Dell Inspiron 400HD
I got my Zino to be an audio playback node, and thus my goal was to
minimize the power in the box, not maximize it.
Here is the configuration that I got: only $10 above the minimum possible.
- CPU: AMD Athlon 2650e, single core 1.6GHz, 32K L1 cache, 512K L2 cache.
Dual core and faster clock are available.
- Memory: 2Gb (2x1Gb) dual channel DDR2 SDRAM, 800MHz. It has 2 slots,
and can accomodate 2Gb DIMMs.
- Hard disc: 250Gb 7200RPM SATA by Western Digital. Waaaaay overkill for
this application. Bigger discs and external drives are available.
- Optical disc: 8x DVD+/-RW (and CD RW of course).
- Video: Integrated ATI Radeon HD3200.
- Sound: Integrated 2.1 HD
Azalia audio. A separate SP/DIF
channel transmits on the HDMI port (not optical).
- Keyboard: Standard Dell USB keyboard is included.
- Mouse: Dell USB optical mouse.
- Extras: Blue top cover, add $10. Designer covers cost more.
- Operating system: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic. Other Windows
variants at extra cost; Ubuntu is not on the order form but they
give you a setup guide for Ubuntu. I'm actually using openSuSE 11.2
- Warranty: 1 year at home after remote diagnosis. (Up to 3 years
- Declined extra cost options: internal wireless card; wireless router;
printer; external disc for backup; modem; surge suppressor;
Microsoft Office; other crapware;
McAfee antivirus subscription;
DataSafe Online Backup (1 year subscription included in price);
on call plan.
- Ports in front: 2x USB 2.0; audio line out or headphone; card slot for
SD, MMC, etc. In rear: 2x USB 2.0; audio line out; microphone in; 2x
eSATA; HDMI (with audio); VGA; power.
- Power: external brick, 65 watts 19.5 volts, like a laptop.