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Dell Inspiron Zino HD

Dell Inspiron Zino HD
alaScore 89

305 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 305 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the reliability and size are generally positive. The design and usability also get good comments.

value for money, usability, design, size, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Dell Inspiron Zino HD is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 305 reviews)

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Ubuntu Linux 10.04 on the Zino HD


I bought this computer after Dell's sales person confirmed that it would support Ubuntu Linux 10.04. It turned out that this was correct but it also turned out that the only version of Ubuntu Linux 10.04 that provided the necessary driver support for the Zino HD hardware was one that Dell itself used to provide on a pre-installed basis. A dozen or more emails back and forth with Dell's developmentally challenged South Asian support consultants got me no closer to an answer to my original question: "How do I get a copy of the version of Ubuntu 10.04 which Dell used to offer on a pre-installed basis which is compatible with this computer?" For what it is worth, the publicly available standard version of Ubuntu Linux 11.04 (this is still not a long term release as of the date of this review) appears to install and run flawlessly on the Zino HD.

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Do not buy to connect to Philips TV


Unfortunately for me I bought a Dell Zino 410 from Dell in part because it comes with a built in IR and a remote control (RC260), which as it turns out is manufactured by Philips. I connected this PC to my Philips LED/LCD and while both the TV and PC separately work fine, when you try to use the remote control for the Zino it also sends a 0 or 1 to the TV which changes the channel. Not good. I probably don't need to get into my experience in dealing with Dell technical support, as at this point there probably isn't anyone who is unaware of their deservedly and legendary bad customer service. What you might not be aware of is that Philips will simply tell you that this isn't their problem and you should just go away. So, do not buy this computer if you want to use the remote and if you are going to hook it up to a Philips product or use it in the same room as a Philips product. I write this review simply to warn others, as I wish I had this warning prior to my purchase. In the future I will be avoiding both of these companies at all costs.


Too slow

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Dell Zino HD 410 HTPC Review


Dell is one of the leading vendors in the PC market to have a play in the SFF HTPC (small form factor home theater PC) space. In 2009, they introduced the first Zino HD HTPC, the Zino 400. It used the AMD's Athlon 64 2650e/2850e / Athlon 64 X2...


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Dell Inspiron Zino HD 410


Dell's squarish Inspiron Zino HD 410 compact desktop PC is back, with a few impressive tweaks to make it even stronger than it was before. But the internals of this tiny, black PC aren't the only things that Dell amped up: The price of our configured...

Built-in Blu-ray ; Integrated Wireless-N support ; Customizable case top

Pricey for what it offers

For its size, you won’t find a more well-rounded system than Dell’s Compact PC. It's speedy,connected, and ready for next-generation movie discs.

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Dell Inspiron Zino HD


The ideal home-theater PC is capable of dishing out high-definition media, while remaining unobtrusive--qualities the Dell Inspiron Zino HD excels at. The miniscule 8-by-8-inch shell will fit about anywhere you can think of, is whisper-quiet, and can...

Slick design ; Good performance for its size

Priced similar to more-equipped value tower PCs ; No upgradability

The Inspiron Zino HD provides impressive connectivity and performance in a colorful and compact enclosure.

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Dell Inspiron Zino HD (Inspiron 400)


The Zino HD earns a half-point for the software it includes (a 15-month update subscription to McAffee Internet Security) and well as for what it omits (all bloatware). I applaud Dell for eliminating bloatware on its configure-to-order and retail...

Compact form factor. Quiet. Customizable top cover. Two eSATA ports. 15-month McAfee subscription. Optical drive. No bloatware

Poor 3D performance. 64-bit OS, but only 3GB. Blu-ray is an option. Wired keyboard and mouse

The Dell Inspiron Zino HD's compact design is derivative of the Apple Mac mini, but it has all the connectors it needs to sit under that big HDTV you bought last holiday season.

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Dell Inspiron Zino HD Desktop Review


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 then, but now there are many competitors on the market including the Dell Inspiron Zino HD, which...

Compact enclosure perfect for the living room ; Built-in 802.11n wireless networking ; No bloatware installed

No optical audio output

The Dell Inspiron Zino HD starts at $249 through Dell's website.


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Dell Inspiron Zino HD Desktop Review


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...

We didn't subject the Inspiron Zino HD to our full arsenal of benchmarks, but we did pick a few choice tests to get an idea of how well it performs: We ran PCMark Vantage to get a sense of its overall application performance potential, we ran 3DMark06...


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Dell Inspiron Zino HD Mini-Desktop


Today we are taking a look at Dells latest offering in the mini desktop market. The Zino HD has some impressive specifications on paper with promise of great media features and high performance in other tasks.

The base level Zino HD should provide most consumers with an impressive mini-PC/HTPC which is highly configurable. Pricing for the lower specification components is good however the top range system does not offer the best price to performance ratio....


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Dell Inspiron Zino HD


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...

The AMD Athlon 2650e processor and 250GB hard drive are strong features available on this Economy PC

The base configuration of the Dell Inspiron Zino HD is greatly under powered

With a few upgrades and additional options, this computer becomes a dynamic computing device.

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Dell Inspiron Zino HD


it is awesome and love this little wonder, dell has got a big winner in my book

speed , and the fast data transfers it do's between other pc's

i can't find any

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Dell Inspiron Zino HD (AMD Athlon X2)


the kicker is the 5 hours of wasted time on the phone with dell's india based techs who treat me like a 5 year old and once we did all the primary school stuff (reboot, reload drivers etc.) were basically just guessing. I wish I would have made a...

small size. quiet. cool top

wifi receiver is really poor. does not receive wifi within 15' of access point. have 4 other pcs in the house a lot farther away, different floors etc. this one cannot receive where my others will. forcing me to reconfigure my home network

Product Specifications


DVD Writer:Blu-ray Combo / DVD-Writer
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: No


Bluetooth: No
Card Reader:4 in 1 Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output:No / Yes
Wireless LAN:No / Yes


Aspect Ratio:Not Applicable
True Resolution:Not Applicable

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Windows 7 Home Premium
Product Type:Micro
Type:Micro PC


Brand of Graphic Chip:ATI
GPU Model (Graphic Card):HD3200 / Radeon HD 4250 / Radeon HD 5450
GPU TYPE:Dedicated GPU
OnBoard Graphic Chip:Dedicated GPU / OnBoard Graphic


Chipset Brand:AMD / Unknown
Chipset Type:RS780 / RS880M / Unknown
Hyper Threading: No
Processor:Athlon 64 / Athlon 64 X2 / ATHLON II / Turion II / V-SERIES
Processor Brand:AMD
Processor Number:2850E / 6850E / P340 / P560 / V160