11 b/g Wireless Card
Piano Black

Compare it to one of these..

Mini-ITX - $444

ZOTAC GeForce GF9300-D-E ITX WiFi LGA 775 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
$129.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate

PNY 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model MD2048KD2-667 - Retail

Intel Pentium E6300 Wolfdale 2.8GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E6300 - Retail

HITACHI Travelstar 5K500.B HTS545025B9A300 (0A57912) 250GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive

M350 Universal Mini-ITX enclosure
picoPSU-150-XT + 102W Adapter Power Kit
SILVERSTONE NT07-775 90mm CPU Cooler - Retail


Apple Mac Mini 2009 - $668.00

2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
3MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed
1066MHz frontside bus

2GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x1GB
120GB Serial ATA Drive
One FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
Five USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 128MB or 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory2
Built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi wireless 802.11n networking3 (based on 802.11n draft specification); IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
Slot-loading SuperDrive with double-layer support

Extended desktop and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports up to 1920 by 1200 pixels on a DVI or VGA display; up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on a dual-link DVI display using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (sold separately)
VGA output using Mini-DVI to VGA Adapter (sold separately)

Apple Remote

Mini-DVI to DVI Adapter
110W power adapter and power cord
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