Adding to the existing laptop and mini-desktop offerings.
Looking at the Studio Hybrid mini-desktop and the Studio Laptop range one help but think there’s a slot Dell has yet to fill – where’s the fully-fledged desktop Studio system? Funnily enough, that’s exactly what Dell has announced today. Supposedly intended to be the “heart of home entertainment command centers (sic) and multimedia activities”. Presumably there’ll be one of these in the Death Star command centre somewhere, then.
Two Studio Desktop SKUs are available, the standard Desktop and the Desktop Slim the former of which is packed inside a ‘normal’ sized case, the later in (oddly enough) a slimmer chassis which can be stood either vertically or horizontally. Both offer a range of configuration options, including Intel CPUs from the 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo E7200 up the 2.83GHz quad-core Q9550, up to 8GB of DDR2 RAM and ATI graphics options.
All configurations come with HDMI output, two front and four rear USB ports and card readers as well as optional Blu-ray drives. Connectivity wise there’s gigabit Ethernet and optional built-in Draft-N wireless. In fact, all that really separates the Studio Desktops from any other Dell system is the styling, which is much more living-room friendly (so to speak) than the company’s other systems.
Pricing in the US starts from $549 (~£280) with systems available now. We’ll likely have UK-centric details within the next few days, knowing Dell.