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.