Unlike the ASRock Core 100 / Vision 3D, the Zino 410 HD ships with a wireless keyboard and mouse. The packaging is, therefore, appropriately bigger. Apart from the main Zino 410 unit, the package also contains:

  1. 90W AC / DC Adapter
  2. Wireless keyboard and mouse with batteries
  3. USB RF receiver for the wireless keyboard / mouse
  4. Media Center remote
  5. Black lid (to replace the silver lid present on top of the unit by default)
  6. Support CD and warranty information booklet

Of all the SFF HTPCs I have seen, the Dell Zino 410 HD HTPC has the best industrial design. The contours are quite pleasing and the unit blends in quite nicely with the rest of the AV equipment.

The front panel is taken up by a tray loading Blu-Ray drive on top and a headphone jack, couple of USB 2.0 ports, SD card reader and the IR receiver at the bottom. The power switch is on the top panel.

The left half of the rear panel is taken up by the cooling fan. A press switch to displace the lid is provided at the top and a hard drive activity light is at the bottom. Other ports on the rear panel include 2 eSATA, 1 HDMI 1.3a, 1 VGA, 1 Gigabit Ethernet jack, 2 USB 2.0, a mic/headphone jack, optical SPDIF and the power adaptor connector.

The Zino 410 HD is raised with rubber bushes, and also has ventilation slots on all four sides, as can be seen in the picture above.

Just like a notebook, this unit also supports simultaneous display on two monitors. Testing was done mostly with the HDMI output connected to a Toshiba REGZA 37" 1080p TV through an Onkyo TX-SR 606. For non-media playing related testing, the VGA port was connected to an Acer H243H 1080p monitor.

Our review unit shipped with Windows 7 x64 Home Premium and a OEM version of Cyberlink PowerDVD for Blu-Ray playback.

We will conclude this section with a table to summarize the data and A/V connectivity options for the Zino 410 HD HTPC.

A/V Connectivity Options for the Zino 410
Option Status
HDMI Yes [v1.3]
Component No
Composite No
SPDIF Yes [Optical]
Stereo Yes
Data Connectivity Options for the Vision 3D
Option Status
Optical Disk Drive Yes [Blu-Ray / DVD-RW]
USB Yes [4 x v2.0]
eSATA Yes [2x]
LAN Yes [ 1000 Mbps GbE ]
Internal HDD Yes [ 750 GB ]
WiFi Yes [ 300 Mbps 802.11n ]
Card Reader Yes


Introduction System Teardown and Analysis


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  • myangeldust - Saturday, September 10, 2011 - link

    The hardware is nice. It's got a cleaner design and a motorized slot drive. But Apple's version of a media center app is just an extension of the pay-to-play iTunes store. Reply
  • piroroadkill - Monday, February 21, 2011 - link

    A Mac Mini? Are you kidding? You'd be paying a lot more for a lot less. Less of everything. Reply
  • speculatrix - Monday, February 21, 2011 - link

    but, apple fans, His Lordship said that bluray was a bag of hurt, so I can't believe you'd even consider such blasphemy


  • myangeldust - Saturday, September 10, 2011 - link

    Blu-day is DOA tech. Once solid state and flash drives come down, movies could be sold on tiny chips you pop into a read-only reader slot. You'll be able to fit your movie collection in your pocket. Maybe Case Logic can make a leather wallet for 500 movie chips. Dibs on the term "Movie Chip"©. DB will become a replacement to DAT in the data archive market. Reply
  • Taft12 - Saturday, February 19, 2011 - link

    I can't comprehend the need to use a 3.5" hard drive in this unit! Why such a noisy beast in a machine intended to be an HTPC???

    IIRC, the 2.5" 7200RPM WD Black 500GB performs as well (or better) than any 3.5" 7200RPM rotational HDs on the market today (I'll be dipped if I can find the review that showed that result at the moment unfortunately... anyone?)
  • Ratman6161 - Saturday, February 19, 2011 - link

    On Newegg:

    3.5" 750GB Caviar Black: $69.99
    2.5" 750GB Scorpio Black $119.99
    2.5" 500GB Scorpio Black $69.99

    So, if you stick with 750GB and drop from 3.5 to 2.5 you add $50 to the price. Or if you want to keep the price the same you lose $250 GB. You make your choice and live with whichever compromise seems better to you.
  • Ratman6161 - Saturday, February 19, 2011 - link

    The review unit used in the article seems to be behind the times. If you go to the Dell web site, now instead of 750GB it's 1TB. If you want 1TB in a 2.5 new egg has one for $119 but it is a 5400 RPM not 7200.

    So its a trade off between capacity, physical size, and price. Pick any two. Actually more complicated than that since performance is involved too. But you get the idea. Trade offs have to be made and the choice Dell made is a valid one - though no choice could please everyone.
  • DanNeely - Saturday, February 19, 2011 - link

    This review was delayed for a while as Ganesh and Dell tried to troubleshoot video decode problems. Reply
  • DanNeely - Sunday, February 20, 2011 - link

    The Zino scales down to a $300 unit, a which point the capacity/price penalty for a 2.5" drive becomes significant. After that it's just a case of simplifying the design by only using 3.5" drives. What I don't get is why Dell didn't follow through on the high end and take advantage of the form factor by offering a 2GB model for the people who don't want to access their giant collection over the lan. Reply
  • taltamir - Saturday, February 19, 2011 - link

    I can't comprehend the complaint about 3.5" drives. They are much bigger, significantly faster, much cheaper, and only take slightly more power (5 watts total power consumption on load, 2watts idle). Reply

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