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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    • Norphy
    • 11 years ago

    Looks like a cross between the Mac Mini and the G4 Cube

    • d0g_p00p
    • 11 years ago

    I hope this is fan less going by the name. I would use these in the edit booths at my work. Right now i am using KVM extenders and the USB is pretty wonky.

      • eitje
      • 11 years ago

      in the backside shot, that yellow dot definitely has some red/yellow power lines running into the middle of it. i don’t think it’s fanless. :-/

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 11 years ago

    How is that that much different from such things as the small-form-factor Optiplex systems?

      • eitje
      • 11 years ago

      it’s orange!

        • Helmore
        • 11 years ago

        Yup, and Valve’s Orange box sold well so this system will as well. >.<
        Where’s the logic? Hmmm, I guess I drowned it…..

          • eitje
          • 11 years ago

          they should totally partner the two (assuming it has a reasonable graphics card of the MXM variety).

    • Kurotetsu
    • 11 years ago

    Bah, it sucks they don’t show anything to scale it against except for some blurry smudge in one picture that may be a hand. Still, those are some sweet specs. Would’ve been nice to thrown in maybe one eSATA port if you wanted to add an external hard drive for more storage (and didn’t want to use USB anyway).

    Will this be packing Vista or another Linux variant like some of the others?

      • Corrado
      • 11 years ago

      Theres a DVI port, and an ethernet port… you now how big those are. Extrapolate from that.

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