Leaked Dell Inspiron Zino HD 410 Specs Dull Some of the New Mac Mini’s Luster

If you’ve been thinking of picking up a unibody Mac mini to use as an HTPC, you may want to hold off. Leaked specs of the upcoming Dell Inspiron Zino HD 410 have surfaced that shows it’s quite the capable device. Highlights: Quad-core AMD processor (dual-core Intel processor on the Mac mini), up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, Blu-ray option (not offered on the Mac mini), Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n,  integrated ATI Radeon 4250 or 5450 (w/ 1GB of RAM) graphics (Mac mini uses NVIDIA’s GeForce 320M w/ 256MB of RAM),  7.1 channel audio via S/PDIF (not available on the mini), multi-card slot (Mac mini only supports SD card), eSATA port (not available on the mini), IR sensor, HDMI. Price: TBD. What do you think: Hot or Not? It’s not 1.4-inches thick, but it definitely packs a punch for a small form factor PC.

UPDATE 9/23/10: Dell’s Inspiron Zino HD 410 Officially Launches

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6 Reactions to “Leaked Dell Inspiron Zino HD 410 Specs Dull Some of the New Mac Mini’s Luster”

  1. DrMark says:

    The other thing to pay attention to is the energy usage. I am stunned by the low energy usage of my 2010 Mac mini. At idle it uses 8-10 watts and seldom goes over 20 watts when watching movies. The difference in energy usage could save you decent money, depending upon the cost of electricity in your area and your usage. The new Mini works extremely well as a Boxee box and it also can do regular PC duties, when needed. (That plus it runs OS X, which is a plus for me). Although, I would like having integrated BluRay :(

  2. hdboy says:

    PC hardware comes and PC hardware goes. Your choices always will come down to the software and the interface.

    Do you want to run an advanced, modern OS on your home theater computer that is simple to set up and operate? Or are you going to continue to rely on the aging and inherently insecure Windows 7 (which really is Windows Vista 6.5 renamed for marketing purposes. Really, check out the underlying code). One is at best, a copy of Apple's Mac OS X, but five years behind in next-generation touchscreen interface design and mobile technology. Microsoft is scrambling to graft a touchscreen interface over top of the aging, Windows core. At best, it is likely to be a kludge OS and a clumsy touchscreen and remote product for years to come, and a plump target for hackers the world over.

    The other computer runs a modern operating system from Apple, Inc., THE company that is defining the standard for the future of desktop and notebook computing, mobile phones, portable palm-sized computers and tablets with a new, mobile operating system designed from the ground up for touchscreen devices, remote controls and elegant new entertainment products in music, video, gaming and thousands of Apps. So, you can suffer through the next five years as Microsoft and Google figure out how to copy Apple, or opt for an All-American original.

    Good luck with that.

    • uncola says:

      the mac mini is a much better htpc, it uses quiet, cool running laptop parts while the zino uses desktop components and is much larger and louder. But if you want your htpc to do more than play movies, maybe run a few servers in the background or encode movies, the quad core option is attractive. also if you just want a very small desktop computer that has decent cpu power, the zino seems like a good option.

    • Kevin says:

      You're joking right? Now that Mac is using PC components it's an oranges to oranges comparison. If you want to be using 1 to 2 year old hardware, and pay 3 times as much as you would for a pc, have at it. If you purchase ANY mac, you're paying $1,000.00-$1,600.00 for a POS OS LOL :P

      • hdboy says:

        Like so many myopic PC buyers, it's clear that you don't know what you don't know.

        To discriminating consumers, the computer industry is not just about cheap PC components. First and foremost, it's about putting the customer first by consistently delivering reliable, “best in class” products that just work, right out of the box and actually are pleasing to use. It's about quality design, inside and outside the case and the consideration of the complete “user experience.” It's procuring reliable internal components or designing custom components when it seems like the better thing to do. It's about combining custom enclosures, displays, software and accessories, and then packaging and selling them in ways that seem logical and attractive to consumers who desire more polished products.

        It's about exceptional in-store customer service, a first-class Web site that customers actually can use to answer their own questions, take a class or make a purchase — even on a cell phone. It's about attractive stores in accessible places like malls and inner cities. And it's about knowledgable telephone support technicians speaking comprehensible native languages and actually solving problems, a low, total cost of ownership and products that have a high resale value when you are ready to upgrade.

        It's also about innovation.

        Besides the personal computer itself, Apple either developed or pioneered the initial use of hundreds of computing products and tools for the mass market. Apple pioneered or popularized many, many computing features that all PC buyers take for granted today, such as graphics-oriented computing, the windows-based interface, the mouse, the laser printer and WYSIWYG PostScript printing. It soon added calibration software for color monitors, a development that wasn't available from Microsoft until many years later. Apple brought the first PDA (Newton) to market, the all-in one computer, small form-factor computers, CD's as replacements for floppy disks, USB, the high-speed FireWire interface for professional computers and peripherals, the brilliantly simple click-wheel interface that ensured the run-away success of the iPod — and iTunes, complete with downloadable 99-cent songs and album art. Of course, more recently, the world was introduced to “App Stores” with inexpensive software and touchscreen cellphones, music players and tablet computers.

        It's about the smallest details too. Early on, Apple delivered professional-quality fonts based on the same measuring system used in the printing industry — the pica — a brilliant idea that helped the print media industry shift to “desktop” publishing. In recent years, Apple refined its' manufacturing system to produce strong but lightweight case enclosures and durable but impossibly thin cables that roll-up easily for travel, magnetic cable connectors for safety and a pocket-sized router you can take on the road, connect to your home stereo for wireless audio playback and easily configure. Keyboards respond with a solid and reassuring click when typing and in general, Apple trackpads and mice respond with greater accuracy.

        So, you see, the computer industry is NOT just about using cheap components. Some consumers have different standards. Satisfying products are NOT just about plastic cases distastefully emblazoned with stickers, components manufactured with loose quality control, low-resolution mice and trackpads that feel cheap in your hand and are inaccurate pointing devices, the cheapest fuzzy displays or the noisiest hard disk drives filled with crapware, or an insecure OS that allows viruses and malware to infect millions of devices over and over and over again.

        Today, every electronics vendor on the planet seems to be desperately and vainly trying to copy everything Apple — iPods, iPhones, iMacs, OS X and iOS, App Stores and accessories businesses. They do this for a reason. Apple innovates, produces superior products and delivers a user experience that is unmatched. Oh, some may occasionally replicate a piece of this puzzle, but none have put it all together with great (and I do mean great) software.

        So, I will continue to “have at it” with Apple products, as I have with great satisfaction for 22 years. I may (but not always) pay a slightly higher premium for the professional products I purchase. Meanwhile, others will continue to purchase inexpensive knock-offs that make them equally happy. In the process, many consumers never really realize what they may be missing. To each his own.

  3. Just a heads up… The Dell Inspiron Zino HD 410 officially launched on September 23, 2010. The full specs and details are here. I'll add a link to the original blog post.