updated 08:55 am EST, Thu November 12, 2009
Dell Zino HD uses AMD to undercut Apple
Dell this morning officially unveiled its most direct attempt at claiming the ultra-compact desktop space currently held by the Mac mini. Shown after multiple teases, the Inspiron Zino HD occupies roughly the same footprint as its Apple counterpart but uses AMD processors to keep the costs low while still supplying options its rival doesn't have. The micro PC is seen as a home theater PC and comes with native HDMI output as well as options of discrete Radeon HD 4330 graphics and a Blu-ray drive.
They can also carry up to 1TB of disk space, dual-core Athlon X2 or Athlon Neo X2 processors, and one of several top-side colors and patterns.
A base model starts as low as $359 with a single-core 1.6GHz Athlon, 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, a DVD burner and integrated Radeon HD 3200 video. Buyers can even strip out the optical drive altogether to lower the price to $229. Dell's best pre-configured system sells for $649 on discount and upgrades to a 1.8GHz Athlon, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB disk and the Radeon HD 4330 video option. Orders ship before the end of the month.