Dell Inspiron Zino HD Home Theater PC Review

Posted: July 14, 2011
Dell Inspiron Zino HD Home Theater PC Review

The Dell Inspiron Zino can turn your living room into a multiplex home theater with its AMD QuadCore processor, ATI Radeon graphics and 1 TB HD to stream media or record TV--all in a tiny 8x8 box. Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey take a look at the $300 gadget.

What You Need To Know

  • The Dell Inspiron Zino is just the right size for a home theater PC so you can drop it right next to your TV and it won't get in the way.
  • The device also offers plenty of connection options: VGA, HDMI out, four USBs, wired or Wi-fi Internet connection and even a Blu-ray drive.
  • Dell also includes a wireless keyboard but it comes with a weird trackball.
  • The keyboard trackball is not very accurate, but the mouse clicks on the left work well.
  • The keyboard itself is solid but not backlit.
  • We wish it came with a directional pad like the Logitech Revue.
  • You can also connect any other mouse and keyboard to the Zino.
  • The Dell Inspiron Zino's speed is just as fast as a netbook: it took 55 seconds or so to turn it on and start web browsing.
  • You'll probably be keeping the Zino on most of the time.
  • You have to switch inputs on the TV any time you want to use it.
  • The Zino streams Internet video really well.
  • Whether it was streaming off of Flash sites or other pay sites like Netflix, the video looked great with little to no stuttering, even in HD.
  • Since the Zino is an actual computer, you don't have to worry about blocked content.
  • Our productivity tests scored above average but don't expect a lot of heavy video editing.
  • Gaming tests were a little below average but surprisingly, the Zino played Team Fortress 2 pretty well.


  • $300 for the base model (which we don't recommend)
  • $500


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  • vulgora

    its inspIron

    Posted: July 18, 2011 11:11 AM