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Dell Studio Hybrid Desktop - Dell Studio Hybrid Desktop

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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Though the peripherals are a little disappointing, the same can't be said of the Studio Hybrid Desktop unit. This PC simply oozes style from the moment you take it out of its box. The Studio Hybrid can actually be divided into three parts: the core machine, a 'shell' - to use Dell's terminology - and the stand.

The machine itself is a small unit with glossy black front and back panels. The sides are silver, though you'll never see that unless you remove the shell. This sturdy plastic shell is an outer cover that slips over the actual machine, serving not only to protect the core unit but also to enhance its look.

Our model came with the transparent Sapphire Blue but the standard one comes in Slate Grey. However, you can also choose from a range of different colours and opacities, including orange, green, pink and blue, but bear in mind that these add an extra £30 to the price. For £90, you can even get a very smart-looking bamboo shell. Replacing a shell is easy, merely requiring the removal of a single screw.

The overall design is further enhanced by the Dell logo in a circle backlit in white, which is slightly recessed so that it looks like a crescent moon from most angles.

The front is fairly clean, with the Hybrid name and power button also glowing white. At this stage it's worth mentioning that not only does the PC's design and shape lend itself perfectly to either horizontal or vertical installations, but there are even some clever internals which will enhance your choice. For example, an internal sensor automatically rotates the LED-lit Hybrid name depending on how you orientate the machine. This works instantly and is one of those extra touches that makes you feel like you're getting your money's worth.


November 6, 2008, 1:45 pm

you cant be serious at those prices Dell.....

a better specced Dell laptop costs considerably less and includes a screen..!!


November 6, 2008, 3:11 pm

@HSC: Personally, I couldn't agree more! Unfortunately, at this kind of size there isn't exactly much competition to Dell's Hybrid at the moment, and some people will want it for its looks alone.


November 6, 2008, 5:37 pm

Yes, I agree, you can buy an Atom based EeePC for 𧷤 less which is the same kind of form factor, but your performance will suffer. A similarly specced Mac mini would probably come to about the same price.


November 6, 2008, 10:33 pm

Does anyone produce a PC with onboard freeview tuners and a remote control? I want a single box under my telly that I can use to watch the BBC iplayer - but also do the Humax type of thing as well for the other channels...... (Apple are you awake?) I am hoping the HDD maunufacturers will add an ethernet port and iplayer function but it is more likely to be a PC manufacturer who does it first. The ironic thing is that with the BBC iplayer the "media PC" is finally a desirable item - except I can't find one now!

Technology changes, and so sho

November 6, 2008, 11:09 pm

Something's not right here:

I went to the Dell website and it seems to claim that Wi-Fi is an optional extra on the base model, and I find no mention of integrated Bluetooth.

Blast! This units could have been so right (older Intel platform aside), but not including Bluetooth seems laughable.

This unit would look lovely next to my Full HD Plasma TV linked with HDMI, and I could save money on the package if it included Bluetooth and I could use my existing Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

Is there some sort of conspiracy among technology manufacturers to release stuff that just doesn't quite live up to expectation?


November 8, 2008, 3:46 am

So if I've got this right it cant play decent HD video or games due to feeble graphics, has a miserly 2GB RAM and 320GB hard drive, uses older (and cheaper technology), has a poor keyboard and mouse, has no screen and costs the best part of 𧼐. But it looks nice.

And somehow ends up getting an overall 8/10. Fascinating.

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