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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:25 am 
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It's called the "Studio Hybrid"

http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=12519

Anyone know if it's fanless?


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Go to the Dell website, you can view a 360 degree view of it and see... a fan grille on the rear :)


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very nice and stylish, and I would buy this but for the following reasons I won't:

1) the price gouging. base model is $499 (£250) in the US, but $800 (£399) in the UK. I am used to this, but it still p1sses me right off.

2) the base model comes with a single-core Celeron. in 2008, for $800, that is not acceptable.

3) this model only ships with Vista as the OS, you are not allowed to "downgrade" to XP. this is also unforgivable.

so for a small, stylish SFF I will probably be going with an Asus Eee Box instead; while considerably less powerful, it is also half the price and will run XP.

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Looks pretty decent, especially at $500. 87% efficient power supply as well. :)

jaganath: Are you sure about the processor? US base model comes with a Core Duo T2390. Maybe you guys only get a Celeron, though. Sucks that a lot of Euro PC enthusiasts get shafted when it comes to prices. :(

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The Dell UK site has the celeron 550 in as the base package, optional upgrades to c2d are available.

I know that the UK pays 17.5% VAT (sales tax) versus 0-8% (?) in the US, however I seriously doubt it costs 213USD to send the computer from the States to the UK - especially given the size/weight of it...

Having said that: some (but not enough) electronic stuff is available for almost the same price if you subtract VAT

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however I seriously doubt it costs 213USD to send the computer from the States to the UK - especially given the size/weight of it...


especially since they are both coming from the same factory in China and costs to ship to the US/UK are about the same (it's still halfway around the world whichever way you look at it). Another great example of Rip-Off Britain. :roll:

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I really like the design. Depending on the noise, I would consider it had I not sold my soul to laptops. Maybe after I graduate...

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Been looking at something like this for my dad, but noise is a bit of an issue and I think he may find the eee box's performance a bit lacking.

He's also stuck with dell if he wants to buy it through work.

Anyone know if that fan is always on?


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I've heard they've been having a lot of overheating problems, which is why you're encouraged into the 1 year warranty....

I recall when Dell did 90 day warranties on Dimension PCs, they failed shortly afterwards.

Its hardly 'Green' building a machine that won't last, and that has an optional bamboo 'effect' housing. Typical greenwash.


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A review of the Hybrid:

Dell Studio Hybrid Desktop PC Unboxing and First Impressions

Dell Studio Hybrid Desktop Deep Dive Video Series


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