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Dell Teases Inspiron Zino HD Mini PC

If you're feeling in a particularly speculative mood, then take a gander at these photos of the Dell Inspiron Zino HD and feel free to guess to your hearts content what lies within its glossy exterior. Why the guesswork? Because aside from hinting it will use "desktop components" Dell is keeping silent about what will power the system.

Some inferences can be made without fear of looking silly, at least. The combination of the system's name and the presence of an HDMI port at its rear would suggest high definition content playback is high on the Zino HD's agenda. An optical drive of some sort is present, which could make Blu-ray playback a possibility - don't hold your breath though.

There is a card reader and two USB ports up front, with a further four at the rear, one of which looks to double up to provide eSATA. A VGA input is provided, though why anyone should want to use it is beyond me when HDMI is available.

On a purely aesthetic note, the Zino HD will have interchangeable covers, rather like the Studio Hybrid, somewhat cementing its place as a consumer-orientated device, as if that was necessary. Alas the folks at Gizmodo were unable to get any other info out of Dell.

Seeing as we're in supposition land at the moment, though, I should point out that I have it on good some authority that the drive bay will also accept bread, which will be turned into delicious toast. Just you wait and see.

Link:

Gizmodo.

Chris

August 13, 2009, 10:46 pm

Hmm. Well, 'desktop components' surely mean it's not Atom or CULV. A Phenom 'e' series on an ITX board perhaps?

xbrumster

August 13, 2009, 11:03 pm

the war of mini PC is getting heated up..

Ed

August 13, 2009, 11:09 pm

@Chris: AMD would love that - I reckon this thing could really take off! Looks liks a very nice system but should've happened years ago.

Bytes

August 13, 2009, 11:12 pm

I love how teh eSATA ports are actually USB (I have a direct comparison of USB/eSATA combo port, eSATA only port and USB port... these are USB's), and the VGA one is a serial port (count the pins) :P

pimlicosound

August 13, 2009, 11:20 pm

I'm hoping for a low-end Pentium or C2D, a G9400 chipset and a Blu-Ray drive. Now if there were only room for a half-height PCI-E expansion card, for a TV tuner, it would be ideal.

ilovethemonkeyhead

August 14, 2009, 2:29 am

ion. they could be sneaky and claim "well, it was in a desktop once..."





the ion could accept a dual core atom, anyhow.

Ed

August 14, 2009, 4:31 am

@Bytes: Right you are on both fronts. However, the eSATA port is quite clearly labelled so I'm guessing this might be an early mockup that doesn't actually have the functionality yet. As for the serial port, again, it could be there just to fill a hole until working versions of the system are made or it could just be a service port. Time will tell.

Chris

August 14, 2009, 6:48 pm

I reckon a serial port might end up being more likely than a VGA port in that hole. A lot of POS systems use serial interfaces, so maybe Dell want to target them as well.





@pimlicosound:


Whatever the chip is, it will need to be a low power design - spot the DC power jack, which means passively cooled external power supply.

pimlicosound

August 14, 2009, 7:20 pm

@Chris: Silent PC Review ran a C2D E7200 on the Zotac 9300 mini-ITX board in the Antec ISK 300, which uses a tiny 65W external PSU.





http://www.silentpcreview.com/...





There's no reason Dell couldn't use a decent set of desktop components in this, provided they're cooled adequately.

Chris

August 14, 2009, 7:44 pm

@pimlicosound: Yep, that's the kind of thing I was referring to. Something with a 65W TDP or less anyway...

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