The Dell Zino HD mini-desktop has been on the market for a while, but the company has upgraded the hardware a few times since first introducing this small form factor PC. Several different Zino HD models were deeply discounted after Thanksgiving this year, so I picked one up with the goal of turning it into a media center PC.
The model I got has a 2.2GHz AMD Athlon II X2 P340 dual core CPU, 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 250GB 7200RPM hard drive, and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics. It comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, a DVD burner, and a decent array of USB ports, an eSATA port, and HDMI and VGA ports.
The computer is bigger than your typical Intel Atom-powered nettop, but it’s still tiny by desktop PC standards, and should fit pretty comfortably into the small space by an HDTV I have picked out for it. It should also offer significantly better performance than a typical nettop, thanks to the dual core AMD processor and Radeon HD graphics. I don’t really expect to do a lot of gaming or other heavy lifting, but I expect the computer to able to handle 1080p HD video and Flash video reasonably well.
The model I purchased came to about $370, but the Zino HD is available in a variety of configurations, starting as low as $294
I’ll have more details after I’ve had a chance to test the Zino HD a bit more, but for now you can check out my unboxing video. Sorry for the poor camera quality. There was more light coming in from the window than I had expected.