Dell Zino HD: $US250 Mini Home-Theatre PC

Dell Zino HD: $US250 Mini Home-Theatre PC

After giving us an early look, Dell has revealed the full specs of their colour-happy Mac Mini-esque Zino HD. And for $US230, you aren’t just getting an Atom nettop.

Instead, Dell has turned to AMD chips starting with a base Athlon processor (which can be bumped to an AMD Athlon X2, and AMD Athlon Neo X2). A single hard-drive squeezes inside (up to 1TB) along with as much as 8GB of RAM. And you can choose between integrated graphics and an ATI Radeon HD 4330 512MB card.

That should be enough power to drive 1080p out of the HDMI port (through an optional Blu-ray drive and TV Tuner if you'd like). You also score four USB ports (two front, two back) along with two eSATA ports for easy drive-expansion.

The Zino HD goes on sale today. But I haven't spotted it on their site just yet. I'm interested to see what you really get in that base $US250ish rig. and how much a few of these key upgrades will cost. If Dell keeps the price down, the Zino HD could be a no-brainer when compared to the Atom and Ion-based systems floating around. [Dell]

UPDATE: Dell's press materials they sent out said the Zino HD would start at $US250. As of right now, the cheapest configuration online is $US360. We've contacted Dell for clarification.

UPDATE 2: This is fun, isn't it? Swap out Windows 7 Professional with Home and the price drops to $US260. I have no clue why a sub-$US300 computer defaults with a $US100 OS upgrade.

UPDATE 3: OK, it looks like the website pricing updates are done. My base configuration is down to $US230 with a 1.6GHz Athlon, 2GB RAM, DVD drive and 250GB (7200rpm) hard drive. Bumping the specs up to a dual-core Athlon puts the price to $US289.