Tuesday, July 29th 2008

Dell Launches New Studio Hybrid and Inspiron Systems

Dell’s smallest, most personalized and most environmentally responsible consumer PC, the Studio Hybrid, launches today. Available immediately at Dell, the PC’s new unique shape and size, personalized with six external jewel-toned color or bamboo finish options, unleashes stylistic expression, inspiration and fun and looks great in any room.

Dell also unveiled two new Inspiron PCs, including the Inspiron 13, a sleek and stylish sub $700 13-inch laptop perfect for students heading back to school, available starting next week at Wal-Mart. The Inspiron 518 desktop, available immediately at dell.com, is designed for everyday family multi-media activities, be it catching up on favorite TV shows via the Internet, playing online games, and storing and accessing music playlists and digital images.

“The design and craftsmanship of the Studio Hybrid alone are enough to cause you to do a double take,” Michael Tatelman, vice president, global consumer sales and marketing. “Combine that with the performance of this little beauty and its environmentally smart DNA, and you’ve got something truly unique – something that you can make your own.”

Studio Style, Energy Efficient
As with Dell’s recently announced Studio laptops, the Studio Hybrid was designed to enhance personal expression and creative living. Dell’s smallest desktop PC, about the size of a collegiate dictionary, can fit just about anywhere. Depending on the location or decor, the Studio Hybrid can be set up in a vertical or horizontal orientation, and be personalized with a choice of seven optional, interchangeable external finishes or color sleeves: Bamboo, Emerald, Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Slate, and Topaz.

With a starting price of $499, the petite PC has the performance to take on the digitally enlightened user’s everyday activities like creating mash-ups, content for personal web pages, editing and uploading videos and digital photo albums. The Studio Hybrid is at home in the living room, fitting easily into entertainment centers, and connecting to HD TVs via a standard HDMI port. When paired with an optional wireless keyboard, people can easily flip back and forth from watching a favorite broadcast TV show or sporting event to checking online stats, sending email, looking at digital pictures, etc. on the TV. Customers can configure a Studio Hybrid with variety of optional technologies and peripherals to make it truly unique, like:
  • Optional Wi-Fi networking – allows people to place the PC anywhere that’s convenient for them.
  • Optional wireless keyboard and mouse help ensure a clean desktop, counter top or coffee table.
  • Optional Blu-Ray Disc drive for watching high-definition DVDs.
  • Optional TV tuner that enables users to watch, pause and record live TV.
“Our goal was to design a desktop that fits in the office or in the living room, or anywhere space is at a premium,” said Michael Scheschuk, desktop product marketing. “We’ve created a desktop PC category that combines style, performance and a high degree of energy efficiency.”
The Dell Studio Hybrid is about 80 percent smaller than the typical desktop minitower, and uses up to 70 percent less energy. In addition to being extremely energy efficient and Energy Star 4.0 compliant, the Studio Hybrid’s unique packaging was designed to be environmentally responsible:
  • Reduced packing materials 30 percent by weight.
  • Packing materials are also 95 percent recyclable.
  • Reduced printed documentation 75 percent by weight.
  • System recycling kit is included.
The Studio Hybrid is available today on http://www.dell.com/hybrid and will be featured in select retailers later this fall.

Inspiron: Simple, Yet Smart PCs for the Family
Dell also expanded its Inspiron family with the addition of the Inspiron 518 desktop and Inspiron 13 laptop. Both systems deliver solid performance and smart style at a great value.

The Inspiron 13 laptop is a great choice for back to school shoppers looking for a smaller, lighter, more efficient mobile PC. With a starting weight of just under 5 pounds, the Inspiron 13 combines a simple and clean design encased in glossy Pacific blue with black trim. Smart features include a 13-inch high definition display, capacitive touch media buttons, 8-in-1 media card reader and slot-load DVD drive. Optional features include built-in wireless networking, built-in webcam and Bluetooth connectivity. A special $699 configuration of the Inspiron 13 will be available at Wal-Mart in the U.S. starting Aug. 3. Fully configurable systems will be available on dell.com on a global basis later in the month.

The Inspiron 518 desktop features a gloss-black exterior with chrome accents. Families will appreciate the top media tray with two easy-access USB ports for quick MP3 player syncing and cell-phone charging. It provides performance to meet the most typical family PC activities, like faster networking connections with Gigabit Ethernet, DX10 integrated graphics for casual gaming, optional 500GB hard drive for storing digital images and music libraries, and optional quad core processors. The Inspiron 518 starts at $349, and is available immediately on dell.com.

Finishing Touches:
Dell offers a variety of service application and software programs that help ensure consumers’ PCs stay up and running and easy to use, including:
  • Dell Support Center: Centrally located, easy-to-use application providing personalized support resources with quick links to service, support and system information resources dell.com/dellsupportcenter.
  • PC TuneUp: An easy-to-set-up smart tool that helps manage regular maintenance of a consumer’s PC. Automatically finds and fixes issue that slow down system performance. Available for $39.95 at dell.com/pctuneup.
  • Dell Dock: Automatically sorts pre-installed software into user friendly categories placing the most frequently used programs front & center.
  • Dell Video Chat: A one-click easy to setup and use video and voice communication program that can be shared with friends and family, sightspeed.com/dellvideochat.
Source: Dell
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6 Comments on Dell Launches New Studio Hybrid and Inspiron Systems

was just checking out the site and was wondering how i didnt see this on tpu. btw mally ur back f/t?
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I'll be fully back for good in two to three weeks time. At the moment I'm writing at work while I have 5mins to spare, helping btarunr as much as I can.
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Crap, I guess they'll be announcing the mini-note thing next month, then.
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Hmmm, at least this will back away more n00bs due to compatibility issues lol. I wonder what the rating of that PSU is like with the desktop? Probably 85-90%.
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mdm-adph said:
Crap, I guess they'll be announcing the mini-note thing next month, then.
Yeah, I'm in the same boat, buddy. I can't wait for them to offer the Mini-Inspiron...I have $600 burning a hole in my pocket.
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That notebook is almost exactly the thing I have been looking for;
13" form factor
Cheap price
Inspiron brand-name
Cool looks

I really hate how almost every single store that sells laptops doesn't stock 15.4" or less!! The whole point of a laptop is to be portable! It defeats the purpose, and they cost more!!
Does the Inspiron 13 use Montevina or Santa Rosa?
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