Dell Zino vs. New Mini 2010

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by goombamd, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. goombamd macrumors member

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    Any rumors on a Dell Zino HD refresh?

    I feel like Mac Minis are behind the times in some ways, but ahead of the Zino HD in others.

    I wish the Zino HD's had faster RAM and processors, and then I'd definitely get one for the blu-ray option.

    I'd totally buy a mini with Blu-Ray but I'd be surprised to see Apple ever support Blu-Ray.

    I know the future is streaming video, but in the meantime, I'd like to have a blu-ray drive on my HTPC.

    My ideal setup:
    -Mac mini-level 2010 hardware with HDMI + blu-ray
     
  2. archipellago macrumors 65816

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    Apple will always be behind, its a price thing.

    BRD also won't be happening ...ever.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Are you Steve? Mini was without an update for almost 2 years, most people were sure Mini is discontinued, but it wasn't. Some day we will get Blu-Ray and you can always grab a Blu-Ray player and use it for Blu-Rays and Mini for everything else
     
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    Actually, on second thoughts I hate the one above. It looks plasticcy and icky.

    Specs aren't bad tho.
     
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    the dell zino just does what its supposed to do and what it was made for playing hd videos , for that purpose you just do not need more processing power , i still have mine but its sitting there like a duck as i just love my little Mac mini G4 despite the fact that the zino would still run circles around the little g4 mini , for me pure speed is just not everything , if i would need a high performance computer i would not even considering a intel mini in the first place or any other htpc for that matter
     
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  10. Jigsawjammer macrumors regular

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    The high end Zino is comparable with the mini and has a better HDD and more ram (but slower ram). If you are spending $600 for a Zino I would just go mini. I looked at the Zino and was sure it was what I needed but in the end- the small price increase for the mini seemed reasonable. I'm a sucker for design as well. Although a spec increase could completely change that. Depends I guess in the end on how much you value Mac OS X?
     
  11. Kaiser Phoenix macrumors 6502

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    I also debated for a while with the Zino vs Mini. I have a pretty hefty collection of Blu-rays and love to see things in HD. However I still got the Mini. RAM, HDD, these things can be upgraded anyway, which is what I did, put an SSD in upgraded to 4GB ram. It is very very fast. In fact I use a macbook pro 2.93ghz but this mini is super fast with the SSD.

    Design wise the Zino looks well...plain. Its plastic and the design is nothing to shout out about. The mini with the all aluminium enclosure is a sure winner in IMHO.

    As for the Blu-ray situation, I have to do with a PS3 for now or encode them to MKV.
     
  12. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Did you notice the fan port in the illustration? When I see something like that, the first thing I think is "noisy".
     
  13. mrfoof82 macrumors 6502a

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    The Mid-2010 Mini has both mini-DisplayPort and HDMI.

    Blu-Ray isn't coming. If it was, it would've came at the launch of the Intel era.
     
  14. mangrove macrumors 6502

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    Hey, your missing the big difference.

    The Mini can run OSX and WindowsXX.

    The Dell can run Windows only. Plus it's a Dell not an Apple.
     
  15. Kaiser Phoenix macrumors 6502

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    Yeah thats what initially crossed my mind when I saw the exauhst at the back. Noise is a big issue for me and Im sure for many people thinking of using this as an HTPC or small bedroom media pc. The mac mini, with the SSD is virtually noiseless unless there is a CD inside.
     
  16. archipellago macrumors 65816

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    you mean its better value for money?

    better built?

    has a better OS or what??
     
  17. voyager03 macrumors member

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    I when moved from my (very) aged PC I'd been considering a Transtec SENYO before I bought my mini - but it was a lot more expensive and still not a Mac.

    Interesting that people think that PC's are cheaper - but not so much once you start comparing like-for-like.
     
  18. nikehair macrumors member

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    I don't think we'll see Blue-way on Macs anytime soon. More likely that everything will be streamed.
     
  19. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    New Althon II and Phenom II X3/4 versions with the 5450 are coming out later this year. Not that the 5450 is much of an improvement.

    The older models are on display at Sam's Club if you want to hear them.
     
  20. mangrove macrumors 6502

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    It's pretty common knowledge that MAC OS is more stable than Windows.
    Plus 2 OS on any MAC.
     
  21. Baby Mac macrumors regular

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    AOpen

    In the past, I bought an AOpen mini pc, which is no bigger than the pre-2010 Mac mini in size. The AOpen had a hard metal case just wider than the slot-loading optical drive. However the little unit has gone through several fans, getting noisier, and the latest can no longer seem to keep the PC cool enough. It's been shutting off on its own. :mad:
     
  22. archipellago macrumors 65816

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    lol.. common knowledge where...??

    what rubbish...

    It might be in the kool aid but the real world knows the truth.
     
  23. knux11 macrumors regular

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    depends on what you're using it for.

    I have a mac mini and love it, but I still wish i would have got a Dell Zino back in december when it was like $130 after the gift card. Still kicking myself for that.

    Of course i still would have kept my Mini. :D
     

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