Dell just released the new Studio Hybrid– a "first step" in a series of eco-friendly PCs. Noting that most tower PCs use about 300 watts of power (which I can attest to with my quad-core behemoth), the Studio Hybrid sips less than 65w and is 80% smaller than a
Mac Mini desktop. Add Blu-Ray, HDMI out, an 8-in-1 card reader and tuner option (including Digital Cable) and this looks like a winner. Even in the processor department, a 1.73 Dual-core, 1GB of RAM, and 160GB HDD w/ Vista will set you back only $499, beating back Apple on performance, size, price and a run at style.
I hope Dell succeeds with this design and I’m now drooling over it as a possible HTPC or Windows Home Server. This may also make a great replacement for my father’s ailing WinXP system. I worry about fan/drive noise though- any in the wild reports/feedback are appreciated.
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