updated 09:10 am EDT, Thu September 23, 2010
Dell Inspiron One 23 and quad Zino HD debut
Dell swung its attention to models directly competing with Apple on Thursday as it launched a new all-in-one desktop and upgraded its smallest desktop. The 23-inch Inspiron One is meant to go both against the iMac and HP's TouchSmart line with a 1080p, multi-touch display that centers on a new touch front end known as Stage. The interface provides quick access to apps, music, photos and video, including online services such as CinemaNow and Netflix.
The One is likewise a long-due upgrade to quad-core: an optional upgrade gives it an Athlon II X4 processor. Dell promises options for Mobility Radeon HD 5450 graphics, a Blu-ray drive and as much as 1TB of disk space. HDMI input is built-in and turns it into a full-fledged display for game consoles, TV set-top boxes and other devices for students and others who may want to consolidate all their media into one device.
Base specs for the Inspiron One haven't been revealed, but they should be made public this weekend when the system goes on sale for a starting price of $799.
The Texas PC builder is also reviving its largely untouched Zino HD desktop. The Mac mini competitor can now scale up to a quad-core, 1.7GHz Phenom II X4 and Mobility Radeon HD 5450 video. Its focus remains on home theater with HDMI and VGA as its main video outputs, 7.1-channel sound and options for Blu-ray and wireless extras like a keyboard and infrared remote.
Zino HD models start at $299, though this scales down to a single-core 2.3GHz Athlon II and brings no more than 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, a DVD burner and integrated Radeon HD 4250 video. Non-theater options let it scale up to 6GB of RAM, a 1TB disk and choose one of three colors for the mini PC's top.
Dell has never broken out sales figures specific to its all-in-one and mini PC models, though the iMac isn't known to have lost its lead as the bestselling all-in-one.