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Dell Unveils 'Hybrid' Mini Desktop

The 8-inch computer ships with Windows Vista, either an Intel Pentium Dual Core or Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4 GB of memory, and 320 GB of storage.


Dell's Studio Hybrid Desktop

The 8-inch consumer desktop ships with Windows Vista and is available with either an Intel Pentium Dual Core or Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4 GB of memory, and 320 GB of storage.
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Dell on Tuesday introduced its smallest desktop, a stylish 8-inch consumer PC that's meant to fit anywhere in the home.

The Studio Hybrid is available in multiple colors and can be stored either vertically or horizontally on a countertop, bookshelf, or entertainment center. The computer, which ships with Windows Vista, is available with either an Intel Pentium Dual Core or Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4 GB of memory, and 320 GB of storage.

The Hybrid is available with a combination Blu-ray/CD/DVD disc drive. The computer also has an HDMI video connector for linking up to a digital TV. In addition, the computer uses Intel's Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 and has the option of built-in 802.11n wireless support, the fastest available Wi-Fi technology. The computer also has five USB 2.0 ports.

The Hybrid is about the size of a collegiate dictionary, measuring roughly 8 inches deep, 8 inches long, and 3 inches high. The device weights nearly 5 pounds. Available color sleeves, which are interchangeable, include bamboo, emerald, quartz, ruby, sapphire, slate, and topaz.

The Studio Hybrid is available through Dell's direct online sales channels. It's expected to reach select retailers in the fall. Pricing starts at $499.

Along with the Hybrid, Dell introduced two Inspiron PCs: a 13-inch notebook aimed at the back-to-school crowd and a desktop designed for everyday family multimedia activities. The Inspiron 13 laptop weighs less than 5 pounds and has several optional features, including built-in wireless networking, a Webcam, and Bluetooth connectivity. A "special configuration" of the notebook is scheduled to be available at Wal-Mart stores starting Aug. 3 for $699. Configurable systems will be available through Dell later that month.

The Inspiron 518 desktop includes Gigabit Ethernet, DX10 integrated graphics for casual gaming, an optional 500-GB hard drive and two easy-access USB ports for MP3 player synching. Pricing starts at $349, without monitor, and is available through Dell. A base configuration includes an Intel Pentium dual-core processor, Windows Vista, a DVD drive, 1 GB of memory, and a 250-GB hard drive.

The latest products reflect how Dell, like other PC makers, has been trying to attract consumers with stylish PCs and low prices. Consumers are no longer focused only on speed with computers, but look for a machine that looks good and performs particular tasks well, such as video or photo editing, analysts say.

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