Dell Celebrates Death of Beige Boxes With Mini Studio Hybrid Desktop PCs

Austin-based computer maker Dell has released its new range of eco-friendly desktop PCs under the Studio Hybrid Range moniker, which complements its existing Studio range of laptops and targets consumers wooed by Apple.

The range apparently consumes 70 percent less power and is 80 percent smaller than a bog-standard computer and is the first range of consumer-oriented micro PCs launched by Dell (but certainly not the last).

The press release sent by the company also mentions that 95 percent of its packaging is recyclable.

The computer giant did release a number of pint-sized computers like the Optiplex GX280 but they were geared resolutely towards more corporate environments.

The Studio Hybrid on the other hand is Dell's first salvo to counteract the forthcoming wave of cheap computers from manufactures like Asus or MSI and includes superior features as well.

Gone are the Atom Processors, in with more powerful Intel Celeron or Intel Dual Core processors, there's Windows Vista Home Premium OS as well thrown in plus at least 1GB memory and a 160GB HDD running at 5400rpm.

This together with the fact that it has a slot in DVD Drive points to the desktop's PC laptop roots.

Other specs include HDMI, Wi-Fi, up to 4GB RAM and 320GB Hard Drive, Creative Audigy Based sound, DVI and SPDIF, a card reader as well as the possibility to add Blu-ray drive.

You can also customise the exterior of the PC with a number of sleeves costing £10 each with the bamboo style model available for £70.

The Studio Hybrid PC is available on Dell Online for only £399 delivered.