Summary: The Dell Inspiron Zino HD is a very capable entertainment centric computer when some specific options are added. Without them it’s still a competent basic computer for those whose requirements are minimal. It’s very worthy of consideration when looking for an inexpensive computer but we urge careful consideration of upgrades to make sure that it meets your needs.
Pros: The AMD Athlon 2650e processor and 250GB hard drive are strong features available on this Economy PC.
Cons: The base configuration of the Dell Inspiron Zino HD is greatly under powered.
Excerpt: Let’s take you back to 2005 when Apple introduced the Mac mini, a full-fledged computer inside of a 6.5 inch square enclosure. It was very impressive at the time, but now there are many competitors on the market including the Dell Inspiron Zino HD, which we’re taking a look at today. More thoughts on the computer itself and what you might use it for after the break.
Pros: Compact enclosure perfect for the living room., Built-in 802.11n wireless networking., No bloatware installed.
Conclusion: Build quality is something which immediately impresses about the system and while the green scatter design of our review unit may not be to everyone’s tastes there should be one design in the product catalogue which appeals to every consumer. Even the basic piano black has a high quality finish which is very desirable.
Excerpt: For the last couple of years, Dell's foray into the small-form-factor desktop market was its successful mini-tower (with the emphasis on " mini ") Studio Hybrid . But with Dell's latest small-form-factor entry, the Inspiron Zino HD, out goes the vertical mini-tower and in comes the horizontal square--7.8-inches wide by 7.8-inches deep to be exact, and a mere 3.4-inches tall. Like the Studio Hybrid (which Dell still sells), the Inspiron Zino HD (a.k.a.
Pros: Small size, Stylish design, HDMI and VGA outputs, eSATA ports
Cons: Other less-expensive systems have better overall performance, Poor 3D gaming performance, HD video playback occasionally stutters when background tasks are active
Summary: When we first read about the Zino HD we have to admit that the general consensus around the office was that Dell may well have made a mistake with their choice of components. It seemed like the system was built around technology which was well past its sell-by date and that the system may be a way of clearing some old stock.
Conclusion: I love how the “mini desktop” is starting to take off, and even more glad that Dell as jumped in (because they will soon show up in the outlet, and you can usually get in on great outlet coupon deals!). The Dell Zino HD 400 is a good fit if you are looking to use it to watch HDTV and Bluray, record HDTV, playback general media files, etc while keeping it in a small, sleek package to compliment the style of your home entertainment center.