Dell readies Studio Hybrid mini-PC

The small-form-factor craze has taken the notebook market by storm lately, but PC makers are still showing desktops some love. Case in point: Dell's new Studio Hybrid mini-PC, of which Engadget has caught pictures.

The Studio Hybrid is apparently a version of the bamboo-encased concept Dell unveiled earlier this year, but with a shell made of orange Plexiglas instead. Inside the machine, Engadget says Dell has packed an Intel CPU and chipset of some type, 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, Wi-Fi connectivity, a DVD burner, HDMI and DVI display outputs, S/PDIF, a card reader, and five USB ports. The site says Dell might offer the system for $500 to $700, which makes sense considering the apparently comfortable specifications.

Despite the similarities, this system may not directly compete with the Asus Eee Box that launched earlier this month at $269-299. Asus outfits the Eee Box with an Atom processor, 1-2GB of RAM, 80-160GB of storage capacity, and Wi-Fi, but you won't find a DVD burner or HDMI output.

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