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  • Dell Inspiron Zino HD $249 vehicle computer

    Anyone using the Dell Inspiron Zino HD as a Car PC? I've searched the forum and came up empty. It's basically a PC version of the Mac mini for about half the price. The specs ain't bad either, 1.8Ghz Athlon (single or dual dore) processors and ATI video cards. It has VGA and HDMI output. There seems to be an option for Blu-Ray Rom player before, but Dell removed it from the configuration for whatever reason.

    Anyway, for the small footprint, it should fit well below the car seats or other small places. From what I read, it runs pretty quiet. So I'm wondering if they make good Car PCs? What do you guys think?

  • #2
    Originally posted by bebopblues View Post
    Anyway, for the small footprint, it should fit well below the car seats or other small places. From what I read, it runs pretty quiet. So I'm wondering if they make good Car PCs? What do you guys think?
    This looks very interesting. We have been told it works with the carnetix p2140 but haven't tested it yet. Here is what you get for 249$ Full PDF attached.

    1.6ghz
    vista 64 bit
    2 gigs memory
    250 gb 7200 rpm
    8x dvd-rw
    kb/mouse
    Attached Files

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    • #3
      That's pretty interesting! I were going to think to renew my whole hardware (that EPIA mobo now is struggling) reassimbling it, but for that price a "all in one" (almost) solution, assuming that it's "fast enough", it would be an option to consider.
      It also has an external power, so i can recycle my Me-ATX (i may even put it inside if there's enough space) and it doesn't suck much power (the whole box is rated at 75w .. so u gonna have spare watts for usb accessories and the monitor eventually).
      The only downside is that it has only 2 usb ports, but you may solve the issue with a power mini-hub.
      I'm tempted to buy it now.. mmmm... but wanna wait a review of someone using it into a car enviroment. Does anyone is going to test it?

      EDIT: it wants a +20v coming in... unless you can "modify" it. Now this put out of jokes the normal PSU's, and you need an inverter then.

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      • #4
        cool!!! where i can buy?
        Case - Neo Case (www.lex.com.tw)
        Proc - Intel Pentium M 1Ghz
        Chip - Intel 82852 GM
        HDD - 2.5" 120GB WD 5400RPM (SATA)+IDEtoSATA converter
        512 MB DDR2 PC5400
        XDX 7" Sensor TM - VGA Monitor
        MB - MI853AW (input voltage - wide range, 9V-32V)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by michael063 View Post
          cool!!! where i can buy?
          Hi all,
          New member here. Saw chance to contribute and thought I would do so.
          You may purchase the Dell Inspiron Zino HD at dell.com

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