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Dell releases souped-up nano-PC to compete with Mac Mini PC

Austin-based PC manufacturer Dell, has announced that it will sell a minuscule PC that some commentators say could pit Dell against Apple's Mac Mini.

During a conference which was part of the Earth Day, at the Fortune Brainstorm Conference, Dell CEO Michael Dell said that the PC would be "the company's smallest and most environmentally-responsible consumer desktop PC."

The desktop, which may probably form part of the Inspiron family, is a fifth the size of a normal desktop PC and uses less than a third of the energy consumed by a typical mini-tower.

A spokesperson for Dell also said that the computer would come with recyclable packaging and would stand on a holder.

Although the spec list has yet to be revealed, bets are on for an Atom-based computer with 1GB memory, a 80 GB laptop drive, wireless connectivity and a slot-in optical drive.

The PC could well spark a deluge of small, environment-friendly and resource-light computers, in the same vein as the Asus EEE computer.

Popular small box manufacturer Shuttle is already selling SFF (Small Form Factor) computers that might inspire Dell.

Dell's new PC might resemble the Shuttle XPC below

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.