Dell Inspiron Zino HD (like Mac Mini)
D. Hugh Redelmeier
hugh-pmF8o41NoarQT0dZR+AlfA at public.gmane.org
Tue Nov 17 21:44:46 UTC 2009
This is a new Dell thing that reminds one of a Mac Mini.
Seems quite interesting to me, but with problems. Of course I judge it as
if it were a Mac Mini, but that may not be fair
(What does "scalable only" mean with respect to eSATA?)
+ AMD low-power CPUs so better than Atom-based things (but worse than
Mac Mini which uses C2D). Do these do VT?
- base unit is US$229 or C$349. And the Canadian version has 1G of RAM
versus 2G in the US version
- upgrade Athlon 2650e to Athlon X2 3250e US$60 C$150
- no remote control
- only 2.1 sound! (I think that the HDMI carries surround sound, but it
is not mentioned in the specs. Uses an AMD740G which (if I remember
correctly) does some high def sound but not all you'd like.)
+ there is an option for a better video chip but I don't know how that
is installed. It does not seem to be a PCIe slot, but I could be
wrong. ATI Radeon HD 4330 with 512M: US$75 C$99
+ optional colour. Costs US$10 / C$30.
+ comes with DVD-writer. Upgrade to BluRay reader / DVD writer: US$100 /
- in general, nice options quickly increase the price.
? I wonder how quiet this is
I'm tempted by the US prices and turned off by the Canadian premium.
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