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It is aimed at individuals with limited space or those looking for a stylish alternative to a full tower PC.

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Pros

stylish, customizable appearance

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large number of digital outputs

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competitively priced and outfitted compared to aging competition

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Cons

not easily upgradeable once purchased

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poor price:performance ratio, an Atom can do most of what is required of such a small PC

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Uses the slow and aging Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100

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small, slow laptop drives are a bottleneck

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Introduced in late July 2008, the Studio Hybrid PC is a miniature PC from Dell aimed at individuals with limited space or those looking for a stylish alternative to a full tower PC. While being slightly larger than new Atom-based desktop PCs, the Studio Hybrid PC contains much more powerful components and connectivity options similar to that of a full system including dual core Pentiums or Core 2 Duos, up to 4GB of RAM, a large 320GB SATA hard disk, a slot loaded DVD writer or Blu-ray drive, 5 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and DVI video connections and a digital S/PDIF audio connection. With a body that could be configured to stand horizontally or vertically, the Studio Hybrid also features the ability to replace the outer shell, with many different colours to choose from. As cheap as $499 for the basic stand-alone system, full systems including monitor start at $699 and continue upwards to $1099 for a Blu-ray model.

Features
  • CPU & RAM:  Pentium dual core to Core 2 Duo, 1 - 4GB DDR2 667MHz
  • Display: none to included customizable monitor from Dell, DVI and HDMI output
  • Storage: 160 to 320GB HDD, 5400RPM, 2.5" SATA II
  • Optical: Slot loaded DVD writer to Blu-ray drive
  • Network connections: Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Expansion: 5 x USB2, S/PDIF (optical toslink), 1 x 3.5mm stereo speakers, 1 x 3.5mm microphone, 1 x  mini Firewire
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