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# 48134 13-Nov-2009 09:04
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Dell has introduced a small form factor desktop computer today, the Dell Inspiron Zino HD starting at US$229 in the U.S.

I was thinking of replacing my Apple Mac Mini Media Center (running Windows 7 Media Center via Bootcamp) with a new model mainly because of TV3 HD pushing the envelope on the old model... It seems we now have a small form factor PC to stop paying the "Apple tax".





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  # 272633 13-Nov-2009 09:25
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Damn, just spent about $1300 on a HTPC too. Wonder how much these will retail for in NZ.

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  # 272635 13-Nov-2009 09:31
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Yeah I just saw this on wednesday at Gizmodo, then today at Engadget :( wtf!!! I just spent $750 on my HTPC

Although it has slightly higher specs ;)




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  # 272654 13-Nov-2009 09:55
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Looks awesome. Although only 2.1 audio - should have 5.1 for DVDs obviously.

Edit: removed comment about bluray drive

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  # 272663 13-Nov-2009 10:13
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Apparently the other Video card HD4330 has 7.1 over HDMI, but both have no digital optical.

This can always be overcome with a USB 5.1/7.1 sound card with optical digital out though?




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  # 272665 13-Nov-2009 10:17
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Yeah i think for $75US you can add in the 4330 which theoretically supports 5.1/7.1 over HDMI

Not sure about digital optical/coax outputs though :( it looks like it has none. That could be overcome with a USB soundcard I guess, but that adds to the cost




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  # 272684 13-Nov-2009 10:56
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What about some of the ION Atom based systems - like the Acer Revo (advertised at JB HiFi).

And there are a few others starting to come out now that a bluRay decoding capable.





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  # 272736 13-Nov-2009 13:52
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The Revo is alright, but still quite expensive, especially here :( $998 at JB, $820 at Ascent but no stock left. Plus they are selling round the $399-450USD mark when this is $229 starting :S hopefully we don't get taxed too badly when it arrives here




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  # 272749 13-Nov-2009 14:25
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vinnieg: The Revo is alright, but still quite expensive, especially here :( $998 at JB, $820 at Ascent but no stock left. Plus they are selling round the $399-450USD mark when this is $229 starting :S hopefully we don't get taxed too badly when it arrives here


Still that's less that a Mac Mini isn't it and higher spec'd video hardware...




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  # 272769 13-Nov-2009 15:18
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davidcole:
vinnieg: The Revo is alright, but still quite expensive, especially here :( $998 at JB, $820 at Ascent but no stock left. Plus they are selling round the $399-450USD mark when this is $229 starting :S hopefully we don't get taxed too badly when it arrives here


Still that's less that a Mac Mini isn't it and higher spec'd video hardware...




definitely :) I'd definitely take it, so i didn't have to pay the Apple Tax




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  # 272799 13-Nov-2009 16:15
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The Acer AspireRevo is actually only $US200 in the states.  Was going to go into a Best Buy and buy one while I was there, but never quite got around to it.

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michaelt: The Acer AspireRevo is actually only $US200 in the states.  Was going to go into a Best Buy and buy one while I was there, but never quite got around to it.



Yeah that's for the lowest specced one, the JBhifi one is the 4gb high spec, not sure if NZ will get anymore in for a bit, maybe they'll take off soon


Be good to have a bit more competition in the market for small Atom and AMD EE+ based PCs




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  # 272970 14-Nov-2009 10:54
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I was going to order a Zino HD until I realised the shipping charge (within the US) was going to be (US)$35+!

Rediculous.

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  # 273191 15-Nov-2009 12:46
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http://blogs.amd.com/home/2009/11/12/the-dell-inspiron-zinohd/

has a pretty good mini review of the unit.

In the comments section it has been confirmed that the zino hd does 5.1 channel audio via HDMI to a receiver.

looks good !

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  # 273201 15-Nov-2009 13:09
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freitasm: Dell has introduced a small form factor desktop computer today, the Dell Inspiron Zino HD starting at US$229 in the U.S.

I was thinking of replacing my Apple Mac Mini Media Center (running Windows 7 Media Center via Bootcamp) with a new model mainly because of TV3 HD pushing the envelope on the old model... It seems we now have a small form factor PC to stop paying the "Apple tax".




I'm not sure what plans you had with the Mac Mini, but if nothing but storage, Could I pleasssssseeeee have it?



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