Dell has announced a mini desktop computer – the Inspiron Zino HD, that the company claims offers powerful components in a colourful, customisable and compact enclosure.
According to the Zino HD’s specification, it can be customised with 10 optional interchangeable coloured and patterned casings and measures a diminutive 20x20x8.6cm.
Despite its small dimensions, the Inspiron Zino is a fully-featured PC, with a range of AMD Athlon processors, ATI Mobility Radeon graphics, storage up to 1TB, and Ram up to 8GB.
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There’s an optional Blu-ray drive and an HDMI socket so the Zino HD can be connected to a compatible LCD or plasma TV.
Consumers can choose between different operating systems including , Windows Vista or Ubuntu Linux.
Zino HD prices and specs
Zino prices on Dell’s website start at £249 (including VAT and shipping) for a Zino with integrated graphics, 2GB of Ram, a 320GB hard drive and DVD rewriter but no monitor. HDMI outputs only feature on Zino HD models costing £299 or more.
The Zino could be seen as a rival to Apple’s Mac Mini, and compares favourably on price to the £499 entry-level Mac Mini.
Which? tech expert Al Warman said: ‘Dell’s Zino is a cute and colourful mini PC on the outside, but under the skin there should be enough power to use for most tasks. Consumers may choose to use a Zino HD as the centre of a home entertainment system for watching HD movies, maybe even instead of a standalone Blu-ray player.’
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