While it may be a few years late in the mini-PC market, and closely resembling a familiar friend, Dell's Inspiron Zino HD promises to deliver snappy performance for desktop PC lovers on a dime. Perhaps it was just our media addiction speaking, but the first thing that immediately came to mind was, "Perfect HTPC, anyone?"
And then our hopes dropped to the floor after hearing that a TV tuner won't be available at launch. Yep. Sadface. So those of you looking for that perfect HTPC may have to look elsewhere for now.
Still, with its tiny dimensions (7.75- x 7.75- x 3.5-inches) and fairly low price tag ($229), the Zino HD sounds like it'll still be just enough to cater to those looking to downsize their desktop footprint. The base configuration starts at 1.6GHz dual-core AMD Athlon Neo X2 2650e CPU, 2GB (upgradable to 8GB), up to 1TB of HDD space, an optional Blu-ray drive, an integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200 GPU and
your usual WiFi uh... there's no WiFi with the base config (but it's upgradable to wireless b/g). Other caveats include a 4-in1 card reader, 4 USB 2.0 sockets, and eSATA ports.
More info about the Dell Inspiron Zino HD can be found here at their product page.