We first wrote about the Dell Zino HD when very little was known about the tiny computer. Since then the Dell Inspiron Zino HD has gone from official announcement, to availability, and as such, this post has been updated with the latest information.
Dell said that the Zino HD will feature “desktop component” rather than typical low power components found in a nettop. They have stuck to their word and are offering it with a number of configurations. The base configuration starts at just $229 from Dell.Com, offering great value for money.
The base Zino HD configuration offers an AMD Athlon 2650e processor, 2GB of RAM (upto 8GB), a 250GB 7200RPM HDD (upto 1TB), and ATI Radeon HD3200 graphics (upgrade to ATI Radeon HD 4330 available).
The Dell Zino HD has a similar footprint to the Mac Mini, and seems to be aimed for use as a HTPC. It is safe to assume that it is HD capable as it has “HD” in the name, and also features a HDMI output.
Judging from the photos, we can see an a optical drive of some sort, and on the back, HDMI output, VGA, USB 2.0, Ethernet, audio in and out and eSATA connections. You can upgrade the CPU to a dual core Athlon X2 3250e or Neo X2 6850e. It comes with an 8x DVD slot feed drive as standard but it can be upgraded to a blu-ray drive (reads blu-ray, burns DVDs) for $100 extra. Which would make the Dell Zino HD a superb HTPC.
The Dell Zino HD has now been released and is available to order and configure from Dell.Com, with prices starting at just $229.