We expected Dell’s U.S. arm to charge around $349 for the AMD-based nettop, but as it turns out, the company only demands $229 for the cheapest configuration. That config has almost everything in common with the €229 European model: a 1.6GHz single-core Athlon, Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics with HDMI out, 2GB of memory, a DVD burner, external Serial ATA connectivity, and Windows 7 Home Premium x64. However, the U.S. model lacks integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi and comes with 250GB of mechanical storage instead of 320GB.
Adding 802.11g Wi-Fi will raise the total by $20 (802.11n costs $40), and the 320GB hard drive throws on an extra $25. Dell also lets you step up to a dual-core Athlon X2 for $60, and you can chuck in an 18.5" Dell IN1910N display for $160 more. All in all, you can get yourself a pretty decent small-form-factor desktop for well under $500. (The Zino HD measures only 7.8" x 7.8" x 3.4".)
Update: Although it’s too early to draw any conclusions, it appears that the U.S. Zino HD product page alternatively displays $229 and $359 price tags for the cheapest config when refreshed. We’ll keep you posted.