I would love a Mini to sit under my new Panasonic TV, but as it doesn't have, and I guess probably never will have BluRay, I'm looking around.
I understand some people will start pointing all sorts trends and stuff about BluRay sales and why download is the way forward, but I don't download things I want to keep, I buy little discs of plastic.
I have just discovered the Delll Zino HD, which at £529 has an AMD dual core chip, 512Mb ATi Radeon gfx,1TB HDD and has HDMi output and can play BluRay discs.
£279 without the BluRay, and lower specs fwiw
It's the third from the left on this link.
I don't need BR today, but I also want a single box sat next to my TV, I'm trying to future proof a little.
Be very interested to hear what other 'one box' solutions are out there.
I am not a "mac" fan by any means, however I do like the simplicity and sleekness of their products. I do have an iPhone 3GS and that's where it ends for me. A lot of Apple's products lack functionality in one respect or the other when compared to similar products in the same arena. I am not bashing at all. I am just pointing out the obvious.
The Dell Zino HD is what the Mac Mini SHOULD have been by now. Yet, it's not. I have a Dell Zino HD that I purchased in February this year. The best purchase I have ever made. There is so much packed into such a small box it's crazy. It is the BEST HTPC choice out there. It has it all.
Mine is currently connected to my 50" Panasonic 1080p plasma. I LOVE IT! I am still hunting for that perfect wireless keyboard/mouse combo. For now I have a wireless mouse and wired keyboard. Mine took forever to ship. There seems to be a delay. Mine also did not have the option for blu-ray as at the time - they ran out/supply was very limited world wide for that drive. I did order the part a couple of days ago and will be installing my blu-ray drive this upcoming week. Very excited about that.
With the blu-ray drive, wifi, hdmi, discrete graphics, nice processor and ample storage, what else could you want? This thing has it all.
Initially I wanted an Apple TV or Mac Mini. However they lacked some really basic features I wanted (blu-ray) was one of them. I buy my movies. I have a collection of over 220 blu-ray movies I bought. I also download some things from time to time but physical media is what I want.
Shop around - weigh the pros and cons and see where you stand. The Dell Zino HD (inspiron 400) is the best so don't hesitate if that's what you want.
The best way I know how to keep your MBP in "sync" with the Zino is by the use of "Home Sharing" in iTunes. I think that would work for you in this case? Might want to check that out.Was thinking the same thing!
I've just got an Apple TV (my fifth actually. I tend to get sick of them eventually and sell them). I always fall back on the Apple TV, having tried many alternatives but in the end, the Apple TV's simplicity always draws me back.
Well, after a couple of weeks, I'm already sick of it. Being my fifth one, I should have been well aware of it's flaws, and I thought I was. But my latest gripe is that I can't export my home movies (edited with iMovie 09) to 1080p or even the advertised720p (can't really blame Apple, as it is listed on their site) but alas 940x546 (or whatever the stupid 'HD' resolution is) is my only option, using 30fps.
That aside, the one 'feature' that other devices can't offer is the 'sync' function. It's so easy to press 'sync' and my new stuff in on my Apple TV. I had a PS3 before and getting my media from my MBP to the PS3 was a nightmare.
Anyways...have recently looked at the Zino and it's a very attractive package. My other reservation (aside from using W7 ) is how to keep my MBP iTunes in sync with the Zino iTunes library. Can this be easily achieved? By easily, I mean cleanly and without too much messing around, like the Apple TV.
There was big demand for this little guy for a long time. Dell had specials during Christmas which drove it. It continued for a while. My order was delayed twice. I was ok with that because it's a great price and had the features I wanted. The wait may not be an issue now.Thanks for the response, how long was 'forever' and did you need to go back to Dell for the BluRay drive are does an 'off the shelf' fit ?
I have the exact same setup they do. The 3250e, 4330 512mb discreet graphics card, 3 meg of ram and blu-ray drive. My blu-ray drive was added after the machine was ordered and shipped to me. I ordered the drive from Dell spare parts. It installed without issue.Okay, long time lurker, first time poster, but I've been sitting on this same fence since last fall.
I've agonized about a Mac Mini, but having a PS3 attached to the network, I hear it's a huge pain to try to stream to that from the Mac. So I've been waiting on the Zino. Didn't want to buy one right away, as Dell's build quality lately has been awful (and our company buys nothing but Dells, so we've seen it firsthand).
The Blu Ray machines have been delayed forever, and the reviews are finally starting to come online. And they aren't very positive for the Zino with the Blu Ray player. Many complaints about being underpowered and frame stuttering. If you buy a Zino, many reviews insist that you upgrade the graphics!
Here's a review from HDTV Magazine. They even have a podcast about it:
I guess that noone has the clear winner yet. For the reliability, the remote, and the stability, I'm all over the Mac mini, but wish it played nice with the PS3!
Glad to hear that you have had good luck with it. I have been scouring for reviews and they are few and far between (at least with Blu Ray). The reviews for the machines without Blu Ray seem to be love it or hate it. I was shocked at how bi-polar they were (over at Dell's site).I have the exact same setup they do. The 3250e, 4330 512mb discreet graphics card, 3 meg of ram and blu-ray drive. My blu-ray drive was added after the machine was ordered and shipped to me. I ordered the drive from Dell spare parts. It installed without issue.
Since then, I have watched 6 blu-rays on my Zino. All played without issue. No flickering, stuttering or anything. One was IMAX Under The Sea, Home, Toy Story and a few other Pixar movies. No issues to date. I also have had no issues updating Power DVD either.
I really don't think that review is accurate. They have the issue with the image not filling their entire screen and can't figure out how to fix it. A little research on their part have given them the answer in just a few minutes.
Anyways - whatever you choose, good luck!
The beauty of using the Dell Zino is - there are quite a few options. Boxee is one of them among many others. If it's going to be hooked up to your tv, again, options are unlimited.So I'm using Plastation Media Server installed on Fedora 12 leveraging a few 1.5 TB hdds in a raid for my current media solution.
This works great until you want to fast forward or rewind. At all.
I'm hoping either a mac mini or a dell zino will actually help me in this situation -- With the mac mini I was planning on using either XBMC or Plex to take care of this, but what would the Dell Zino use?
I'm fairly into open solutions, so I'd prefer against using WMP in favor of VLC or Mplayer/etc.
I had placed an order with the Microsoft Store for the $559 machine, but then chickened out and cancelled it. I really don't need the blu ray player, so I'll watch for a deal without it and try to save a little more.The beauty of using the Dell Zino is - there are quite a few options. Boxee is one of them among many others. If it's going to be hooked up to your tv, again, options are unlimited.
That was a good price.I had placed an order with the Microsoft Store for the $559 machine, but then chickened out and cancelled it. I really don't need the blu ray player, so I'll watch for a deal without it and try to save a little more.
What are you using for a remote with your Zino?