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Dell Details Studio Hybrid Desktop

A few weeks ago Dell made its studio laptop line-up official so it seemed like only a matter of time before the desktop equivalent, the previously-leaked (in a rather blurry fashion) Studio Hybrid, was given a similar treatment. As expected that has now happened, with Dell stumping up the full details of its 'eco-friendly' desktop PC, set to rival the Mac mini, rather than the Eee Box as I wrongly speculated.

That's borne out by the choice of processors Dell has made; Core 2 Duo options rather than an Intel Atom CPU. However, despite using a more powerful CPU, the Hybrid does still keep its power draw down below 65W. Judging from the specs, we suspect that the system uses Intel's Centrino 2 (a.k.a. Montevina) notebook platform, rather than desktop components. But when it helps keep the power draw and heat output to a minimum without sacrificing performance that's a hardly much of a sacrifice.

The Studio Hybrid also boasts features such as HDMI output (alongside as a DVI port), coupled with the options of both a Blu-ray drive option and a TV tuner - all three features Apple doesn't offer anywhere in its Mac range, let alone the Mini which Dell is attempting to rival with this machine. A slew of USB ports, Draft-N WiFi and a card-reader give the Studio decent connectivity credentials, too.

Stylistically Dell also seems to be competing with Apple, offering a range of interchangeable case covers, from Blue, through orange to green - there's even a bamboo option. Unlike the Eee Box and its ilk, the Studio Hybrid should be powerful enough to sit as a replacement as a desktop, just without the space and power requirements.

Price-wise the Studio Hybrid is much more friendly than many a desktop, sitting at $499 (~£250) for the base spec, offering a 1.73GHz dual-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 160GB Vista-fitted hard drive. Obviously upping the spec will similarly raise the price.

Now if Dell can just get OSX running it might really have a Mac Mini rival in the making!

Ash

July 29, 2008, 6:26 pm

You mention a starting price of &#163250... but its &#163399 on Dell's UK website, thats a mark-up of &#163149 for people in UK!

Luan Bach

July 29, 2008, 7:50 pm

Yes, had a quick look and I don't get it, for that price I may as well by the laptop.

ChaosDefinesOrder

July 29, 2008, 7:53 pm

yeah, that'd be about right... "being british tax" at its finest...

HSC

July 29, 2008, 8:09 pm

'Being British' Tax aside you gotta be happy with their choice of Core2 over Atom.... At least it will have usable performance.

Hugo

July 29, 2008, 8:11 pm

Wasn't on the site when I wrote this. That's both Value Added (US prices are pre-tax) and Being British Taxes sadly.

Pbryanw

July 29, 2008, 10:15 pm

Finally a decent, good looking, Windows equivalent to the mac mini (and one that doesn't try and ape its style). Good to see a firewire port too, along with a slightly better GPU then the mini. The &#163399 basic option only gets you a Celeron processor though. It's an extra &#16345 for a Core 2 Duo.

flink

July 30, 2008, 1:03 am

Hopefully it will be eligible for the Vista Premium downgrade to XP. It's a nice looking box.

Wackywavinginflateablearmflail

July 30, 2008, 2:46 am

How is it that Cnet.com already has a review and a video up..?





Oh that's right...





http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

Pbryanw

July 30, 2008, 3:10 am

Just wondering, can we expect to see a review of this PC in TR soon, now that it's available for sale?

The Pope

July 30, 2008, 5:05 am

I'm gonna go with "because it's been out in the States before the UK"...

Wackywavinginflateablearmflail

July 30, 2008, 5:33 am

Really? I thought it came out on July 29th in all sorts of countries. Huh, guess I'm wrong then. Thank you for correcting me!





Well I hope you guys get one in soon for a review, love to get the low down. Looks like the most feature laden mini pc around.

Andy Vandervell

July 30, 2008, 1:40 pm

Dell do generally prioritise the US when it comes to review allocation. It's just the nature of things I'm afraid. Actually, we have a very good relationship with Dell despite the M1730, but there are plenty of other people besides us who want stuff.

TheEvilGenius

July 30, 2008, 2:30 pm

Hmmm, now that is a nice looking bit of kit....

Wackywavinginflateablearmflail

August 5, 2008, 4:37 am

Just checked it out, looks really nice. Perfect for the back to school crowd. But if that were me again, I'd probably buy a netbook. Just for the portability and the price. Technology just keeps getting smaller and smaller! Can't wait for cell phones from Zoolander to be hitting the shelves! :)





In all honesty though, that was a terrible movie...

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