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Dell Studio Hybrid PC review

£569 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Dell

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The aesthetically pleasing Dell Studio Hybrid PC has a terrific compact design, but it sacrifices performance for miniaturisation.

The aesthetically pleasing Dell Studio Hybrid PC has a terrific compact design, but it sacrifices performance for miniaturisation.

Dell's new Studio Hybrid makes a strong impression with its stylish design, and its price will make you take notice, too. A basic configuration starts at £569, without monitor; our test configuration, with a 19-inch LCD monitor, will cost around £610.

Dell bills the Dell Studio Hybrid PC as being 80 percent smaller than a typical desktop. To achieve this feat of miniaturisation, the Hybrid uses notebook computer components.

Our test configuration featured a 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo T8100 CPU, 2GB of memory, a 250GB hard drive, and Intel Mobile 965 Express Chipset integrated graphics. Other options include built-in draft 802.11n Wi-Fi, a TV tuner, and a wireless keyboard and mouse. The Dell Studio Hybrid PC isn't expandable (or user serviceable), so there's no graphics option beyond the integrated Intel graphics.

The Dell Studio Hybrid PC can be set in a vertical or horizontal configuration; glowing blue Dell logos appear on the top and bottom (or left and right, if vertical) of the unit, and the name "Hybrid" automatically orients itself depending on whether you stand the computer vertically or horizontally. An included stand helps the Dell Studio Hybrid PC stay upright.

The ports (HDMI, DVI, gigabit ethernet, a Kensington lock, SP/DIF, and line-in and line-out; a four-pin FireWire 400 port and three USB 2.0 ports) are all neatly arranged in the back, which helps with cable management. Up front, you'll find a slot-loading 8x dual-layer DVD burner at left (if vertical), and a headphone jack, two more USB ports, and an 8-in-1 memory card reader at right.

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Intel Pentium Dual Core, Intel Core 2 Duo
Windows Vista Home Basic/Home Premium/Ultimate
up to 4GB4 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM
up to 320GB3 Serial ATA Hard Drive (5400rpm)
IEEE1394 and/or USB 2.0 ports
8X Slot Load CD/DVD Writer (DVD+/-RW)/6X Slot Load Blu-ray/CD/DVD Combo Drive
Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
Intel High Definition Audio 2.0
Optional Integrated Sound Blaster Audigy Advanced HD Software Edition
10/100/1000 (Gigabit) ethernet LAN on system board
built-in Draft-N wireless networking (optional)
5x USB 2.0 compliant ports
IEEE1394a port (4-pin)
HDMI video connector
DVI video connector
integrated network connector 10/100/1000 LAN (RJ45)
AC adaptor connector
Digital Audio: S/P DIF
Analog Audio: Headphone (front)
Line-in / Line-out (back)
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Dell Studio Hybrid PC's so-so performance limits its versatility, but the idea of having a stylish, unobtrusive system to connect to my television appeals to us. Suddenly, using a PC as a digital video recorder seems plausible (although we'd want a remote control, too).

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