Roundup of Tiny HTPC's

Roundup of Tiny HTPC's

Trent Johnson
Nov 18, 2009

Last week's announcement of Dell's Zino HD was exciting, adding another choice to an expanding market of powerful but small computers capable of running full screen HD (in the right configuration). The four front runners seem to be Dell's new Zino, Acer's AspireRevo, the Mac Mini and the AsRock Desktop Ion. Which would you choose? Survey after the jump.

For Hulu Streaming, Boxee, it's hard to beat a simple HTPC connected to your main TV. Here are some of the choices:

The Dell Zino HD is the newest of the bunch, and starts with the lowest price tag of $229, though probably incapable of large screen HD video.

The Acer AspireRevo is a slick looking HTPC based on the same Nvidia Ion chip set as the Dell Zino and costs between $350 to $450. The Dell has more configuration options.

The lesser known AsRock also packs a NVIDIA's Ion graphics technology and starts at $350.00 (available at Newegg). It's design is less refined, but it packs the same features as the other bunch, including a remote control option which the Zino currently lacks.

And finally the Mac Mini, which begins at a steep $599, packs desktop class graphics, a larger hard drive and built in wireless. Unfortunately, still no option for Blu-ray.

(Top Image: Klaas Jan Guchelaar)

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