Dell Zino HD 'nettop' is cheap, has AMD guts

Eat your hearts out, nettops. There's a new kid in town, and it's got a little more power under the hood than your typical Atom processor and old-school Intel chipset. Dell has started offering the Zino HD, a low-cost, small-form-factor, Athlon-powered PC, on its Irish website.

Measuring just 7.8" x 7.8" x 3.4" and weighing a scant 3.53 lbs (barely heavier than your average netbook), the base Zino HD model carries a 1.6GHz AMD Athlon 2650E processor, Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics with HDMI output, 2GB of DDR2 memory, a 320GB 7,200-RPM hard drive, a DVD burner, 802.11n Wi-Fi, an external Serial ATA port for additional storage, and Windows 7 Home Premium x64.

With those specs, the Zino HD will set Irish buyers back just €329. Dell hasn't added the system to its U.S. online store yet, but we can get an idea of possible U.S. pricing by looking at, say, Dell's Inspiron Mini 10, which costs €279 in Ireland and $299 Stateside. If the same price relationship carries over to the Zino HD, you could very well see it with a $349 price tag on the other side of the pond. That's definitely nettop pricing.

Dell doesn't stop there. You can customize the Zino HD with dual-core Athlons, discrete Radeon HD 4330 graphics, Blu-ray, up to a terabyte of storage, and up to 8GB of RAM. As with all nettops, though, you'll have to bring your own monitor—or select one of the ones Dell offers on the configuration page.

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