Viewing page 6 of 6 pages. Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6
The Dell Studio Hybrid is a disappointment. On the one hand, it's one of the most visually attractive consumer propositions Dell has ever created. The look and style of the SH is undeniably cool. But that isn't quite enough to compensate for its relatively lackluster performance or its annoying acoustics, not at the asking price of our sample.
Our cobbled-together DIY mini-ITX system clearly outperforms the SH in almost every way, and it could easily be assembled into a case with much better acoustics, although not one nearly as small or stylish as the SH. The less capable but much more affordable Asus Eee Box provides equally attractive cosmetics in an even smaller box; for most of the functions that the SH is intended to do, the Eee Box is probably its equal. The much bigger but still small Anitec SilenT3 provides at least as good performance, and its acoustics are so far superior that the two machines aren't even in the same ball park.
The base $449 Studo Hybrid package is probably a better value than the higher-end model we examined. Its slower processor might make it less capable with HD video, but extra RAM might help that. The cheaper package may make it worthwhile for some SPCR readers to void the warranty and break into the box to modify the fan or replace it with a smooter, quieter one. Some intrepid modder will surely do this.
Despite our mostly negative assessment, we think the Studio Hybrid has some promise. Surely Dell can go back to the drawing board and devise a quieter cooling system, especially for a box that draws no more power than many a quieter notebook PC.
Our thanks to Dell
for the review sample.
* * *
Articles of Related Interest
Asus Eee Box B202: An Atom-based mini PC
Hiper Media Center PC HMC-2K53A-A3
Anitec's SPCR-certified SilenT3 PC
* * *
this article in the SPCR forums.
|Help support this site, buy the Dell Studio Hybrid 140G Desktop from one of our affiliate retailers!|