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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    • Creamsteak
    • 10 years ago

    They have a $229 version on the dell store now.

    • Welch
    • 10 years ago

    Im going to laugh seeing one of these show up at LAN parties… I guess they will be laughing if they see my hauling in an Antec 902 with monitor and all of the other heavy accessories that accompany it :P……

    Finally parents rejoice at only having to pay 250-350.00 for their 12 year old daughter to get her own computer.

    “YOUR USING THE CRT AND YOU’LL LIKE IT!”

    • rsaeire
    • 10 years ago

    I like the idea of the Zino and would have liked to get one, but I have no need for anymore computers. If only Dell released this last year, I could have got one instead of the Dell Vostro 200 MiniTower I bought instead.

    • Xenolith
    • 10 years ago

    Does it come with a bracket for attaching to your monitor?

    • Deanjo
    • 10 years ago

    Congratulations to Dell for successfully mating the MacMini with the thirteen “flavors” of the iMac G3.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 10 years ago

    Dude, you’re getting a dude!

    • shank15217
    • 10 years ago

    A good showcase for AMDs integrated platform, wondering why its not a ati 4200 based system instead of a 3200. The 785G has been out for a while now.

      • shank15217
      • 10 years ago

      These would be killer corporate PCs as well, minus the designer part maybe.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 10 years ago

    Any time I read ‘has ___ guts’ I can’t help but think of the old SNL skits with Tom Hanks. ‘Has Sony guts, is same thing!’

    • anotherengineer
    • 10 years ago

    Whats thats?!?!?! Dell has another AMD product!?!??!

    WOW

    Still cant buy anything with a phenII from them or a laptop with a turion II, well in Canada at least.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 10 years ago

      Canada is a terrorist-assisting nation so no advanced technology for you! Er wait…you were talking about AMD processors.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 10 years ago

    All those friggin colors and no silver…lame.

    • SPOOFE
    • 10 years ago

    With those specs, I bet it can run Torchlight. Let us usher in a new era of Light ‘N Accessible PC gaming!

      • thecoldanddarkone
      • 10 years ago

      It better, my x1250 runs torchlight fairly good at 1280×800.

        • SPOOFE
        • 10 years ago

        My Intel graphics runs Torchlight pretty good. I wonder how much the CPU matters in that game.

          • thecoldanddarkone
          • 10 years ago

          I’ve got a 1.33 c2d (U7700) and it seems to do pretty good, I haven’t turned down the settings to see if it would make a difference in framerate. Maybe I’ll do that and report back. I do know that it eats over 500 megs of ram, but that’s not a problem because I have 2.8 gigs of usuable memory (3 gb installed).

        • mcnabney
        • 10 years ago

        Well, the monitor/HDTV will likely be a 1920×1080 display, which is still a fairly high resolution. It will need some horsepower for games. Maybe slide a 5770 into it? Overkill?

          • UberGerbil
          • 10 years ago

          You can’t put a normal desktop PCIe card into it. You’re going to be stuck with the Mobility graphics parts they offer.

            • toyota
            • 10 years ago

            not to mention a 1.6GHz AMD Athlon couldnt come close to pushing even a midrange modern video card.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 10 years ago

          psst…this isn’t a ‘gaming system.’

            • NeelyCam
            • 10 years ago

            It would be cool to see a GTX295 crammed into one of these things…

    • bdwilcox
    • 10 years ago

    With boxes like these that fit into the “good enough” paradigm, it’s becoming more and more apparent that the guts (*cough*Intel Inside*cough*) don’t really matter anymore as long as things work the way they’re supposed to. Hello, appliance PC.

    • no51
    • 10 years ago

    I wonder if these could have a BD drive. If so, hello HTPC.

      • UberGerbil
      • 10 years ago

      Apparently you didn’t read the last paragraph of the article. Or follow the link to Dell’s site, where BR is a € 150 option.

    • DarkZombie
    • 10 years ago

    Lack of digital audio-out = FAIL as an HTPC

      • bdwilcox
      • 10 years ago

      It probably offers digital audio out over HDMI. Pretty good for a HTPC if that’s the case.

        • Kurotetsu
        • 10 years ago

        According to Google, so far, the HD3200 onboard graphics can only output LPCM stereo or DD/DTS compressed surround over HDMI. So anyone interested in using lossless Blu-ray audio with this is going to have to pay extra for the discrete HD4330 graphics card I think.

          • UberGerbil
          • 10 years ago

          Interestingly, that’s a no-cost upgrade on the site (at least at the moment).

            • Kurotetsu
            • 10 years ago

            Just saw that. Excellent idea.

          • mcnabney
          • 10 years ago

          I thought only the 5XXX cards could do PAP and provide a full HD Bitstream?

      • zqw
      • 10 years ago

      Not even on HDMI? …not clear on Dell site. I’d prefer optical as well.

    • tesla120
    • 10 years ago

    can any one say Mac Mini?

