Dell launched two new desktops today that build on the branding success of their Studio laptops and Studio Hybrid desktop. The two new computers, the Studio Desktop and Studio Slim, are geared toward use in home theater systems and other multimedia situations.
Both Studio desktops offer the following specifications:
- Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors
- up to 8 GB of DDR2 RAM
- 1 FireWire (IEEE 1394) port (two on the Studio Desktop)
- 6 USB 2.0 (4 front, 2 back) ports
- HDMI and VGA output
- S-PDIF output
- Integrated 7.1 audio
- Gigabit Ethernet
- 16-in-1 media card reader (Studio Desktop)
- 19-in-1 media card reader (Studio Slim)
- 350W (Studio Desktop) or 250W (Studio Slim) power supplies
Optional upgrades include:
- Discrete ATI graphics
- Blu-Ray ROM optical drives
- 802.11n wireless connectivity
- TV tuners
- 64-bit versions of Windows Vista
- Wireless keyboards and mice
The starting price for the systems will be $549.00.
The chunkier Studio Desktop (Studio MT) has 2-5.25″ external drive bays, 1 external 3.5″ bay, and 2 internal 3.5″ drive bays. It also has 1 PCI-e x16 slot, 2 PCI-e x1 slots and 1 PCI slot. The svelte Studio Slim (Studio ST) features the same expansion capability with the exception of having a single 5.25″ external bay.
The Studio MT is 6.7 inches wide, 17.1 inches deep and 14.2 inches high.
The Studio ST is 3.9 inches wide, 17.1 inches deep and 14.2 inches high.
The computers are fairly stylish, with glossy black faceplates. They wouldn’t be too out of place in a home theater setting, but hopefully the logos change orientation depending on whether the machine is being used vertically or horizontally. While the new Studio desktops have moderately good looks, they still seem to blend in with the rest of Dell’s offerings, and don’t have the striking looks of their parent Studio Hybrid desktop.
Internally, Dell’s aim to get these into media settings is obvious, with Blu-Ray drive options, not to mention the fact that even the integrated graphics subsystem is capable of decoding Blu-Ray discs. Over a terabyte (optionally) of disc space on the Studio MT would make it a great database of digital content.
It’s interesting that Dell has started pushing its way into the home theater space; until now the big name in prebuilt media center PCs has really been HP. It’s good to see another company push back. Hopefully we’ll see more offerings from Dell, and more companies in general, introduce products in this space. Come back later this week for our full review on the Studio Slim.
Dell’s Studio laptops and desktops product page (note: Studio MT and ST configurators will go live around 8am CST)