Dell Goes Uber Stylish With Studio Hybrid PCs

by Karthik on July 31, 2008 · 14 comments


For long I’ve always felt that Mac’s were super sexy and did extremely well in the looks department of a computer. There’s this self attracting charm of the Mac’s that pulls in the crowds wherever you take it. Looks like Dell is aiming to do something similar with its Studio Hybrid Desktops.


Dell claims that the Studio Hybrid desktops are the most power efficient desktops in the market today and it Uses about 70% less power than a typical desktop, and it meets Energy Star 4.0 standards with an 87% efficient power supply. Well done Dell!

desktop_studio_hybrid_design3 The major selling point about the new Studio Hybrid’s is that they are extremely environmental friendly. Here’s what Dell has to say, ‘Studio Hybrid packaging is made from 95% recyclable materials. And the Studio Hybrid comes with a system-recycling kit, so you can help preserve and protect the environment‘.

Going by its looks you might feel that it is severely underpowered just like the Mac Mini. But it isn’t the case. The base model that retails for 499$ (without monitor) and for 699$ (with monitor) comes in the following configuration :

  • Intel Pentium Dual Core (1.86 GHz)
  • 8X Slot Load CD / DVD Burner
  • 1GB RAM (DDR2 , 667MHz)
  • 160GB Hard disk (5400RPM)
  • Integrated Graphics (GMA X3100)



The Studio Hybrid’s suffer from weak 3D performance due to the system’s integrated graphics, but if you don’t need to play 3D games, the Studio Hybrid is a good alternative to the boxy mainstream PC’s that have dominated the market since the dawn of personal computing. 

Personalization is an added benefit,  several acrylic shell colors are available including Topaz and Ruby, the system can also be wrapped in a bamboo finish and changed on the fly through a swappable sleeve. The design can either sit horizontally on a desk or upright by using a special stand.

The higher end Hybrid’s are just as good as the modern day towers with Core 2 Duo Processors and upto a maximum of 4GB of RAM.

Looking at all this, I feel that Dell has a winner at its hands. It beats the Mac Mini hands down with option of a Blu-ray drive for HD video, HDMI video out, an 8-in-1 card reader and the choice of a TV tuner.

With the impending refresh of the Mac line, we have to wait and watch for what Apple comes up with. I’d want the Mac Mini compete heads on with the Studio Hybrid. At the moment though it is the Hybrid’s winning the battle.

If only Hybrid’s ran Mac OSX, it would be the best small factor PC/Mac out there suitable for a small home theatre in your living room.

Nice industrial design from Dell. The bamboo model looks particularly nice. What are your thoughts on the Studio Hybrids?

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

SHuve July 31, 2008 at 8:11 am

i like the looks of it. I would never go back to a pc though.


CODEMAN July 31, 2008 at 8:21 am

@SHUVE – Why not? Whip up a little Hackintosh and your good to go.


PixlNinja July 31, 2008 at 9:00 am

He he,
Apple call ‘mini’ to a computer with same specification and similar dimensions, but Dell called it a ‘Hybrid’ :D
BTW the design looks like a kids toy, If I place this on my table, My brother will through it, saying thats his toy.. :D
Overall My Impression is negative to its design..


Chance July 31, 2008 at 9:22 am

Doesn’t change the fact they are still made by Dell.


IanG July 31, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Looks very nice. If i got one in the USA could i use it in the U.K ?


V1 July 31, 2008 at 6:28 pm

a dell will always be a dell.. enough said.

And i would prefer mini mac over this thingy.


Adonis July 31, 2008 at 6:50 pm

Nice to see a more sophisticated design for the desktop PC. Bored of these boxes now!


Shawn Milano August 2, 2008 at 11:07 pm

These systems are HOT!!!

Shawn M.


manpreet singh August 5, 2008 at 3:52 pm

it is a rocking make by dell


Steve August 16, 2008 at 1:31 am

Windows. Nuff Said.


Gerardo August 22, 2008 at 4:07 am

There is always the choice of Linux, Ubuntu is not bad at all.

The only thing that I could miss is the non existence of a powerful image manipulation software like Photoshop.

But i would stick to Mac also.


Troy September 5, 2008 at 8:14 am

It sucks, it doesn’t look enough like a box.


Rick January 26, 2009 at 3:22 pm

i agree… yes it looks very nice but its a dell…


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