Dell Inspiron Zino HD refresh to include Phenom II CPU, Radeon 5450 discrete graphics options

Dell Inspiron Zino HD refresh to include Phenom II CPU, Radeon 5450 discrete graphics options

Summary: The Zino HD is Dell's small-form-factor, living-room-friendly desktop and Mac Mini competitor. It appears that there's a refresh on the horizon for the mini-PC, which will include updated processor and discrete graphics options from AMD and ATI.

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The Zino HD is Dell's small-form-factor, living-room-friendly desktop and Mac Mini competitor. It appears that there's a refresh on the horizon for the mini-PC, which will include updated processor and discrete graphics options from AMD and ATI.

Currently, the Zino makes use of older AMD Athlon CPUs and integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics. But Hexus.net found a Dell tech support document that lays out updated specs for the next-generation system. These include AMD Phenom II tri-core and quad-core CPU options, along with newer Radeon 4250 integrated graphics. In addition, there's an option for the Radeon 5450 discrete graphics if you want a little gaming power.

Other specs seem in line with the current Zino offerings: up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a Blu-ray drive option, built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi, and a single hard drive slot. In comparison, the Mac Mini uses older Intel Core 2 Duo processors and Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics, but doesn't offer a Blu-ray upgrade -- and has a much higher price tag.

[Via Fudzilla]

Topics: Dell, Hardware, Processors

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  • It's Zino...not Zinio

    Seriously the name is printed right on the front of the case in the picture....

    Engadget reported this over the weekend....you're about 4 days late on this.
    mike.celone@...
  • If it's a "living room machine" where is the remote?

    Seriously, shouldn't a machine that's targeted as a HTPC include an IR receiver and remote? The Mac Mini does, albeit a simple one, but you can also use iPhone apps/etc. to control it.

    If this Zino had IR and some basic form of remote control for a 10-foot UI, I'd get one and put it on my TV. But without, that means I have to hack something together or keep a full wireless keyboard and mouse sitting around the couch, which isn't very "home theater" IMO.
    micsaund