At just 5 x 3.5 inches, Dell’s zino HD desktop PC will fit anywhere in your home–on your desk, in your entertainment center, or in the kitchen. And with a sleek and contemporary Piano Black finish, it won’t look out of place. With a 750GB hard drive and HDMI port, it makes an ideal home media machine, for loading up with your music and HD video, but it’s equally suited for day-to-day computing tasks.
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.
It is good enough for playing High definition videos and streaming HD content online is really a good experience with Zino. Also, playback of blu-ray movies was really amazing and smooth. The Zino is very compact with a length and width of 7.75 inches and height of 3.25 inches. It includes 802.11n wireless network connectivity and HDMI port for high definition video. The hard disk capacity is 750 GB and can be extended if required. Zino operates under 64-bit version Windows 7 Home premium operating system.
The Zino HD (Inspiron 410) is a prime example of a compact entertainment PC meant to hook up to a HDTV or large-screen monitor. Since it has full Windows compatibility, it’s more powerful on the Web and more flexible than Google TV adjuncts like the Logitech Revue or Sony’s Blu-ray player with Google TV. It’s a smidge bigger than the Mac mini, but it also comes with so much more in that larger chassis. Besides, both systems take up about the same amount of shelf space. The Mac mini is a faster system if you’re going to be creating and manipulating videos and photos, but the simple fact of the matter is that the Zino HD is a better multimedia consumption device due to its Blu-ray player, much larger hard drive, more memory for better multitasking, and Windows 7 operating system.
Dell Zino HD Specs:
* Processor: AMD Athlon Processor 2650e
* Processor Specs: 1.6GHz, 512MB Cache
* Memory: 4GB DDR2 SDRAM
* Video Graphics: Integrated ATI HD 3200 Graphics
* Hard Drive: 750GB (7200 RPM)
* Multimedia Drive: 8x DVD+/-RW
* Display: Monitor Not Included
* Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit)
* Digital Media: 4-in-1 Media Card Reader
* Networking: Integrated Ethernet
* Wireless Connectivity: 1397 b/g Card
* Sound/Speakers: Integrated Audio, Dell AX210 Speakers
* Keyboard: USB Keyboard
* Pointing Device: Dell Optical USB Mouse
* I/O Ports: USB 2.0 (2 Front, 2 Back); RJ45 Ethernet; Microphone/Headphone
* Width: 4.88″
* Depth: 4.88″
* Height: 3.5″
* Warranty: 1-Year Limited Hardware Warranty, In-Home Service after Remote Diagnosis, 24/7 Phone Support
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