Feeds
75%
Dell Inspiron Zino HD

Dell Inspiron Zino HD

A PC to rival the Mac Mini, at last?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

The use of the discrete Radeon HD 4330 GPU also gives graphics and video performance a bit of a boost and the Zino HD was able to play a selection of Blu-ray films on our Samsung HD TV with nary a stutter.

Dell Inspiron Zino HD

As a Blu-ray player with only 2.1 audio, can it really become a sitting room success?

Gaming performance isn’t a strong point, but is still adequate for the occasional burst of gaming action. The 3DMark Vantage benchmark software actually returned a score of zero, along with the helpful advice that “this score may not reflect the true performance of your graphics hardware”.

However, the Zino HD did manage a playable 28-30fps when running Far Cry at 1280 x 800 resolution, so it’ll be adequate for a quick burst of gaming when you – or your kids – get home from the pub on a Friday night.

Performing as a compact media centre for the living room, the biggest disappointment is audio support. This is limited to just analogue stereo or digital 2.1 output, with no surround sound configuration available in the Zino HD range. That seems like a glaring omission for a PC that is so clearly intended for use with HD and Blu-ray films that have 5.1 and 7.1 soundtracks.

Dell Inspiron Zino HD

Colour options cost extra – you pays yer money and you takes yer choice

Verdict

The compact design of the Zino HD will certainly appeal to anyone that wants a neat and attractive media centre PC, or even just a snazzy desktop for day-to-day work. However, the 1.5GHz processor is a bit feeble, and if Apple can beat it with the similarly priced Mac Mini, then Dell certainly ought to be doing better on that score. Still, the Zino HD does offer a Blu-ray option that the Mac Mini lacks, and its video playback capabilities ensure that it will work well as all-round entertainment system. ®

More Desktop PC Reviews...


HP
Pavilion Elite
HPE-180

Packard Bell
oneTwo M

Apple
Mac Mini

Acer
Aspire Revo
R3600

Build a business case: developing custom apps

75%
Dell Inspiron Zino HD

Dell Inspiron Zino HD

Dell turns from Intel to AMD's processors for this HDMI-equipped mini media centre PC.
Price: £630 RRP

More from The Register

next story
The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
And yes it does need a fat HDD (or SSD, it's cool with either)
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai
It's not the size of your shiny-shiny...
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.