Check out Dell’s Zino HD HTPC

Posted Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 09:00 AM PDT by Mike Attebery

Leaked shots offer glimpses of system inputs, outputs, and more

There’s not a lot known about Dell’s new Zino Home Theater PC, but we can surmise a lot from the pictures leaked earlier this week. Dubbed the Mac Mini killer my some, the Zino HD has clearly gotten a few things right.

The machine is small and sleek and shiny, and that’s important for a piece of hardware that’s going to be sitting in your living room. Taking a closer look at the front of the Zino, we see a pair of USB ports, an audio jack and a card reader. There’s nothing new here, but the essentials are present.

The back is a bit more interesting though, with with USB and eSATA slots meaning plenty of room for expansion. As expected, there is an HDMI output and Ethernet port. Sound hookups seem fairly lacking, but perhaps Dell knows something we don’t.

The specs are still a mystery, including what kind of optical drive the Zino HD uses. It is fairly safe to assume that if Dell’s goal is to compete with the mini by ducking under the price, a standard DVD drive is stock. Whether there are any plans for Blu-ray on the Zino, we have yet to find out.

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