      • StashTheVampede
      • 10 years ago

      I have a Mac Mini that runs as my 24/7 server. It lacks HDMI out (F adapters) , eSata or FW800.

      One of these *would* be “easier” to deal with since it has HDMI out (straight to my TV, if I wanted) and eSata if I wanted to setup a DVR.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 10 years ago

      Depends on if you can get the dual-core in this thing up to about 2.5GHz to match the CPU performance of the 2.26GHz Core 2 in the Mini. If you can, and can keep it under $600, then I’ll definitely agree.

        • thecoldanddarkone
        • 10 years ago

        It’s not really on the same lvl either way. A 4330 is probably about 50 percent faster and the fastest cpu is about 40 percent slower than the 2.26 c2d. It’s got a full sized hard drive, ability to have 8 gigs, and has a blue ray option. They are competitive and competant in different areas.

    • UberGerbil
    • 10 years ago

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Dell offers its “designer” line of case patterns for this thing (eventually, if not right away), which means a lot more choices for the people who currently can’t find one they like.

    • UberGerbil
    • 10 years ago

    This is almost /[

      • AlvinTheNerd
      • 10 years ago

      There are AM2 MiniITX boards on Newegg based on the AMD 780G. However, there are pretty expensive as well as requiring laptop ram. 🙁

      Otherwise, I would too have a triple core minibox for the TV.

        • NeelyCam
        • 10 years ago

        I’d be concerned cooling that thing – a tiny box wouldn’t fit a large (=quiet) cooler. I think a lowest-end Clarkdale with a MiniITX would work better for this purpose since power consumption is lower (would probably be a bit more expensive, though).

        For my own HTPC, I will go with i5-660 and a larger case so I can fit a CoolerMaster Z600R passive cooler in it. Add an SSD, PicoPSU, two superquiet laptop drives (maybe put them in Scythe QuietDrive enclosures), and I will have a noiseless PC with extremely low idle power consumption (I’m shooting for 15-20W). This will double as an always-on media server.

        It won’t be cheap, though…

          • mnecaise
          • 10 years ago

          cooling it shouldn’t be too bad. The processor options are all in the 20W range.

    • bdwilcox
    • 10 years ago

    I think they all look great and are a very good deal for the money. I would definitely consider this for one of the “typical users” I know.

    • StashTheVampede
    • 10 years ago

    Dual Core, lots of ram, hdmi, esata, gig-e = pretty good htpc.

      • Sunburn74
      • 10 years ago

      agreed. would buy one.

    • Hattig
    • 10 years ago

    DuploPC.

    I guess some people will like how they look, but … ugh, they look so ugly.

    Specs are okay for the price I guess, but I would have preferred a “small home AV appliance” look.

      • Farting Bob
      • 10 years ago

      Then maybe decide not to choose one of the vibrant colours and pick the black one which will most likely be cheaper (such as it is with their laptops). Its not hard to work out.

        • cygnus1
        • 10 years ago

        I’d take the black one out of them all. that one looks ok.

      • UberGerbil
      • 10 years ago

      So spend more and get a Mac mini that will fit in fine with your kitchen appliances.

        • mattthemuppet
        • 10 years ago

        don’t know about you, but none of my kitchen appliances look like Macs.

        hmm, perhaps that’s where I’m going wrong 😉

    • derFunkenstein
    • 10 years ago

    VGA and HDMI, roughly a $350 price tag, and a DVD burner. Very nice. Wonder what these are like on the inside? A “base” Zino would be just about perfect for my parents, who are considering replacing their Athlon 64 3000+ eMachine with Radeon XPress 200 graphics.

    • Creamsteak
    • 10 years ago

    Pondering if I could pull something like this off as a Christmas present…

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 10 years ago

    Oh! They’re so /[

      • battleRabbit
      • 10 years ago

      I bet the blue one tastes the best.

    • khands
    • 10 years ago

    That’s one ugly machine.

      • ClickClick5
      • 10 years ago

      Yay 1980s!

        • UberGerbil
        • 10 years ago

        Other than the Pink and possibly the paint-swirl one (which currently isn’t even offered on the site) the color choices are more 1970s than 1980s. To go 80s you’d really need hot pastels (a la Miami Vice) and perhaps checkerboards or piano keys or random Japanese characters or lines (a la Van Halen guitars).

    • Sargent Duck
    • 10 years ago

    Darn, I read “netbook” (we see what we want to read) and got instantly excited about the graphics. Then my eyes went to the pictures and I realized this was a nettop. I’m all dissapointed now, I’m going to go home.

      • Gerbil Jedidiah
      • 10 years ago

      Dadnabbit I did the same thing.

      • grege
      • 10 years ago

      The Gateway LT3100 is getting close, and for a 11.6″ screen they are still very small. Looking the same size as any 10″ netbook except 1366×768, AMD64 cpu and x1270 graphics. Only a matter of time before someone goes the next step and brings out a model with 3200 graphics and a dual core.

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