Nov 13, 2009 11:30 AM
Call us crazy, but the new Dell Inspiron Zino HD (starting at $229) looks awfully familiar. But even if it were "inspired" by a certain mini computer, the Zino has enough pizazz -- and a rainbow of fruit flavors -- to help it escape the ersatz mini label. With 1080p HDMI output and an optional Blu-ray drive or TV tuner, the Zino makes a cute little home theater PC that's great for streaming Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, iTunes, and Boxee, and for playing Blu-ray discs, should you go that route. In addition to the flashy colors and Blu-ray player, the Zino's other hardware options are a lot more upgradeable than that other computer, plus it runs Windows 7, which'll make you think you were using one, anyway.